Ports of Balikpapan and Belawan implement new digital system

The Indonesian Ports of Balikpapan and Belawan are to implement the marineM digital platform from Singapore-based software company Innovez One, following the agreement of a new contract with port services company Pelindo.

The marineM job planner is a Marine Operating System (MOS) that will optimise marine services for arriving and departing vessels, such as allocating tug pilot and service boats. The Ports of Balikpapan and Belawan will use the software to digitise the entire pilotage process, automatically recording position and job information to capture operational data and feed it into the billing process.

The port operator aims to reduce errors through use of the application and create greater scope to optimise vessel and berth allocation, assisted by the software’s AI-powered algorithms. The port is also looking to use AIS and GPS to automatically log vessel activity, minimising errors in data capture.

“We’ve seen how marineM as a Marine Operating System has enabled a digital step-change for ports around the region and we are excited to work with Innovez One to make our marine operations smarter, more efficient and more transparent,” said Prasetyadi, President Director of PT. Pelindo Jasa Maritim.

“The first and last mile of any maritime journey are some of the most complex to manage, and as we grow, the ability to handle these stages of the supply chain digitally is only going to become more important.”

On October 1st, 2021, Pelindo I, II, III and IV were merged into one entity, which covers the whole of Indonesia and has become the 8th largest terminal operator in the world. The merger also resulted in the creation of a new sub-holding called PT. Pelindo Jasa Maritim (Pelindo Marine Service), covering the whole of Indonesia.

“The Ports of Balikpapan and Belawan have become busier over the last year and have recognised that, in order to capitalise on this success, they need to digitalise and optimise the hundreds of pilot, tug and supply boat journeys that take place every day,” said David Yeo, CEO and Founder of Innovez One.

“With so many operations and jobs happening at once, and the necessity to respond to a dynamic and ever-changing schedule, ports need advanced artificial intelligence to help them optimise their activities. This not only saves time and speeds up operations but can reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs if boats can do more work while travelling shorter distances.”

“It also means that stakeholders up and down the supply chain can predict marine services operations further in advance and plan accordingly.”

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