Konecranes, a group of lifting businesses serving shipyards, ports and terminals among others, has signed an agreement to deliver container handling equipment to state-owned terminal operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero), (Pelindo III).
The order comprises 10 ship-to-shore cranes, 20 automated stacking cranes and five straddle carriers. Delivery is scheduled for 2014 and 2016. Without disclosing the exact value of the contract, a release from the equipment providers said it is valued at more than EUR100 million (US$130 million).
The order comes in the wake of a new nationwide freight transport programme introduced by the Indonesian government to improve the movement of goods through the country's vast waterways. As part of this programme, Pelindo III will construct a new terminal called Lamong Bay Terminal in Surabaya, East Java, with the opening planned for 2014.
"A safe and uninterrupted container flow in the terminal is our customers' uncompromised need, just like predictable operational costs are for us," said Pelindo III project manager Prasetyadi. "Considering these circumstances we feel confident in cooperating with Konecranes aiming to build up business success in Indonesia and more widely in South East Asia."
"The country and its market are big and rapidly growing. Konecranes is poised, with its products and services, to be a partner in Indonesia's drive to become a global top 10 economy by 2025," a statement from the provider of lifting solutions said.
The new container handling equipment uses the latest in crane technology intended to maximize productivity. "We are proud to be the first to deliver an automated container yard in Indonesia," said Tuomas Saastamoinen, director, sales and marketing.
"Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago and has the fast growing provincial economies, so its ports are crucial to international, regional and domestic trade," added Philippe Richard, country director in Indonesia.
Konecranes' Indonesian headquarters is located in Jakarta, and it has branch offices in Makkasar, Surabaya, Batam, Pekanbaru, Medan and Balikpapan. It provides service to 300 Indonesian customers from different sectors such as paper, steel, mining and ports, the Shipping Gazette informs.