MANILA – The Honduran unit of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana SA de CV (OPC), is improving its dock operations by reducing service times of container vessels docking at the Specialized Container and General Cargo Terminal in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.
ICTSI said it has rolled out new systems and processes to speed up the loading and unloading of containers as well as reduce operational costs.
“We are glad with how port stakeholders in Honduras and the Caribbean received the new systems and processes we implemented in Puerto Cortes to improve customer service. We envision our ICTSI Puerto Cortes terminal not only to become a major terminal in the Group, but a key port in the Caribbean serving Central American trade,” said Marcelo Suarez, senior vice president and head of the Americas Region.
Among the changes implemented were a new vessel segregation system based on destination, size and weight and a new “window docking” scheme that enables ships arriving at a predefined time to dock immediately upon arrival.
The window docking system allows precise planning and better management of resources and personnel, as well as maintenance of machinery and spaces.
Port users are also given access to OPC’s web portal for the processing of export entries, which was specifically designed to help users adapt to the changes and streamline processes at the port.
OPC increased its workers to 150 from 30 following a new policy that requires Customs in Honduras to empty containers for inspection. The workers were added to offset the longer processing time brought about by the new inspection routine.
Puerto Cortés is one of the El Salvadoran exporters’ main gateways to the Carribbean. OPC is expected to invest $624 million for the first 10 years of concession to sustain the region’s development and growth.
Enrique Razon's ICTSI, which is the Philippines’ largest port operator, has a portfolio of 29 container terminal operations in 21 countries across six continents.