How might we get better visibility of lighter boats so as to improve operational efficiency at the Lighter Terminals?
Key Focus Area:
Jurong Port is a multipurpose port operator handling general, bulk and containerised cargo. Besides the main terminal, it also operates two Lighter Terminals. This is where ship supplies are loaded onto lighter boats for delivery to Mother Vessels waiting in Singapore’s anchorages.
Tracking of these lighter boats within the port waters is a challenge for the operators as they are not equipped with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) or Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) due to regulatory and cost constraints. This lack of visibility on the lighter boats’ movements and activities makes scheduling difficult and often inaccurate. Late arrivals of lighter boats result in long wait times for delivery trucks and loading backlogs for terminal users.
Jurong Port is looking for a cost-effective solution that can be adopted by lighter boat owners to provide real-time location visibility of their fleet. This data should be easily accessible by Jurong Port to allow them to improve scheduling, reduce congestion and improve overall productivity and operational efficiency at the Lighter Terminals so that the industry is able to better streamline its logistics chain.