The container port of Sapangar Bay. –The peripheral markets
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd (SPSB) has received two global awards for “Emerging Port / Terminal of the year 2021” and “Port / Terminal of the Year – South East Asia 2021” by the prestigious Global Port Forum. This is SPSB’s second consecutive victory after receiving the Port / Terminal of the Year – South East Asia award in 2020. Over 74 award categories were presented, aimed at recognizing contributions made by organizations and professionals in several areas of the ports and terminals industry. Datuk Ng Kiat Min (pictured), managing director of SPSB, said:
“We are honored that the international community continues to recognize SPSB’s capacity as a terminal operator. Despite a difficult year for the maritime industry, SPSB has remained focused on innovating and improving its service and facilities in order to create more value for our port users. Key achievements in 2021 include SPSB’s first entry into LNG bunkering operations after being appointed as the primary service provider for PETRONAS ‘first LNG bunkering operations in Sabah. Successfully completing the transfer to the port of Sandakan, Sandakan was chosen due to its strategic position between Australia and East Asia, thus providing SPSB with a huge opportunity to provide ancillary maritime services to vessels using this route. road. In addition, the establishment of the KK Port Offshore Gateway earlier this year, which provides oil and gas players with a base at KK Port, provides the impetus for SPSB to further develop a single hub for service solutions. integrated maritime. More recently, SPSB improved its management of referral containers at the Sapangar Bay container port by investing in the automation of a refrigerated container monitoring system. Thanks to this technology, the temperatures of reefer containers are now recorded and monitored automatically throughout their stay in the port. This ensures the integrity of the goods while eliminating the inefficiency of manual monitoring.
Considering this, Datuk Ng said, “More and more ports are innovating for efficient business continuity and a key element is migrating to become a smart port. SPSB has focused on digitization and automation to support better cargo management and an overall cleaner port. Since taking on the management of dry bulk operations at the port of Lahad Datu this year, SPSB has achieved a higher rate of productivity and improved the safety of dry bulk handling. SPSB has invested in upgrades to equipment and improved operational processes to strengthen safety standards and ensure maximum efficiency. Starting next year, SPSB will continue this initiative at its east coast ports, namely Sandakan and Tawau Port. Regarding the company’s sustainability goals, Datuk Ng said, “Our commitment to SPSB’s green policy has reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions in the port’s commercial operations. For 2022, SPSB will prepare for ISO 14001: 2015 certification (Environmental management system) as well as ISO 45001: 2018 certification (Occupational health and safety management systems). By committing to these standards, SPSB commits to improve and move forward in a responsible, environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. She added that “SPSB also aims to be a pillar of support for the community. By 2021, the company had helped fund marine conservation, education, community projects, medical equipment, and many forms of humanitarian aid. “The SPSB worked with Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Sabah to launch a free vaccination program for the maritime community between July and August of this year. freight forwarders, shipping agencies, stevedores and others. The Global Port Forum, which has a network spanning 43 countries with main bases in Dubai and Singapore, will host an award ceremony for the winners at the next Global Port Forum Awards to be held in February 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and / or WhatsApp channels for the latest unmissable news.
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