Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eastern Sea Laem Chabang Terminal Company (ESCO)

Eastern Sea Laem Chabang Terminal Company (ESCO) ก่อตั้งเมื่อปี 2533 (1990)เป็นผู้ประกอบการเอกชนรายหนึ่งในการบริหารท่าเรือน้ำลึกแหลมฉบัง ESCO จัดการ Container Terminal B3 (ESCO LCB) ที่แหลมฉบัง Laem Chabang, และเป้นผู้ถือหุ้น LCB1 terminal อีกด้วย, นอกจากนั้นยังดำเนินการ inland container depot (ESCO LKB) ที่ลาดกระบังอีกส่วนหนึ่งด้วย [คุณศิริชัย ดวงแก้ว ผู้บริหารเข้าร่วมรับการอบรม] ESCO จัด Mind Mapping Workshop รุ่น 1635 ที่แหลมฉบัง เมื่อวันที่ 22 ตุลาคม 2551 มีพนักงานทั้งจากลาดกระบังและแหลมฉบังเข้ารับการอบรม 40 คน ESCO ต้องหการใช้ Mind Map ช่วยพัฒนาศักยภาพพนักงานในเรื่อง การตัดสินใจ การจับประเด็นและย่อความ การวางแผน คิดสร้างสรรค์ ESCO ให้บริการแบบบูรณาการ ให้บูรณาการแก่ลูกค้าแบบบูรณาการในระดับสากล - a container freight station, container yard storage, road and rail connections, and documentation and customs clearance. The container freight station facilities, or CFS, are the only independently operated facilities of this kind both at Laem Chabang port and at the Lat Krabang ICD, offering a total area of 9,180 sqm. ESCO LCB also provides 45,600 sqm of container yard storage which is the equivalent to a storage capacity of 7,600 TEUs. At Lat Krabang ICD, ESCO offers 72,000 sqm of storage space which combines areas for storage, cleaning, repairing and reefer monitoring. Operating both the ICD module and the port terminal allows ESCO to provide a seamless service for container movements between the two destinations. Road and rail links from the port make ESCO’s services more attractive still. Customers using the Lat Krabang ICD for further transportation onto Laem Chabang benefit from the twice-daily direct service between the container depot and the port. Likewise, the direct road link on the Chonburi motorway provides a convenient and uncongested route from depot to port. At both ICD and port terminal, customs clearing procedures are easily dealt with as the Customs Department is allocated an office at both sites. And ESCO’s Documents department is always on hand to assist with any customs or documentation formalities, helping both shippers and consignees alike. ICD and Terminal Activities and Efficiencies Operating the inland container depot offers a different focus to the activities required for operating the terminal. At the ICD, ESCO is more exposed to the shipping line’s customer - the Thai exporter - and as such, the shipping line is very sensitive to the way their customers are treated. This results in a great deal of attention being paid to providing an impeccable level of customer service. In Laem Chabang however, the shipping line’s priorities change to focus more on operational factors. With much less stuffing or un-stuffing taking place at the port, the focus shifts to a faster loading or unloading time for containers, because when a ship is in port, time is money - especially when the carrier’s highest expense is the vessel’s hourly leasing costs. This is particularly important for ESCO during the present environment of low freight rates because, while the carrier operates on wafer-thin profit margins, they wish to offer a carrier a faster turnaround time so that the ship can be on its way instead of standing idle even for an hour more than necessary. Helping a carrier leave on time also aids cost-efficiency as the vessel will not need to run at increased speed to its next destination, and can therefore be more energy-efficient - a crucial consideration with the present trend of high bunker prices. But efficiency isn’t just for the benefit of the shipping line. Through improvements in loading and unloading times, and therefore faster turnaround times for vessels in the port, the length of time a ship occupies the berth is reduced and therefore ESCO is able to create additional berthing space which it can sell for other ships. Information Technology To continue to offer the best in productivity and efficiency, ESCO invested by implementing the Computer Automated Terminal Operation System (CATOS), which has been designed and developed to maximize the productivity of terminal operations. The Korean software system is already used by ports throughout Korea, Malaysia and Japan as well as the United States, helps ESCO consolidate its position - and that of the port of Laem Chabang as a whole - as a world leader in port services. The CATOS system allows ESCO to gain greater synergies from operating both an ICD and a terminal. Sharing cargo, container and ship information across a single computer systems will allow fast and accurate ship, yard and resource planning; it facilitates improved operational monitoring, control, and problem solving; and access to a single database of information [เปรียบเทียบท่าทางช่วยใช้สมองซีกซาย (สองภาพแรก) และซีกขวา (ภาพขวาสุด)]