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May 16, 2014   -   Posted by opc   -   in News   -   Comments Off on “The start was chaotic, but the terminal is now better than ever”

OPC, which handles the container terminal of the ENP, bought four new mobile cranes and improved logistics in the port. They claim to have an average of 23 moves per hour.


Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The container terminal is averaging the best numbers of his story now that is managed by the Port Operator Central (OPC), said John Corum, its CEO.

The representative of OPC Journal PRESS spoke about the current situation and compared it to what it was when the container terminal was managed by the National Port Company (ENP).


-What improvements achieved OPC in the container terminal?

 When the Port was responsible for the terminal, in 2010 the average number of container moves per hour was 20.8, in 2011 it was 21, in 2012 dropped to 20 movements per hour, in 2013 it dropped to 19; but in the months that have OPC to operate, this year we have an average of 23 moves per hour.  We bought four new mobile cranes and lots of latest technology and quality equipment. The idea is to turn this port into a place of elite.


-He many complaints service that provides OPC received, why?

It is not easy to take care of a container terminal. The start was chaotic, but the terminal is now better than ever.


-Complaints against OPC affect the image of the port?

Yes, maybe the beginning there was a lot of noise, but today we have good productivity values, work much more concrete industrial safety, there are volumes that are being put in solitary, vessel operations made in shorter time and look and results of our work. If we had a time when problems occurred, we are now at another level and the idea is to keep improving and growing.


Generated hassle-increasing rates of OPC before the benefits of their labor would be, is this problem solved?

Rates were exposed. Basic rates were part of the contract and special came up for discussion with stakeholders of the port.  Customs agents, users, shippers, etc., met several times since November last year and this resulted in the adoption of special rates above 7 February. They socialized.


He paid back the fees demanded to increase, is it?

It is a very good point. In the past two months, spanning March and April full, by orders of the Government of Honduras and as a proper delivery of OPC to building this new system, OPC not charge demurrage or storage container when the owner of a commodity is presented to claim, and between then and the DEI could not revise its claimed container.


-What’s new terminal will OPC in the short term?

We begin infrastructure work. There are many works that are not seeing, as installation of ducts, piping, wiring, fiber optics. Our responsibility is to continue to operate and meet the works that are required to do by contract. While that happens, arriving equipment purchases to be made and is retraining people, there is a large investment of time and effort into this. We want workers to have the level that requires the company to provide quality service.


 -There is a fence that divides the area that handles OPC with the ENP and the bulk terminal, why?

It is a security issue according to international conventions since 2004 worldwide. It is an agreement of protection of ships and port facilities.  Each terminal must have the fence and respond in terms of safety. It also shares the security strategies of the Government of Honduras.


-What level of service is the container terminal compared to others in the region?

The trend is good. We’re better than yesterday, but we continue to grow and we believe that in the third quarter of this year will reach high standards and international boundaries.


-Some point to the DEI and others Fenaduanah to cause delays in the terminal, what is the problem?

You can not generalize, I would have to do in each case. The activity and Puerto Cortés and logistics procedures are organizing and improving and that takes time.


-Have requested assistance from the government to continue to meet its security measures and tax evasion, but with more agility?

We believe that Honduras’s foreign trade volume will grow and grow traffic Puerto Cortés. We analyze and propose to the Government together with all the new and high technology to work at the pace of that growth methods, we can not stay stagnant. We’re thinking that in about two years to grow the level to reach one million TEUs (equivalent units 20 feet) and they (government) are going to need a lot more technology to review, to control, and so on and we have to supplement it with team surveillance, control of weights and measures, among other things. We are willing to cooperate with the government.


How is the security?

Security in the terminal conforms to the stipulations of the agreement Ship and Port Facility. That is controlled by state agencies. Within the ENP has a port security scheme, which we form a small part. Puerto Cortés has a safe harbor certification to work with the United States. It is always improved.


 -What has been the experience of OPC in Honduras so far?

 It’s good. We are here to provide solutions and the set of people who make up the Port works in the same direction and that is essential for good results. The port of Puerto Cortes come to be what it was or even more.


It has adapted to changing personnel spent the ENP to OPC?

They are gradually adapting. We’re trying to motivate them, to see the possibilities and careers they can do either here or elsewhere, because the port activity is very standard, so that someone who trained here could be then other country. The people of Honduras port is ready and we have verified to work with this staff.


How many employees does OPC?

1,131 direct and indirect.


Why certain personnel of PNA happened to OPC were dismissed?

Some people adapt and another not. Only wants the best for everyone. No other reasons.


-Some say dismissed by agreement should be employed a minimum of time and that his dismissal was illegal, was it?

We are in what are the laws and regulations of Honduras. Everything we’ve done has been in the framework of the law.


-Have those dismissed defendant?

I do not know if they have done, we have not been notified.


-Were there campaign against OPC?

There were complications at the beginning, but it’s normal when there are big changes.

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