n addition to operating Container Terminal B3 at Laem Chabang Port, ESCO holds major stakes in Container Terminals A0 and B1. Together, these terminals have a capacity of more than 2.2 million TEUs.
In April 2003, PSA invested in ESCO. A joint venture between Japan’s Marubeni and Kamigumi and PSA, one of the leading global port groups. PSA participates in port projects across Asia, Europe and the Americas with flagship operations in PSA Singapore Terminals and PSA Antwerp. ESCO operates state-of-the-art facilities with a strong complement of equipment, technology and expertise in the strategic locations of Laem Chabang. The company is perfectly positioned to handle Thailand’s ever-growing container volume with one-stop services for all.
It is often difficult to differentiate the services of one privately held terminal operator from another. Private sector entities have an obligation to their stakeholders, customers, employees and shareholders, and as a result all strive for efficiency. What sets ESCO apart, however, is its independence from any shipping line, allowing the company to treat every customer with impartiality.
With no single carrier as a major shareholder, we are free to deal with customers on a first-come first-served basis, and can guarantee complete confidentiality as there are no controlling shipping lines that may have a vested interest in their competitor’s cargo and movements.
The continual satisfaction of ESCO customers is attributable not only to our state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and technology, but to our people. The ESCO team is committed achieving excellence by focusing on safety, reliability, punctuality and productivity in compliance with the requirements of our ISO 9001:2000 certification. With these principles uppermost in the minds of our management and staff, we are able to not only maintain a successful and strong ESCO, but contribute to the growth of our group, our country’s economy, and our long list of customers whose expectations are invariably exceeded.
To assure customer satisfaction, management and staff at every level are instilled with these quality guidelines:
- Implement and maintain an effective quality management system.
- Establish and monitor measurable objectives.
- Comply completely with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
- Ensure that all employees are well trained and equipped.
- Continuously review and improve our level of service to assure that we not only meet, but exceed, customer expectations.
ESCO’s Quality Policy and associated objectives are reaffirmed at every management review meeting, and communicated and understood at every level of the organization.
ESCO’s B3 Terminal, and the B1 Terminal in which ESCO holds a majority share, offer a draft and berth length that is able to serve all of the latest generation Post-Panamax vessels. Laem Chabang Port’s waterways, bounded by a lengthy barricade, provide steady currents that allow vessels to navigate conveniently and safely to each terminal. The basins of the B-series terminals also have excellent wind and wave protection alongside, making vessel berthing operations a breeze.
A massive on-berth container yard provides a more than sufficient buffer for inbound and outbound containers while an off-site CY( container yard) just a few hundred meters from the terminal manages empty containers at customers’ disposal.
At our primary B3 Terminal, a berth length of 300 meters and a draft of 14 meters means that we are ready to serve even the latest post-Panamax sized vessels and guarantee a swift turnaround time for every size of containership.
ESCO’s six gates manage and control access of inbound and outbound trucks. The gates are fitted with two container weighing machines. Gate operations have been converted from a manual operation to an integrated and technologically advanced gate system. ESCO’s gates incorporate data input systems capable of transferring data in real-time to the Computer Automated Terminal Operation System (CATOS) – minimizing gate turn-around times and maximizing stevedoring and terminal handling efficiency. The current average gate processing time is three minutes per container.
ESCO’s B3 terminal has an overall area of 105,000 square meters. The container yard within the terminal has an area of 25,000 square meters, capable of storing 6,000 TEUs of dry containers. For reefers, or refrigerated containers, ESCO has a special zone allocated to plug-in 430 reefers with staff to monitor the status of reefers throughout its stay. ESCO also has an offsite container yard with capacity for storing up to 3,200 TEUs.
ESCO’s maintenance facility is a dedicated shop for repairing on-site equipment 24/7. The facility and its mobile units can respond instantly to equipment repair needs as well as conduct regular maintenance tasks to ensure ESCO’s equipment is up and running at all times, minimizing downtime to provide services without delay.
ESCO uses CATOS (Computer Automated Terminal Operation System), an integrated terminal management solution, to maximize container terminal productivity and gain greater efficiency, enhance service quality, and increase profitability.
With CATOS, ESCO is able to improve carrier turn-times to maximize revenues. ESCO can also optimize space, equipment and labor with sophisticated algorithms, increase terminal utilization through yard, vessel, and resource planning and provide greater operational control and monitoring of terminal assets and cargo.
ESCO operates four ship-to-shore gantry cranes – one post-Panamax, which was purchased in 2006, and three of Panamax capability.
The new ZPMC gantry crane is equipped with special twin-lift Bromma spreaders that can lift two 20-foot containers simultaneously and has a reach of 18 rows, meaning that it is more than capable of handling the ‘mega-vessels’ of the future. The increased capabilities of new gantry cranes is also allowing us to move containers faster and with greater efficiently – bringing obvious benefits to our customers through improved productivity and shorter berthing times.
The other three units are from IHI and can lift a maximum of 41 tons each.
Ten rubber tyred gantries manage ESCO’s B3 container yard to maximum efficiency. Two RTGs are Kalmar units that have the ability to stack one over six containers high while eight are from Sumitomo and can stack one over four
The ‘E-One’ Kalmar RTGs are part of our ongoing effort to boost yard productivity and cater to ever-increasing capacity requirements. The two units are the first RTGs at Laem Chabang Port to run entirely on an electric as opposed to a hydraulic system. This allows them to operate more efficiently and economically because without hydraulic components they consume less energy. The RTGs’ ability to stack containers up to one over six high allows ESCO to optimize cargo volumes and utilize yard space more effectively.
ESCO’s fleet of trucks and chassis for container haulage within the premises consists of 25 units of Nissan Diesels with 320 horse power each. With vessels at berth, the fleet engages in a powerful operation of ship-to-yard, yard-to-ship transfers and supports efficient container yard management in line with RTG operations.
Reach stackers from Kalmar powers ESCO’s laden container lifts with capacity for up to 40 tons, five containers high. Environmentally-friendly engines offer low emissions, smoother automatic gear shift and driver controls. The Kalmar reachstackers offer more throughput per hour through increased performance and reliability. Its hefty power train, with the new load sensing variable displacement hydraulic system and an innovative and proven control system, delivers true performance in all operating conditions, whether in the handling of full or empty containers.
Empty containers have to be moved or stacked quickly and efficiently. They must be stacked high and close together in order to exploit the available land area to the full. Empty containers at ESCO are handled by a Kalmar empty container handler capable of maximum lifting of 10 tons, five containers high. They work in tandem with the trucks and chassis which are specifically designed to allow fast yet safe lifting.
Our CFS operations are fleeted with six units of forklifts with different lifting capacities suitable for different weights and sizes. The forklifts consist of one unit with a 2.5-tons lift capacity, four units with 3 tons and one with 4.5 tons. Each forklift is dispatched to stuff and un-stuff containers and delivery trucks at ESCO’s on-terminal CFS facility as well as manage the warehouse area to gain maximum efficiency in cargo picking and retrieval.