Transporting containers via inland river ports have been continually rising in popularity, cumulating last year in 2016 with a total volume output that had reached 2 million TEUs. To satisfy the growing demand for river transportation, Thai Prosperity Terminal (TPT), one of Chao Phraya river’s leading river port service providers, have invested in developing its capabilities and efficiencies in river port services. With cutting-edge technology, employees’ development programs, service network expansions, and strategic growth planning; TPT aims to cover and support all clients’ needs.
TPT and SCG Logistics Management have teamed up to provide logistics and delivery services that meet all of their clients’ logistics demands. TPT is determined to continue investing in its operational and terminal services advancement.
LM magazine had the honor to speak to Mr. Tawee Srichainak, Managing Director, Thai Prosperity Terminal (TPT) and Mr. Pornchai Daungkeowuttikri, Regional Container Business Lead, SCG Logistics Management. The two experts gave us an insight on TPT’s quality services and future plans to drive the business strongly forward.
Since 1989, TPT has been operating a river port located in Phrapradaeng, Samut Prakarn province, that is located next door to one of Thailand’s most robust industrial zones that plays host to several large industrial manufacturing plants. This proximity has given TPT an advantage in allowing its clients accessibility to the river port, as well as being situated on the road that connects it directly to Laem Chabang Port and many other industrial destinations.
“Our location is our important strategy because we are located near Kanchanaphisek road (Outer ring road) and Bhumiphol bridge. This allows our clients easy access to our port and convenient transshipment to other modes of transportation. Our clients can easily transport their containers to other destinations in a timely manner with a lower cost at our location,” said Mr. Tawee.
TPT has also dedicated terminal number 10 and number 12 exclusively for international feeder transshipments and a barge-specified port routing between Laem Chabang port and industrial zones in Samut Prakarn and Bangkok area, respectively. “With 8.5 meters draft, our port is able to support the biggest international container ships allowed by the Port Authority of Thailand. Once a container ship is docked, transshipment can be done without concern about channels or quay depth,” Mr. Tawee added.
Customer Centric Services
For over two decades, TPT has been offering efficient services and solutions to satisfy client demands, and has become a household name for many shippers in Thailand.
TPT has sectioned the area inside the port to make room for more service stations. The port also boasts an 80,000-square-meter container depot with specific areas for common containers and a dedicated reefer-specific depot. The port also features four different warehouses; three of which are dedicated to imported goods and one specifically for export goods, which is also able to support general, controlled, and dangerous goods. All warehouses are equipped with advanced fire safety systems, and are operated by experienced warehouse experts who are ready to respond 24 hours a day,” said Mr. Tawee.
Furthermore, TPT port features an inhouse customs clearance and a Food and Drug Administration service unit operating at all office hours for TPT’s clients. “We want to grow TPT port into a river transportation hub that can cater to all of our clients’ needs all in-house. When a client comes to our port, they are able to both move their containers and get administrative processes for import-export done under one roof. This is because we understand how critical time is to our clients. This led us to offer both official and administrative support, which saves a lot of processing time for our clients,” Mr. Tawee explained.
Moreover, TPT port is operated with cutting-edge equipment and technologies that contribute to a smooth operation and management of containers. TPT has invested in technology to expand its potential and efficiencies. It aims to reassure its clients that their goods are cared for with modernized equipment that will process and handle their containers in a timely manner, at a competitive cost, and with safety at the heart of their operation.
Mr. Tawee elaborated, “Recently TPT has placed a purchasing order for some harbor cranes along with the latest innovative equipment to facilitate and ensure more efficient operations. Moreover, the company has decided to renovate our container depot and add a new stuffing station to increase our stuffing capability per day. This renovation also allows us to store more containers in our depot and do so more efficiently.”
Besides investing in advanced equipment, TPT also puts an emphasis on developing its technological side to elevate its capability and reputation as a river transportation port service provider. “TPT thinks that investing into technological advancements for the near future is vital to our service. This is because we are seeing more and varied activities with our incoming clients, and it puts pressure on us to be more precise in information exchanges. The company has planned an investment strategy for a new software solution that will allow our clients to conveniently access and go over their order information. Our clients will also be able to track and see their container’s status in real-time with this software. The development of this software will add to our services in terms of quality, precision, and operational transparency, which are all at the core of our policies,” Mr. Tawee added.
In addition to investment for developing its services, equipment, and IT software, TPT has laid down its new business strategies to push themselves further to the front of international river port service providers.
TPT has invited Mr. Pornchai Duangkeowuttikri, who is an expert in international logistics and port business, to join TPT and SCG Logistics Management in developing inter-regional logistics and freight businesses.
“TPT’s goal is to offer more complete logistics services. Today we are offering import-export services for general cargo, freight forwarding agency services, warehousing services, and high-quality transportation services. TPT will be working with SCG Logistics Management in preparation to expand our international transportation services to cover different countries in Asia; including China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Plus, we are preparing to offer intermodal transportation services, such as a cross-border transportation service within the CLMV region that includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. These added services will surely make TPT one of the top regional transportation service providers,” said Mr. Pornchai.
“SCG Logistics Management is helping TPT to develop a specialty in handling consumer goods by modernizing and standardizing their operations. At the same time, TPT itself has already invested in advanced equipment and port innovations necessary for the goal we both have set,” Mr. Pornchai added.
With the ambition to provide a reliable one-stop logistics service, TPT has become one of the leading river port service providers in the country. The company refuses to just standstill and stop expanding their potential; they are continuously building up their service network coverage, as they strive to become the regional hub for transportation. The ultimate goal of TPT is not only to elevate themselves, but to also elevate the reputation of Thailand’s private port sector internationally.