DPA to Adopt “Just In Time” for Ship Operations

In line with the directives of the Transport Minister Eng. Kamel El Wazir to develop marine ports and services to maximize the role of maritime transport in supporting the national economy, Damietta Port Authority (DPA)has completed a study to gauge how to implement Just In Time  (JIT) in ship operations in collaboration with  port community.

DPA has had a coordination meeting with representatives of stevedoring companies, shipping agents, General Authority for Export & Import Control, Damietta Customs and Navigation Chamber to discuss this new concept which aims to reach zero level at outside port anchorage .

According to JIT, the shipping agent has  to submit a vessel berthing request, reporting  the arrival date of the vessel not less than 72 hours in advance with reconfirmation not less than 12 hours . The stevedoring company has to finish all loading/unloading request procedures in 24 hours. At the same time, DPA shall inform calling vessel in advance of its designated  berth and actual departure date according to the set standards. Thus, the new JIT will help save time, reduce costs and harmful emissions from ships at the port.

During the meeting , It was agreed to take all necessary measures to ensure quick adoption of JIT and address any obstacles that may arise.

The new JIT concept is still under study by  IMO and if successfully implemented by Damietta, it will be one of the first ports in the world to use the concept even before it is approved by the IMO.

DPA Staff