In its efforts to curb stealing and attain global best standards and efficient service delivery in port operations, Five Star Logistics Terminal has unveiled an automated pedestrian access gate at Tin Can Island Port.

The electronic gate, fitted with facial recognition and e-card system, is tipped to sanitize the port, collect port user’s data, curb pilferage and address security challenges at the seaport terminal.

Speaking with newsmen at the launch of the eGate recently, the Terminal Manager, Five Star Logistics Limited, Mr. Jaysing Kamthe, described the development as a fulfillment of the terminal’s biggest goals since the port concession in 2006.

“Since we took over this port terminal in 2006, we have been longing to introduce this innovation to improve the access control into the port for efficiency and improved service delivery. This is a multipurpose cargo terminal and there is a need to have proper access control for people who utilize the port terminal,” he added.

According to him, the development will spark a reduction in logistics costs as transactions at the port terminal will be handled in a more timely manner for customers to enjoy better service delivery.

“Only those who have business at the port terminal and have been activated can access the ports. Those who have the cards but don’t have cargoes at the port will not be activated. So, the movement of people within the terminal will be restricted. We are also improving the cargo delivery process in a way that port users can evacuate their cargoes within the shortest time possible,” he remarked.

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As part of efforts to address pilferage and other sharp practices, he noted that the terminal is increasing its surveillance system via CCTV cameras from 24 cameras to 70 cameras.

Speaking on the cost of the new service, he stated that “this venture is to facilitate trade and improve service delivery within the ports, so we are not looking to charge a lot of money for the access cards or registration. The cost hasn’t been decided but we will ensure that it isn’t much.”

Meanwhile, the Customs Area Controller, Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi,  admonished port stakeholders not to abuse the process but collaborate with the terminal operator to address possible shortcomings.

On his part, the Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Sylvester Egede, encouraged other port operators within Tin Can Island Port to learn from the commendable strides of Five Star Logistics Terminal.

“Without automation, we can’t generate data. Apart from security, it reduces the number of people within the port premises. Sanity in the port is paramount and we all have a role to play in achieving it. We encounter other seaport terminals to introduce the same innovative security and port management equipment at their facilities,” he said.