APM Terminals Poti To Commence Uninterrupted 24/7 Operations For Increased Efficiency
APM Terminals Poti has commenced the implementation of uninterrupted 24/7 operations for maximized berth utilization, increase efficiency and to speed up vessel handling.
The implementation of a flexible workforce management solution will take place in two phases. Single berth occupancy will be applied in phase one. Currently, the workforce has allocated to the free berth will be assigned to the operational berth to cover break times and support a smooth and uninterrupted workflow.
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The second phase is expected to be fully implemented in Q4 2019. The second phase will apply when both berths are occupied. In this case, an external, flexible workforce will be applied to speed up the vessel handling process.
This concept of being flexible also means that, in alignment with the best international labor practices, equipment operators will receive two breaks. This proactively addresses potential fatigue issues, improves safety and work-life balance, and has a positive impact on productivity and customer satisfaction.
During trials involving a number of shifts on a variety of different vessels, the positive impact on productivity was confirmed. The implementation of continuous operations during single berthing alone is forecast to increase capacity at the terminal with an additional 8,677 moves for the remaining 2019. Around 55% of the total operational time is taken in single berth occupancy. These improvements will contribute to faster vessel turnaround times and once phase two is fully implemented, it will equate to an additional 56 crane hours per week.
The APM Terminals Poti team will continue to engage different stakeholders that will directly influence the logistics chain in the port, for promoting this new way of working and ensure its long-term success.
Klaus Laursen, Managing Director of APM Terminals Poti, congratulated his employees for, “This utterly smart and mutually beneficial remodeling,” and wished them every success in future endeavors to take customer experience to the next level in Poti Sea Port.