Customers at the Port of Felixstowe are benefitting from record-speed turnarounds on the quayside as part of a program of continuous improvements at Britain’s Premier Port.
The port set a new record for the number of container moves on a single vessel in a 12 hour shift with the recent call of the Maersk Sarnia. The 8,152 TEU vessel is one of a number of very large container ships making regular calls at the UK’s busiest container port.
In the 12 hour shift, 602 moves were completed by an individual Quayside Gantry Crane (QGC), which is the equivalent of over 50 moves per hour, at an overall speed of 182 moves per hour (mph) across the vessel. The port is now seeing 29 or 30 mph on individual quay crane performance as a ‘norm’, with every customer seeing a new mph benchmark set during 2012.
Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, which owns the Port of Felixstowe said:
“I would like to thank the excellent workforces responsible for making this phenomenal achievement possible. It is a reflection of the close collaboration between the Port of Felixstowe and Maersk Line’s operational teams and a great deal of not only hard work, but team work, on the part of operational staff and management.
“It is not enough to provide our customers with the best, most state-of-the-art facilities and equipment at the Port of Felixstowe; for us, the workforce operating the terminal are also of vital importance. Through thorough training of highly skilled and customer-focussed staff, we are able to provide a service that is not only efficient and speedy, but also dedicated and individual. It is our commitment to be the port of choice for the UK market and with results like this, I think we are well on our way.”
In the past 12 months the port has achieved an overall improvement of 24% in real operational moves per hour on vessels over 325m long.