Despite being in the middle of an expansion and development process that includes major dredging operations, quay lengthening and additional equipment implementation, SCT’s performance has not been affected. The recent call of the APL Yokohama saw a vessel productivity of over 80 moves per hour attained throughout the operation, with the use of only two rail-mounted gantries.
Paul Hennessy, SCT’s manager, said “This is not unusual – this level of productivity is a week-in, week-out occurrence. However, it is exceptionally rewarding to be still able to achieve it during the unavoidable upheaval of the terminal development.”
Gulftainer’s success has garnered the interest of other international gateways. It has a close relationship with the Kuwait Port Authority (KPA), for example, and key KPA personnel recently arrived at KCT on a regular liaison visit. The delegates saw for themselves the activity at KCT, which is widely regarded as achieving the best consistent productivity performance of any major container terminal worldwide.