Noting that many of the best practices in safety procedures can also be effectively implemented at terminals operated by other companies, APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer, based in The Hague, Netherlands stated, “As an industry, we should have zero tolerance for injuries and accidents. We feel that terminal operating companies are not competitors but should consider themselves as partners in this initiative.
“The programme aims to change mindsets and increase individual accountability through workshops prepared in 12 languages. We welcome the opportunity to share the enhancements and reforms this initiative will create.”
APM Terminals is aiming to eliminate fatalities throughout its Global Terminal Network, which consists of over 50 terminals in 31 countries. This will be accomplished through accident prevention awareness, an overview and reinforcement of operational safety procedures and the adoption of a new philosophy of workplace behaviour in which safety is integrated into core business processes.
Worldwide, container terminal handling volumes are approaching 500m teu annually, including transhipment and empty repositioning, as international trade continues to expand. Industry analysts have projected that traffic will double to over 1bn teu by 2020.
The growth of the industry clearly generates economic development but also the increased statistical risk of terminal accidents and workplace fatalities, according to APM. The inherent challenges of working with large vessels and multiple cranes will increase as both vessels and cranes become larger. Coordinating the simultaneous movements of ships, containers, cranes, trucks, barges and railcars during time-limited vessel calls has become an intricate science requiring ever higher safety standards, pointed out the company.