Since January 2008 two new Japanese built MES-Paceco ship to shore gantries have been operating on the 325 m long Terminal 1 and can handle vessels 18 rows across at a rate of 30 moves/hour. Another two similar units arrived on October 9, 2008 and will be in service in January 2009.
At this time, the Yilport facility will have achieved its phase one capacity of 450,000 teu and will be capable of achieving 100 moves/hour. “This will make us the number one in berth productivity in Turkey and the only equipped with more than three STS gantry cranes,” said Yilport CEO, Robert Yuksel Yildirirm.
Moreover, recognising that yard support is a must for improving and maintaining terminal efficiency at the highest level, “We have agreed to purchase 16 new Kalmar terminal tractors to add to our existing 21 units and they will also be put into service at the beginning of 2009,” he said.
Yilport has also purchased the Navis SparcsN4 Terminal Operating System, with employees commencing systems training in January 2009 in order to begin using the system by March. “By making the most efficient use of vessel and yard planning with the Navis programme, we intend to further increase our productivity to 120 m moves/hour,” said Yildirirm.
Accepting that equipment and construction works alone are not enough, considerable importance is being attached the training of personnel. “As a result, we have signed a purchase agreement with ABB for crane simulators that will be in use in early 2009 and which will improve the efficiency, speed and reliability of our operators in the shortest possible time,” Yildirirm concluded.