During Q2 the terminal has achieved 28.7 gross crane moves per hour (GCH) against a target of 26, ship working hours (SWH) of 58.2 moves against a target of 44 and truck turnaround time (TTT) of 32.2 minutes against a target of 35.
Another contributor to GCH was a training milestone that saw 73% of the annual target met, with all berth operators completing RTG training. Operators have gained confidence and are currently in the mentorship phase. In addition, the vessel change over (VCO) had improved drastically in the quarter meeting the target of four hours.
The launch of the new Truck Entrance in September 2011 boasting five lanes, has added great value in providing a quicker service to trucks. In September alone, the TTT improved to 31 minutes from 33 minutes in August.
Although the terminal encountered wind delays, a more focused approach to its windy recovery plan has paid off. Cape Town’s windy season is experienced in November to May and runs concurrent to its peak season. This year, the terminal has reviewed its windy season strategy and has already begun with implementation of some initiatives. These include a review of a standard operating procedure (SOP), which now entails the monitoring of wind speeds in intervals of 20 minutes instead of 60 minutes.
(Source: Ports & Ships)