The implementation of new standard operational procedures for container lashing at APM Terminals (APMT) Gothenburg has reduced quay crane waiting times by 90%.
Using ‘Lean’ methodology, which is being adopted across all of the company’s terminals around the world, a ‘transformation team’ at the facility identified the root cause of the time delay – inaccurate information provided to the vessel crew.
As a result, the team has implemented a revised process to ensure that the information sent out to each vessel call is clear, accurate and standardised.
Vessel crews now commence unlashing in the order and sequence required to optimise the operation.
The sequence is determined by a number of factors, such as container weight, optimal position in the yard or stack, and where the cargo will be loaded/offloaded next.
Ensuring that the team starts unlashing in the correct bay, with the right container, is meant to ensure that operators on the quay can start the discharge directly.
Consequently, quay crane waiting times have dropped from 38 minutes to four, enabling vessels to continue their onward journey sooner with associated cost savings.
Magnus Lundberg, APMT Gothenburg chief operating officer, said: “Our local improvement cycles are based on the Lean methodology and have brought new knowledge and developed solutions that reduce crane waiting time at the lashing startup.”
The terminal is the only one in Sweden capable of handling 19,000 teu container vessels.