The implementation of a range of measures to streamline shift changes at APM Terminals Pipavav is reported to have reduced vessel idle times, added capacity and reduced the impact of shift changes on productivity, as measured by crane moves per hour, by around 16%. At the same time, it has also improved trailer driver and crane operator safety, the company states.
Clearly marked parking bays have been introduced for terminal trailers, ensuring a safe distance between each trailer. This gives drivers a safe area to conduct pre-operation checks and protects them from other vehicles when exiting their trailers. The new bays also ensure that terminal trailers are parked at an angle and in a line, enabling drivers to exit left without time consuming manoeuvring. The parking area is also split into different zones according to vehicle numbers.
These changes are claimed to have enabled drivers to locate their assigned vehicles more quickly during shift changes. The designated parking area also ensures that there are no unattended vehicles left blocking access around the terminal.
A parking process for RTG cranes was also introduced at the end of the yard block. This has reduced pedestrian hazards relating to RTGs during operator shift changes. The tool box room for crane operators has also been relocated closer to the operational area. Together with a visual management system, this has helped reduce the time spent allocating cranes to operators.
According to APM Terminals, shift changes are now 15-20 minutes faster than before. This translates into increased capacity of around 3% with an associated reduction in vessel idle times. Gross moves per hour have also been positively impacted by around 16%, the company states.