Dual Cycle operations introduced at Cape Town port


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11 Nov 2010

transer_port_terminals.gifFreight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), has implemented Dual Cycle operations at its Cape Town Terminal with aims of further improving productivity and efficiency. Dual Cycle operations "involves planning the

discharging and loading of containers on the same bay of the vessel,"
Hector Danisa, TPT's assistant terminal executive of the Western
Province terminals told local media.

"Instead of finishing a discharge across the vessel before doing a load operation, this is done simultaneously," Danisa added.

This method leads to faster operation and savings by minimising empty trips for both haulers and cranes, local media reported.

Dual Cycle was piloted at the Cape Town Terminal in early October as a collaborative initiative between TPT and Maersk.

Since the first test, Dual Cycle operation methods have been used with three vessels, most recently on the Maersk Dryden.

The Maersk Dryden is said to have experienced excellent performance by
reaching a container mover per gross crane hour (GCH) of 34 GCH and
ship working hour (SWH) rate of 82 moves which represented a 41%
improvement on the terminal's average.

“Some glitches are expected in the initial period, but the most
important thing is that a new way of operation has been introduced and
eventually only benefits can accrue from it," said Dakalo Mboyi,
Operations General Manager Maersk Western Cape.

Source: Portworld

Sources:  www.Shipid.com

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