BCT highlights efficiency gains from technology and infrastructure

Hutchison arm says service levels boost aiding truck and ship turnarounds

BCT highlights efficiency gains from technology and infrastructure
BCT says cargo is being moved quicker at Brisbane terminal


Hutchison Port Holdings’ Brisbane Container Terminals (BCT) is hailing increases in truck turnaround times due to technological and terminal developments.

Container terminal manger Matt Carley, who arrived in April, says the improvement is a result of the growing expertise of the BCT team and new equipment coming on line and a focus on improving wharf and landside service levels.

"Over recent months we have been able to build on the solid work the BCT team has done since opening in 2012 − adopting new technologies for Australian conditions and helping transport operators become familiar with the new processes, many of which are automated," Carley says.

"That work is really starting to payoff. Truck turnaround time has been trending downward for months and is now averaging well under 30 minutes.

"Additionally the exceptions, individual trucks that are delayed, are rapidly diminishing in both frequency and duration. 

"Combined, this means truck turnaround times are consistent and predictable, making it easier for transport operators to schedule their fleets beyond our terminal.

 "We will continue to hone our expertise and systems and work with transport operators to gain maximum efficiencies."

BCT’s ship service capabilities were enhanced with the arrival and commissioning of two additional quay cranes in June.

"Having twice as many quay cranes is obviously a big boost to our wharf-side capability," Carley says.

"Perhaps more importantly, we now ostensibly have a full complement of skilled and committed employees.

Gross crane rates have been topping 35 moves an hour on some services, he adds.

Construction has started to expand the container stack area aimed at doubling BCT’s capacity, when completed in 2015.



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