SPC gives PBLIS thumbs up in annual report

Sydney Ports Corporation has used the release of its annual report for 2010/11 to hail improvements wrought by the Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy (PBLIS). The strategy, which came into effect on February 28, allows for both container stevedores and trucking operators to be fined if slots fail to be fulfilled. Since then, the system had consistently reduced truck average turnarounds at Port Botany from more than 50 minutes to about 30 minutes per truck, according to the Corporation.
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DP World gains cranes as upgrade continues

Stevedore DP World has taken delivery of four new rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) for its Port Botany operations.

They are part of a longstanding equipment upgrade for the company’s Sydney container terminal and come both as competitor Patrick indicates that it will upgrade some of its wharf hardware and in the wake of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission noting that national stevedore productivity had levelled out. They also precede the arrival of a third stevedore, Hutchison Port Holdings, next year.
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