Does the sys­tem work?

Cargo Talk - - Ports -

Be­fore com­ing on site, the hauliers reg­is­ter their lorry con­sign­ment de­tails on a sim­ple and stream­lined on­line sys­tem. On en­ter­ing the port, the sys­tem will scan the lorry, cap­tur­ing all de­tails (con­tainer num­ber, con­tainer size type, hazard plac­ards, bolt seals, con­tainer dam­age) au­to­mat­i­cally through op­ti­cal char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion. It will also scan the li­cence plate and take a photo of the driver. The driver pro­ceeds to a kiosk, scans the bio­met­ric ID card (this work more ef­fi­ciently, op­er­ate smarter and of­fer sus­tain­able route to mar­ket.

This port-cen­tric ap­proach could mean work­ing with cus­tomers to of­fer lo­gis­tics and ware­hous­ing so­lu­tions us­ing ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties on site, al­low­ing goods to be pro­cessed and dis­patched to dis­trib­u­tors quickly. It might be the fa­cil­i­ties that in­clude rail or canal links from port to pop­u­la­tion hubs and of­fer cost sav­ing that can’t be ob­tained else­where.

That’s what we are do­ing with our new con­tainer ter­mi­nal Liver­pool2, which will be con­nected to the na­tional im­port cen­tre at Port Sal­ford via the Manch­ester Ship Canal, road and rail. Such de­vel­op­ments have also been pro­posed at lo­ca­tions in Asia

Third, par­ties should agree on per­for­mance mea­sures, use in­cen­tives and penal­ties (on both sides) to drive be­hav­iour and work to­gether to cre­ate a cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment.

We have taken a ma­jor step for­ward this year with two key fac­tors of equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy - by in­stalling the Navis N4 Ter­mi­nal Op­er­at­ing Sys­tem (TOS) and in­tro­duc­ing Au­toGate at our con­tainer ter­mi­nals. Th­ese are both part of an in­vest­ment of £9.7 mil­lion in­for­ma­tion sys­tems to help de­liver faster turn­around times through a stream­lined process from land­side or quay­side en­try to exit.

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