The Moín Container Terminal (TCM) has reduced its vessel idle times in April 2023 to an average of 67 minutes, with a record 44 minutes, from an average of 93 minutes in the same period the year prior.
Last year shipping lines saved more than 2,000 hours of port dwell time compared with the same level of container volume in 2021, according to the latest release from APM Terminals (APMT).
This allowed ships to sail to their next destination faster than before and freed up the berth for the following ships.
Dwell times are projected to reduce even further during 2023, creating a direct benefit to shippers, the environment and their end consumers.
The high levels of productivity at TCM has recently enabled around 19 vessels per week to call the terminal, making it possible for seasonal export products, such as bananas, pineapple, melon, and others, to arrive without delay in their main consumer markets.
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“The Easter holidays, plus the delay in the arrival of some ships, puts a lot of pressure on the entire supply chain during these two weeks, including the quay,” explained Mehdi Ben Mouloud, COO/Deputy MD of APMT.
“This year, thanks to high productivity, the performance of the terminal staff and good coordination with port users, we were able to handle this season in a very efficient and orderly manner,” Mouloud added.
Earlier this year, the Moín Container Terminal celebrated the arrival of its 4,000th vessel since its opening in 2019.
More recently, TCM received the MSC ELMA, its third largest vessel to ever berth at the port since operations began in February 2019.