Port of Felixstowe Starts Recovery


The Port of Felixstowe has started to recover from the delays experienced in early July 2018, caused by the failure of its terminal operating system (TOS).

The Hutchison Ports facility’s increased throughput has come after the port made key upgrades to the TOS over the course of last week.

It handled 74,000 TEU in the week ending 22 July, a rise of 70,000 TEU from the previous week, although this is still lower than throughput handled in July 2017.

Hutchison Ports reported that it had handled 11,600 rail containers during the week commencing June 16, including a 15% increase in the number of containers loaded to trains.

Marc Boyer Chammard discusses whether TOS systems are efficient enough in a recent Port Technology technical paper

The number of misses as a percentage of total rail containers handled was 5%.

This was an improvement on the double-digit percentage misses of the previous few weeks.

In a statement made on July 24, Hutchison Ports said that its aim was to “maintain” its level of performance as more rail were reinstated.

It added: “We made a number of key upgrades to our new terminal operating system over the course of last week. This has resulted in important improvements to our performance.

“One such change was on the stacking arrangements in the container yard which has resulted in fewer shuffles being undertaken and the reduction in unproductive moves has delivered better productivity, particularly for ship and rail loading, which was one of our target improvement areas.”

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