TBA’s Process Improvement Program (PIP) aims to improve port performance and decrease cost at no major expense to the terminal owners.
Over the past decade, innovation within the container terminal industry has been primarily focused on keeping up with ever increasing volumes, rather than considering the importance of both operational cost and performance levels.
As a result of the global recession of 2009, terminal operators have become painfully aware of the consequences that come with ignoring such a grounded interest in terminal operation.
Even in today’s recovering market, the need to remove any operational inefficiencies terminal-wide is undeniable.
In a number of case studies, TBA found that potential for improvement exists in a number of facilities globally.
As such, the company has developed the PIP program in hopes to streamline performance and improve costs without further investment.
Examples include; increasing terminal volume by 10-15 percent without additional funding, even if the yard was previously considered “full”, a reduction in equipment used on site, without a drop in service levels, alongside increases in productivity without increased investment in equipment.
Furthermore, cost reduction targets of 5-15 percent are often exceeded to 20 percent, resulting in a payback time spanning over less than a year in most cases.