Guarding against container handling downtime



Barry Larrain, Big Trucks Industry Manager, Hyster Company


When cargo handling equipment suddenly fails, the consequences can be cataclysmic.

Terminals depend on mission-critical equipment like container handlers to power through the unloading process as soon as cargo vessels arrive, freeing space for more shipments and getting vessels back on the water generating revenue.

Delays unloading can thwart on-time delivery to beneficial cargo owners, racking up financial penalties and straining relationships as downstream consequences come to a head and backlogs disrupt other incoming vessels.

Terminals simply cannot afford tight margins to be threatened by the productivity and profit impacts that result from equipment outages. This paper addresses the practical steps port terminals can take to minimise downtime risk in their cargo handling equipment.

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