On 22nd May 2012 Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) set two important new productivity benchmarks for container terminals in Vietnam.
While handling Maersk Line‚Äôs vessel, the 116,100 DWT, 9,038 TEU MV Mette Maersk, CMIT handled 2,100 containers during an 11 hour, 30 minute port stay. Gross crane productivity was 43 container moves per hour, resulting in berth productivity of 183 moves per hour.
‚ÄúThis is certainly the first time CMIT has crossed the important benchmark of 40 crane moves per hour, and we believe we are the first container terminal in Vietnam to have done so‚ÄĚ, commented Steen Davidsen, CMIT‚Äôs General Director. ‚ÄúWe also believe our berth productivity of 183 moves per hour using just 5 Ship-To-Shore cranes sets a new benchmark for Vietnam‚ÄĚ he added.
CMIT measures berth productivity based on the total time the vessel is available for work on the berth starting from the time the gangway is secured and ending upon time of vessel sailing or half an hour after operational completion should the vessel not sail immediately upon completion. Time is never deducted from this berth productivity calculation so CMIT‚Äôs berth productivity is a true reflection of the time the vessel spends working at the terminal.
‚ÄúTerminal berth productivity is a critical cost driver for all shipping lines, and high berth productivity translates directly into significant bunker cost savings for us‚ÄĚ, commented Peter Smidt-Nielsen, General Director of Maersk Line, Vietnam. ‚ÄúAchieving the levels of productivity being delivered to Maersk Line by CMIT is quite remarkable ‚Äď and particularly so for a terminal that has been operational for just fourteen months. We are delighted and offer our warmest congratulations to the operational team at CMIT‚ÄĚ he added.
CMIT handled its first vessel on March 30, 2011 and since that time has welcomed 151 vessel calls, handling over 351,000 TEU of export and import containers to and from Vietnam‚Äôs major trading partners in Europe, North America and Asia.
Dredging Today Staff, May 31, 2012; Image: APM Terminals