Pipavav has introduced clearly marked parking bays for terminal trailers, providing a safe distance between each trailer. This provides drivers with a safe area to carry out pre-operation checks and protects them from other vehicles when exiting their trailers.
Clearly marked parking bays make sure that terminal trailers are parked at an angle and in a line, enabling drivers to exit left without time consuming manoeuvring. The parking area is also split into different zones according to vehicle numbers.
These initiatives have made drivers able to locate their assigned vehicles faster during shift changes. The designated parking area also ensures that there are no unattended vehicles left blocking access around the terminal.
What is more, a parking process for Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes (RTGs) was also launched at the end of the yard block. This has reduced pedestrian dangers for RTGs while performing shift change for operators.
The tool box room for crane operators has also been relocated in order to be closer to the operational area. Along with a visual management system (VMS), it helped decrease the time spent allocating cranes to operators.
With these measures, shift changes are 15-20 minutes faster, an amount that translates into an increased capacity of around 3% and the related reduction in vessel idle times. Gross moves per hour have also been positively impacted by around 16%.