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Published: 20 June 2009      

Container terminal benchmark data released

The Global Institute of Logistics will release an abridged version of its Container Terminal Quality Indicator

The CTQI was launched last year by GIL after three years of development work to establish key performance indicators (KPI) in partnership with Germanischer Lloyd. It addresses not only in-terminal indicators, but also broader questions such as hinterland access, choice of intermodal services, transparency and communications in the transport chain.

HHLA’s CTA terminal was the first terminal to be certified and is reapplying for certification this year.

Speaking at TOC Europe in Bremen, GIL’s CEO Kieran Ring expressed disappointment with the low take-up of the CTQI, although that was tempered by a high level of interest in the intellectual property of the CTQI.

“We are concerned at the lack of stakeholder alignment in port communities,” said Ring. “For example on the US West Coast we have PierPass, but DCs in the Alameda Corridor are not playing ball so there is no point in drayage companies working a third shift because once they clear the terminal gate the drivers have nowhere to go.”

In another development, GIL will seek to build strong working relationships with leading software development companies to incorporate CTQI benchmarks and KPIs in future releases of their TOS systems, enabling terminal operators to run reports directly from the system.

Jade Software Corporation of New Zealand wil be the first TOS developer to work with GIL (more specifically with GIL’s Hamburg Committee) on this.

GIL has also set up a Port Cluster Governance Committee (PCGC). “We believe that port authorities need to embrace the role of economic strategists and actively promote the implantation of quality systems like CTQI among their terminal operator stakeholders,” it stated.

Spain’s biggest container imp/ex port, Valencia, has been awarded “best-in-class” designation following a review of operating standards within “global maritime port clusters” undertaken by GIL. The chairman of Valencia port authority, Rafael Aznar, has been appointed chairman of the European Chapter of GIL’s Global Maritime Logistics Couincil.

Over the next two years the PCGC will convene 10 times under Mr Aznar’s chairmanship, each time in a different port cluster, each drawn from a different global location and each at a different level of maturity.

Mr Aznar joins Dr Fu Yuning, chairman and CEO of China Merchant Holdings, who is chairman of the China Chapter of the GMLC.

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