Tecon Santos posts a new record: 155 Movements Per Hour (MPH) in its Maersk Lirquen operations
Yesterday, January 11, Tecon Santos posted a new productivity
record for operations in the Maersk Lirquen ship: 155.5
movements per hour (MPH). The terminal managed by Santos Brasil on
the left bank of the Port of Santos broke its own record (136.64
MPH, achieved with Monte Cervantes on June 1, 2010).
The operations in Maersk Lirquen took place between 2:00
a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and involved 1,983 containers handled in
approximately 13.5 hours of operations.
The terminal's monthly productivity indicator in the last 30
days is 81.42 MPH, the highest figure for container terminals in
South America, placing Santos Brasil at the same efficiency level
as Europe's leading terminals. The calculation of the monthly
average considers the MPH of all vessels in a 30-day period. Tecon
Santos handles an average of 100 container ships per month.
According to Caio Morel, Santos Brasil's Chief Operating Officer,
average monthly productivity is the true measure of operational
consistency, since it indicates the productivity level that, on
average, all clients measured. "But it is also important that we
reach exceptional productivity levels, as in the case of Maersk
Lirquen and Monte Cervantes, as these performances
show that average productivity can increase, in addition to
providing ship owners with a shorter stopover at the port, thus
allowing them to sail at a lower speed towards their next
destination. This saves fuel, whose cost is a heavy burden for
maritime operators," said the executive.
Morel also explained that maintaining average monthly
productivity at the best international levels, as Tecon Santos has
consistently done, requires a sharp and motivated staff, in
addition to extensive planning, training and cutting-edge equipment
- all ingredients that, according to Morel, Tecon Santos knows how
to develop in its operations.
Santos Brasil has continually invested in staff training and the
modernization of its terminal, acquiring state-of-the-art
equipment, which is essential for continually increasing
productivity. The incorporation of new equipment ensures higher
efficiency and container storage capacity in the terminal's yard.
Investments since 1997, when Tecon Santos took over the concession,
amount to R$1.9 billion (in current values), mainly allocated to
quay and yard expansions, technological upgrading and staff
training. "Because productivity has increased in a structured
way, i.e. in a homogeneous manner in all our operations, Tecon
Santos has reduced the average stopover time of its clients. This
is a tangible gain from our increased productivity," concluded