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Reigning in productivity with 452 mph

ONE month after clinching its latest world record of 421 moves per hour, the Westports Malaysia operations team has once again shown its dexterity and skills in cargo handling when it managed to hit crane productivity of 452 moves in a single hour of operations with an eight-crane deployment.

This feat was performed on March 9 while working on another of French liner operator CMA-CGM vessels, MV Puccini. A total of 3,559 moves was achieved on this vessel, which sails on the North China service (westbound).

. The port's efficiency and good teamwork have once again upped the productivity achieved on a single hour by 31 moves to 452 moves.

The productivity achieved over such a large volume of moves across the vessel boosts the port's status as a leading mega transshipment hub in the region.

The operations team has time and again showed its commitment and dedication that augurs well for the future of the port as it continues to meet the demands and growing needs of its customers, who , are among the top players in the world.

Westports container terminal operations manager M. Nanthakurnar said the operation on MV Puccini was a total transshipment discharge of 3,559 containers.

"The highest total moves were achieved during the second hour of operations. During this period, there were two cranes that were performing 61 moves per hour and one 60 moves per hour. The other five cranes were doing between 48 and 59 moves per hour," he said.

"The average crane productivity for the overall operation was 50 moves per hour whereas the vessel productivity was 237 moves per hour:'he added.

Ensuring that there is continuous success and that the port stands among the few players with marked improve ment on performance, Westports executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam said: "Though we have just within a month made another milestone achievement, this is only the beginning. Westports stands among the top five ports in the world to have achieved such a remarkable rate of productivity."

"I would also like to congratulate the eight-quay cranes operators: Rosle Manap, Han-ddi Tohak, Jamaly Syne, Mashatul Azman Mohd Thahir, Ismail Yusof, Ramli Ismail, Sargunan Selvarn and Mohd Rozali Kamaruddin as well as the team for making this feat possible:'said Gnanalingam.

This feat was a great effort displayed by all quarters beginning from the planning department to the maintenance and repair team who were on 24 hours standby to ensure that the entire operations was executed without any delay. In addition, landside operations were co-ordinated to achieve this feat.

During the port's earlier recordbreaking stint of 421 moves per hour, CMA-GCM group chief executive vice-president Farid Salem had lauded Westports' container operations team, saying "with the outstanding performance on CMA-CGM's vessel, MV Rossini, the team has elevated Westports'image to the top".

CMA-CGM , vice-president for Asia-Europe lines, Nicolas Sartini, agrees.

"I do not know of many terminals in the world which can perform similar productivity," he said.

The quay crane operators who worked on MV Rossini which berthed last February were Azmi Ashaari, M& Hanim Che Megat Dewa, Mohd Noor bin Salleh, Ramis Krishnasamy, Ismail Abdul Rahman, Rumzi Hassan and Yogendran Yoganathan.


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