Boosting Terminal Efficiency
the Old-Fashioned Way
On May 17, a single crane working at Pacific Container Terminal (PCT) moved 534 containers in a single shift – averaging 66 containers per hour. On May 21, a single crane at Pier A moved 491 containers in a single shift – averaging 61 moves per hour.
While the off-the-charts numbers mark singular events, the records that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union crews shattered were their own. On a regular basis, vessel productivity at these SSA Marine Inc. terminals ranges between 33 and 36 moves per hour. That’s about 30 percent more efficient ship-to-shore discharging and loading than most West Coast ports, which average 25 to 28 moves per hour.