Ports can do more with the resources they have
Terminal Operators are continually challenged to increase revenue while faced with extreme competition and demand from customers to do more for less.
In a recent Port Strategy article, it was reported that increasing pressure to improve break bulk related operating efficiency is posing a serious challenge to operators as demand for machinery, equipment and components to support worldwide commercial projects ramps up.
It was suggested that the most obvious solution to overcome inefficiencies in break bulk handling is investment in facilities and processes, but what are the other options available to smaller ports who do not have the means to buy more land or expensive machinery?
Technology is one answer.
One area where break bulk terminals can make their own quick gains in performance is implementing or upgrading their terminal operating system (TOS), to ensure every possible piece of capacity is extracted from existing infrastructure, delaying the need for costly investment.
A TOS specifically developed to handle a mix of cargo types can enable the port to compete effectively for new business, being equipped to handle more than just containers can vastly improve the bottom line by attracting shippers who handle a mix of cargo types, and give operators the opportunity to do more with the resources they have.
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