Yard Quality App in a Nutshell

Why?

Many terminals would like to have more insight and knowledge on the quality of the yard to monitor and improve the yard performances. As the quality of the yard impacts the performance of the terminal, it is highly valuable to get good insight.

How?

The Yard Quality app helps the user in gaining that insight by regularly logging several yard KPIs. These yard KPIs will be presented in clear graphs to both show the current status and the progress of the KPIs over time (e.g. yard occupancy over time, average import pile height, number of mixed bays).

Head of Port Planning at PTP Malaysia on the Yard Quality App:

“PTP are using and evaluating Yard Quality APP as it helps us to get more detailed insight to current yard conditions and variables than what traditional Lists/Recaps can achieve. But it also helps to monitor the level of Chimney piles developing and creating a suitable work plan to resolve”

A few examples are:

RTG Terminals

At RTG terminal the goal is to keep bays as uniform as possible. When using generic ranges with Expert Decking, bays can become mixed. One of the KPIs shows the number/percentage of mixed bays:

Mixed Bays Yard Quality App

Mixed Bays Yard Quality App

Another KPI shows the number of containers per section factor, which shows if there is perhaps too much segregation which leads to many very small groups:

Containers per section factor Yard Quality App

ASC and SC Terminals 

At ASC and SC terminals other KPIs can be relevant, e.g the number of mixed piles, these are piles with containers of different stacking factors, which can lead to rehandles when the containers have to be loaded.

A KPI specifically for ASC terminals is the number of containers on the wrong side of the block, e.g. export containers on the landside half of the ASC module, or imports on the waterside half. This leads to longer moves for the ASC and more risk of hindering between the ASCs.

When the data in these graphs is analysed together with more basic graphs from the tool (e.g. number of import/export containers on the terminal, number of empty ground slots in the yard), the user can see if there is potential to improve this and can take action where needed.

Other KPIs include for example:

  • Average pile height per category
  • Number of Chimney piles
  • Number of light on heavy containers