Applies to: Port Authority & all terminal operators
Function: Collaboration portal
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In late 2013, the Port Authority convened the Port Performance Task Force (PPTF) comprised of executive level port constituents. The goal of the Task Force was to identify challenges to port efficiency and provide a forum wherein everyone could discuss their common interests; identify challenges to port efficiency and service reliability and recommend potential solutions and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), all aimed at maintaining the port’s position as a preeminent port in the United States.
After extensive collaboration, the task force produced 23 recommendations, which the PPTF prioritized according to impact on long-term efficiency and service reliability as well as feasibility of implementation. These recommendations, based on input from the port community, indicated a need for increased efficiency, measurement, communication of data in a timely and meaningful manner, and transparency.
We were contracted to address two of the Primary recommendations:
Port Community System
Today, the Port of New York/ New Jersey uses an Advent developed system known as Port Truck Pass (PTP) to issue and manage Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for drayage trucks. PTP was been developed by Sustainable Terminal Services, INC (STS); a nonprofit corporation composed of the five major container terminal operators at the port. This system can be readily modified and expanded to include additional services in a single website. It is envisioned that the Port Truck Pass system will provide more enhanced services to the port community.
Truck Tracking Through RFID
Reliable and accurate information about conditions throughout the supply chain enables informed decision making, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity. Today, information about terminal conditions is reported one to two times a day by some terminals in what is often referred to as a “burst fax.” These reports simply state qualitatively that the gates are, for example, “light and running free” or “heavy traffic expect delays.” Similarly, the truck drivers have taken to reporting conditions on their own through the Port Driver Facebook page with comments that are not helpful and often inaccurate the moment they are posted.
A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system was introduced in the port to identify all trucks seeking access to the secure area of the container terminals. Through a series of readers installed at each container terminal gate, small RFID tags mounted on nearly 16,000 trucks that service the port are automatically read, allowing the terminal operator to determine if the truck meets the requirements for entry.
RFID technology is a cost effective and reliable method to seamlessly monitor activity. The current RFID system can be expanded to quantitatively measure and report on various truck movement times including turn times within the terminal, queue times at terminal entrance gates, and traffic on the port roadways leading to the terminals. However, since the RFID system is privately owned and operated through STS, discussions are needed to explore the viability of expanding the existing system, attendant related costs and who should bear such costs.
The information that is generated by a RFID system should be available to the trucker and/or beneficial cargo owners on a transactional basis and be made publicly available on an aggregated basis. It is recommended that at a minimum RFID readers be installed at both the out gates (or closest approximation) as well as the entrance to all terminal queues. The queue area would need to be defined and agreed to by multiple stakeholders including terminal operators, truckers, and the Port Authority.
Terminal Appointment System
Advent has also completed the first NYNJ marine terminal appointment system Go Live for the Global Container Terminals automated facility in Bayonne, NJ. Publicly released results confirmed by GCT in JOC.com have shown turn times reduced by over 45% following implementation of the NYNJ customized appointment system.
For more information, visit the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey page here.