Khalifa bin Salman Port (KBSP) operator APM Terminals Bahrain has upgraded its safety performance and IT systems.

Upgrades completed include the load collision prevention system (LCPS) pilot project, which will be incorporated across the APM Terminals Global Terminal network.

It was selected as the first terminal to exhibit and conduct the live-test of LCPS, which is intended to reduce accidents from handling equipment and stacked containers colliding in the yard.

KBSP’s Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (RTGs) and Reach Stackers (RS) were incorporated with the technical changes, featuring collision avoidance and distance detection systems, which also included installation of cameras on all RTGs to remove blind spots faced by operators and improved night-vision features.

Success of the programme called Project Stack has prompted the introduction of new equipment and procedures at other APM Terminals facilities for next year.

The total productive maintenance programme is being carried out by APM Terminals Bahrain’s Equipment Maintenance and Repair (EMR) department to enhance equipment reliability and performance, while the operators and maintenance teams were trained to help reduce equipment breakdowns by 90% in three years. KBSP is expecting the TPM Club of India certification.

APM Terminals Bahrain’s IT department has implemented a differential global positioning system on terminal RTG’s, which facilitates an automatic update of container positions. This reduces the possibility of human error and is designed to result in a safer working environment, as well as boost productivity.

Internet access points have been established at the terminal storage buildings, allowing enhanced data coverage and analytics.

"Our goal is to ensure we have safe operations."

The IT department is upgrading the existing terminal operating system (TOS) that covers gate transactions and the container yard, to include verified gross mass (VGM) capability. This is intended to aid customer compliance with recent IMO amendment to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements.

VGM functionality facilitates an access to better reports, tracking and monitoring to the terminal customers through a user-friendly interface.

The system also allows APM Terminals Bahrain to secure statistical analysis necessary to drive financial and commercial goals and resource deployment.

APM Terminals Bahrain managing director Mark Hardiman said: "Our goal is to ensure we have safe operations.

"These initiatives create a safe place to work for our employees, contractors and the external truck drivers visiting the terminal."

Image: APM Terminal upgrades safety and IT systems in Bahrain. Photo: courtesy of APM Terminals.