Streamlining paperless gate entry for trucks at Port Botany

Empty container park operator Tyne Container Services is switching to the OneStop Modal platform at its Port Botany MT Movements depot from June 1.

Peak body Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) welcomed the news and the further investment in Optical Camera Recognition (OCR) and Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) technology by the end of the year.

The switch should deliver greater information transparency and reduced truck processing times, said CTAA.

Impressive gains have already been seen with similar transitions to OneStop Modal by Tyne ACFS empty container depot in Bumborah Point Road, Port Botany in December 2023, and subsequently at ACFS Port Logistics’ empty depots in Port Botany.

CTAA director Neil Chambers said truck turnaround times had improved by up to 30 per cent, based on a time saving per truck of between 5-10 minutes per visit.

“Faster truck turnaround times increase the depot’s capacity to handle more truck visits per time zone,” Chambers said.

“You then add in the savings achieved through greater visibility of electronic information from the shipping lines on empty de-hire location and status and export release information. This greatly reduces the administrative burden imposed on container transport operators.”

“Combined, these savings can be measured in the millions per annum for the container transport sector. This will be great news for the transport industry as it will get the empty container management task done faster and will have trucks back on the road for their next jobs as quickly as possible.”

CTAA is now encouraging all empty container parks in Port Botany and across Australia to transition to the superior OneStop Modal technology solution, and to likewise invest in paperless gate truck entry initiatives.

“We are looking forward to further announcements of this kind soon,” Chambers added.

“The goal should be that no truck driver ever needs to exit the cab of their truck to speak to depot operating staff just to say they have arrived and are ready to be serviced.”

“The technology and information visibility exists to make this happen. It just requires strategic vision and investment by all empty container park operators, returning productivity benefits to landside stakeholders to offset higher costs of empty container park interactions.”

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