Project Description

No one wants equipment that breaks down just when it’s most needed. Everyone expects equipment to be available around the clock. A successful, efficient Port depends on reliable infrastructure and equipment that’s reliable and operational. Reliability and consistency – PLIPDECO achieves these virtues through careful investment, a detailed programme of planned, preventative maintenance, and close coordination with operations staff, Port Users and customers when repairs or service work must be carried out.

Averne Pantin, Vice President, Technical Services, oversees IT, Engineering and Port Civil Maintenance. His role includes taking an overview of infrastructure projects, the acquisition of equipment and new IT developments from the earliest stages of concept and design, handing over the reins to department managers as the project is operationalized.

“When we plan for the year ahead, we have a good idea of the condition of our equipment and make decisions as to what needs to be taken out of
operation for maintenance and service, or for decommissioning. We have a clear idea of the major IT projects ahead, from both security and operational standpoints.”

Averne Pantin, Vice President, Technical Services, oversees IT, Engineering and Port Civil Maintenance

A good example in 2019 will be a major structural and civil project to address the RTG (rubber tyred gantry crane) area of the Port. This has to be planned around making other areas available, and continuing to operate cargo handling operations smoothly in the space remaining.

In a recent berth refurbishment, shipping lines were involved in the plans, as schedules needed to be reconfigured while the work took one berth at a time, out of operation. Averne Pantin works with three key managers, responsible for IT, Engineering and Port Civil Maintenance.

While the IT team is relatively small, there are 64 people in the Engineering team, working 24/7 on four shifts, and a pool of 100 people in the Civil Maintenance Team. This is all about ‘backstage’ work, he says.

“Every year we acquire more equipment – for example, we have two more Reach Stackers in 2019. We are looking at further developments in our IT programme – we do a lot of software design specific to the logistics industry.”

“At PLIPDECO we want to demonstrate that we have a high level of expertise at all levels. We understand what performance is all about. How do we differentiate ourselves against our competitors?

We believe in hiring the right people, developing our technology and always looking for new ways to add value.”

It’s all about ease of doing business – for the customer.

“We are never a stagnant company. However, just as we believe in development of our technology, we also know we must address the equipment and infrastructure part.”

Reliability and consistency – PLIPDECO achieves these virtues through careful investment, a detailed programme of planned, preventative maintenance and close coordination.

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