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.”