Yard system lifts Singapore efficiency

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 June, 1997, 12:00am

The Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) is able to move thousands of containers daily, thanks to its Automated Yard Shifting System 2 (AYS 2).

According to Portview - a publication of the PSA - the AYS 2 was designed and implemented by a task force formed by PSA's container terminal systems department.

Deputy operations manager Sunny Ang said: 'The new system allows us to better deploy the staff in the control room operations.

'The implementation of the AYS 2 has saved the work of over 10 operations officers throughout the three terminals.' Besides improving port operations, the system creates greater value for customers in terms of time savings and reliability through greater operational efficiency and accuracy.

The new module enables customers' containers to be connected from the discharging vessel to the loading vessel in the shortest possible time.

With AYS 2, the selection of containers to be moved is undertaken by the system.

It also schedules the movement of containers at times when yard equipment is available and when there is slack yard activity in both the start and end blocks.

This is not only a faster way of scheduling and shifting the containers, but also one that provides greater accuracy in terms of box connection.

PSA said as the port became busier and the logistics more complex, there was a greater need to ensure that the right container was in the right place and at the right time.