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New app said to improve efficiency around Port

August 10, 2017

The NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, says a new Port Botany Performance App will improve productivity for freight movers in and around the port precinct.

The free-to-download Port Botany Performance Data app (still in its early stages) provides live cargo movement data for Port Botany to trucking companies, stevedores and other port users.

Ms Pavey said that more than 3,000 containers move in and out of Port Botany each weekday by road, and that the new technology would help ease congestion.

She said users would be able to use the app to better plan and optimise arrival times for trucks and reduce heavy vehicle queues entering the port.

“Not only will this allow Port Botany to operate more efficiently, it will reduce the impacts of road freight movements and ease congestion around the precinct,” Ms Pavey added.

Performance and status information

Prior to the release of the app, Port Botany performance and status information was available only via a closed system and only to a limited number of stevedores and road carriers.

The new live data app live will allow industry stakeholders to see what’s happening in the port precinct, Ms Pavey said.

“It will also focus on real-time truck turnaround and performance data in order to enable better freight planning into and around Port Botany.”

Available on iOS and Android, the app is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia and was built on the NSW Government’s Cargo Movement Coordination Centre’s (CMCC) IT platform.

Reducing waiting times

Reducing waiting times for transport operators has two benefits – not only does it improve productivity but it can also help to reduce fatigue in heavy vehicle drivers by shortening the time they need to spend behind the wheel.

Why is this important? Driver fatigue is one of the major causes of road accidents and trauma. Reducing the risks of driver fatigue is one of the main ‘pillars’ of Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws.

Schedules that don’t allow for prescribed or adequate rest times for drivers, or cause drivers to speed to meet deadlines are in breach of the CoR laws. If you or your company caused these breaches, you can be held liable and incur hefty penalties.

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