Smart Safety Technology: Elevating Actionable Visibility in the Yard
As handling volume increases along with growth of mega-vessels and the relentless pursuit for higher terminal productivity, operational risks increase in tandem. Where there is a lack of transparency, the chance of safety-related issues may arise and cause a spiralling effect to other issues that could eventually hurt terminal’s bottom-line and operational capacity. This can range from disruption of operations due to unplanned repairs, to liability claims for cargo and equipment damages or even worker’s injuries, and culminating to long term reputational damage.
Empirical evidence indicates that a large percentage of safety incidents in terminals are due to human error that arise from non-compliant procedures to a lack in strict preventive efforts. Coupled with the fact that every container movement requires a long and diverse chain of process, maximizing visibility is paramount to achieving the highest standards of safety best practices in port operations. Innovative safety features that addresses tracking of equipment and cargo, to the condition of facilities contribute to resultant data captured in an accurate and timely manner.
Elevating actionable visibility
Built on the concept of processing signals from sensors, the IoT (Internet of Things) has swiftly expanded its applicability in automating processes in the maritime and port industry. IoT, among other things, enables real-time transmission of terminal equipment positioning as well as yard and STS container crane movement metrics from the safe confines of the control room.
Today’s technologies such as Eagle Eye has robust visualisation features that proactively supports yard operational activities as it picks up anomalies in the yard. This makes it easy to identify equipment or vehicle breakdowns, detect vehicle movement proximity and minimize collisions, fires or explosions, all from a safe distance. Crane operators are able to control container movements without needing to be on site.
The ability to harness technological solutions has created new levels of worker safety and visibility for cargo and vehicular flow. With improved control, responsiveness and visibility, potential security risks or non-compliance with port safety and health regulations can be quickly identified and addressed.
Better safety for better business
The maritime industry is increasingly recognizing the inevitability of digitalization in driving innovation for better safety technology. Applied wisely, the right software can help businesses raise their competitive advantage through enhanced yard safety and more strategic visibility across operations.