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GL to pioneer container terminal quality ranking system

GL to pioneer container terminal quality ranking system

Hamburg: Germanischer Lloyd is to pioneer a ranking system for container terminals.

"Quality and efficiency of container terminals are of great importance to the smooth functioning of the global supply chain," the German class society noted in a release.

Ten international stakeholders from the global maritime logistics community - IPC, MTC, Yantian Hutchison, Eurogate, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), Hamburg Port Authority, Ingenieurbüro Dr. Wild, Global Institute of Logistics and Germanischer Lloyd - discussed about the development of a benchmarking system for terminals when they met at GL's head office in Hamburg. The participants agreed that a standard is needed which adjudicates the efficiency and quality of Global Port Terminal Operations by combining financial, operational and organizational indicators.

Upon request of the Global Institute of Logistics, Germanischer Lloyd will develop the Container Terminal Quality Indicator (CTQI) standard. This benchmarking system will base on the results of different workshops with branch experts and measure the ports performance within the supply chain process. The result will offer the industry new dimensions: They will be able to choose terminals that suite best to their needs and supply chain strategy.

"We are planning to launch the new standard at the end of 2007", said Bernhard Ständer, Managing Director Germanischer Lloyd. "With our experience in developing and implementing the Cool Chain Quality Index (CCQI), we have good preconditions that we can incorporate in the current CTQI-process."

Subsequently, Germanischer Lloyd will complete first audits and certification of benchmark terminals, thus expanding GL's Quality Indicator series.

On 21 May 2007, the Global Institute of Logistics will present a White Paper about the CTQI-standard at a press conference in Düsseldorf, Germany. [09/05/07]