Beyond zero heroes win big for Humber ports

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jul 2017

PORT of Immingham has been praised for outstanding achievements in safety and operations, winning big at this year’s ABP Chairman’s Awards. 

A panel of six judges, including board members, recognised the outstanding accomplishments within the ABP Humber team, seeing the region take home two of the four shortlisted awards.

Immingham Container Terminal won the Operations Award, recognising employees continually improving the operations and services for the company.

The entry was based on an initiative implemented to improve customer satisfaction, which has also created a better working environment, and seen employees express how proud they now are of their workplace.

In addition to improving employee facilities, ABP engineers improved crane performance for the benefit of customers.

Operators implemented a safe, permanent solution where crane software was updated, alarms were installed and vessel discharge sequences were changed. These improvement works reduced crane breakdowns by 85 per cent, which in turn achieved a staggering 100 per cent of vessels departing on-time.

The second team to win an award for the Humber were the Beyond Zero Traffic Safety Management team who placed first in the Health and Safety Award category. 

The campaign, which had been implemented in February, saw 90 volunteers from Grimsby and Immingham take to the port roads to improve driver safety behaviours.

In the first two months of running the programme, 220 traffic stops were made on the port, 130 of these vehicles were stopped for speeding and 50 per cent of stops were due to drivers not wearing seatbelts. 

Now having been in place for five months, with more than 500 traffic stops, traffic safety and driver behaviours on the port have noticeably improved.

As well as being pro-active on the port estate, using speed guns and speaking directly to drivers, the team also introduced haulage workshops, whereby directors and senior leadership from local haulage companies were invited to the port to raise any issues they might have and for the port to work collaboratively with them on establishing a safer way forward.   

The awards were held in Birmingham, with all 21 ports in the business

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