Safety and operations impress judges at ABP Chairman’s Awards

July 12, 2017

The ABP Humber ports have once again been praised for their outstanding achievements in safety and operations, having been announced as winners at this years’ ABP Chairman’s Awards.

The awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of teams across the group, took place last week in the bustling city of Birmingham.

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

One winning group was the Immingham Container Terminal (ICT) who won their category in the Operations Award, which demonstrates employees continually improving the operations and services for the company.

The initiative, which had been implemented to improve customer satisfaction, has also created a better working environment, which has seen employee’s 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 whereby crane software was updated, alarms were installed and vessel discharge sequences were changed. These improvement works reduced crane breakdowns by 85% which in turn achieved a staggering 100% 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 this year, 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% of stops were due to drivers not wearing seatbelts. Now having been in place for five months, with over 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.