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HHLA container terminal Altenwerder nach Ctqi-Standard zertifiziert

(PresseBox) (Hamburg, ) The Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is the first terminal worldwide being certified according to the new "Container Terminal Quality Indicator (CTQI)" standard. This international standard measures the performance of container terminals.

Given the growing size of container ships, issues such as speed, safety and cost efficiency of container terminals are more important than ever. Our certification system is supposed to help measure and document performance level and quality standards of container terminals," explains Bernhard Ständer, Managing Director Germanischer Lloyd Certification GmbH (GLC).

The Global Institute of Logistics (GIL), Germanischer Lloyd and other experts for container harbour logistics developed the new CTQI standard which has only recently been launched in Hamburg.

The certification according to CTQI shows that CTA process organisation and performance meet the requirements," Heinrich Goller, Managing Director of HHLA Container-Terminal Altenwerder GmbH, says happily. "At the same time, the certification stimulates our team to further improve the performance for and with our customers." Thanks to the exchange of knowledge and experience with other international terminal operators during the CTQI certification process, new impulses for our own development also arose, Goller adds. The additional operating effort is manageable since reliable and fast operating and information processes are of great importance at CTA anyway.

This is proved by the first audit results. Terminal operation is structured transparently. It is largely automatised and dominated by clear information and communication structures as well as goal-oriented action. The second terminal extension shows that the terminal technology is continuously developing.

In order to qualify for a CTQI audit, a terminal has to possess a management system as well as key performance indicators. Auditors assess criteria such as properly-dimensioned cranes and their performance or the efficiency of loading and unloading trains, trucks and inland vessels. Also, organisational aspects such as adequate connectivity with the hinterland and the inland waterway system are evaluated. The next audit of the Container-Terminal Altenwerder is scheduled for June 2009.

CTA is one of three container terminals operated by Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in the Hamburg Port. It is designed to discharge large containerships efficiently and, thanks to its high automation level, experts consider it the most modern container terminal worldwide. In June 2002, the installation was put into operation. Initially, it was designed to handle a capacity of 1.9 million standard containers. However, this volume was exceeded in 2006 already. Thanks to further developments such as new gantry cranes, additional automatic transport vehicles, improved storage capacity as well as better IT-supported container handling processes, performance and total capacity of the terminal are continuously being enhanced.

HHLA is one of the leading port logistic companies in the European North Range. With its Container, Intermodal and Logistics segments, HHLA is organised vertically to the supply chain.