97% of the reports received were rated as average or better, giving an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 – a marginal improvement on last year’s results.
“I think, in many ways, the report shows an encouraging trend, that bulk terminals generally perform well - only four reports were rated as “poor”, said Aron Sorensen, Head of Maritime Technology and Regulation at BIMCO.
The reports show that good communication between ship and terminal is a crucial part of port performance and is a factor acknowledged in written responses by captains.
The number of reports contributed to BIMCO rose by 52% to 916 in total, increasing the number of ports covered by 102. However the reports originate from a small number of companies, which partly explains a somewhat skewed geographical spread of the report.
“I think this information is valuable to both the shipowners and the ports, but we are still far from satisfied with the number of reports submitted to us for this initiative,” Sorensen said.
Ideally, BIMCO would like to have 1000 ships participating in the survey.
The top five ports were:
- Szczecin, Poland
- Quebec, Canada
- Newcastle, Australia
- Gladstone, Australia
- Ciénaga, Colombia
The report indicates improved communication between the terminals and the ships, but adequate language skills remain a problem in some locations.
The survey also looked into waste handling, and the number of ships experiencing a terminal’s refusal to collect garbage or exorbitant prices to do so, is still too high, according to the report.
“We need terminals and ports to live up to their responsibility and receive waste at a reasonable price,” Sorensen said.
Another point of concern was that the setting of gangways was impossible in 11% of all cases, thereby restricting the access to and from the ship.
Read the article online at: https://www.drybulkmagazine.com/ports-terminals/21012019/bimco-szczecin-best-performing-bulk-terminal/