Tasked with managing the South Island’s largest port, Lyttelton Port Company facilitates the import and export of over $10 billion of goods annually. The company’s 600 staff manage nearly half the island’s container volume – around 430,000 TEUs of container cargo every year.
Traditionally LPC had utilised decidedly manual means to manage the vast amount of cargo that passed through its port. Logistics Officers worked out of a facility that relied on traditional ‘line of sight’ practices – human eyes, enhanced by a set of old-fashioned binoculars, would register cargo information, logging it in the appropriate system.
As the amount of cargo increased exponentially, LPC concluded that their traditional practices were far from sustainable. Soon an opportunity to evolve presented itself – the construction of a new LPC headquarters.
“Right at the start of the wider project to relocate our terminal operations into LPC’s new building, the setup of the control room was identified as a critical risk to the project,” explains Joe Smedley, Head of Container Operations, LPC. “All terminal activity was controlled through the control room, where staff looked through glass windows that granted them an almost unrestricted view of terminal operations.”
The plan was to transplant the control room to a location where it would have little to no direct view of terminal operations, relying instead on technology to deliver visuals.
Having previously worked together, LPC decided to get in touch with our team at Millpond.