Strainstall (Spain) - In July 2019, Yilport Ferrol approached Strainstall to accelerate its container weighing process. In response to the latest SOLAS requirements, the Spanish port searched at length for an industry partner that could reduce its weighing time and costs, while maximising asset protection for its customers. Recognising Strainstall’s experience in supporting ports and terminals, Yilport Ferrol chose the load monitoring specialist’s proven Container Weighing System (CWS™) as part of its commitment to delivering excellent customer service.
Without their own weighbridge, Yilport Ferrol had to weigh all containers at a facility located offsite. The port contracted an external company to weigh the containers and covered the costs of truck hire to transport them back and forth. This congested Yilport Ferrol’s warehouse, with outbound and inbound containers taking up valuable operational space. The numerous stakeholders and stages involved in the port’s weighing process also added unnecessary variables, increasing overheads while putting its time-bound service targets at risk. Keen to resolve this, Yilport Ferrol made it a business priority to find an alternative solution.
Having resolved a similar situation for a Southampton-based container terminal, Strainstall supplied and installed CWS™ at Yilport Ferrol. Fully SOLAS compliant, the system delivers EU-type approved, verified gross mass (VGM) with leading accuracy, providing shippers with a seamless service when exporting goods through any port or terminal. With its simple interface, CWS™’s real-time load monitoring provides immediate insights to ensure safe container weighing, stowage and transportation. For the peace of mind of asset owners, CWS™ also delivers container snag detection and centre of gravity (COG) data.
“From concept to installation, Strainstall’s team were responsive, professional and reliable throughout our collaboration. Their solution was equally impressive. Since installation, our container weighing speed has increased three-fold, delivering a faster service for our customers”, Diogo Pereira de Castro, Director at Yilport Ferrol.
Since removing subcontractors, truck hire and offsite transportation from the equation, Yilport Ferrol has increased its productivity by 300%, accelerating its weighing speed from 4 containers an hour (15 minutes per container) to 12 containers an hour (5 minutes per container). Considering the transformative cost-reduction benefits of this, the port predicts that CWS™ will have a quick one year return on investment. With its streamlined weighing process, Yilport Ferrol also reported that it is now able to offer a faster service for its customers than its competitors.
Impressed with the results of CWS™ – as well as with the supplier’s professional and hands-on approach – Yilport Ferrol have expressed that they will promote the system internally and are keen to collaborate with Strainstall in the future.