Yilport Oslo is responsible for the operation of the container terminal in the port of Oslo. I had a quick chat with Maiken, Commercial Manager in Yilport Oslo, to talk about the activity at the terminal, whether they are affected by the corona crisis, and what contaminant-reducing measures are in place to safeguard normal operations.
Yilport Oslo is responsible for the operation of the container terminal in the port of Oslo. The terminal is the Gateway to Norway and handles 1/3 of all containers in Norway. Freight traffic is of great national and regional importance, and as much as 70 – 80% of the goods are sent to recipients within two hours from the port.
The delivery of goods at the container terminal continues as usual. Regular operation means vessel operation 24/7. The supply of necessary socially critical goods is not affected by the corona crisis.
In March, Yilport Oslo handled 21,800 TEUs, distributed over 50 vessel calls. The volume of TEU’s is an activity level in line with a regular flow of goods.
In the process of maintaining the flow of goods and securing the supply chain, Yilport Oslo has implemented several infection prevention measures.
Collaboration and contaminant-reducing measures
One of the critical functions of a container terminal is the crane operator—measures to ensure that the 40 crane operators remain operational is vital to maintaining a robust supply chain. The focus is on keeping the work-shifts separate, and by following strict cleaning instructions of the crane cabin to avoid infection. Furthermore, crane operators switch on the ground between each work-shift to avoid close contact.
The entire transport chain operates as usual, despite the crisis. Collaboration with transport companies is an essential and critical component for maintaining door-to-door deliveries. The result is a high turnaround on containers and timely deliveries to the customer. The container terminal in Oslo has automatic gates. The gates limit the human interaction between the different transport companies and Yilport employees and act as a contaminant-reducing measure in today’s situation.
We see that end-user storage capacity can be a challenge in the time to come. That’s why we at Yilport Oslo look at various opportunities to ensure and maintain a stable flow of goods for our customers in the coming months as well. Yilport Oslo has a long-term perspective and aim to continue the development and growth also in the years to come, especially within the Shortsea market.
Maiken Solemdal, Commercial Manager Yilport Oslo