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Teesport hails success of vehicle booking system

[ July 15, 2020   //   ]

Teesport says its Vehicle Booking System (VBS) has handled over 370,000 appointments since it was set up in July 2019. Owner PD Ports launched the VBS in conjunction with its automated gate system.  With over 17,000 vehicles visiting Teesport in an average month, the technology ensures that the port can continue to handle increasing volumes and support future international trade growth after Brexit. Over 1,300 individual users and 6,000 licence plates are registered on the VBS.

PD Ports’ change and delivery manager, Mel Hannaway (pictured front and centre, alongside colleagues and contractors) said: “There were multiple objectives in mind when we first explored the concept of VBS. We were looking to reduce manual tasking at the automated gate and improve efficiencies as part of our wider business strategy – meaning that we are able to exceed current standards whilst continuing to grow volumes.

“Teesport is a rather unique terminal in that we have both a deep sea and short sea customer base, meaning that we handle an expansive range of cargo,” he added.

PD Ports worked with CAMCO to develop and implement the system, which has reduced times for vehicles entering and leaving the site to 30 minutes.