NEW: CRT Launches National Terminal Efficiency Initiative
In January 2014, CRT launched its National Terminal Efficiency Initiative (NTEI) to identify and implement solutions to chronic congestion issues facing ports across the country.
While previous CRT-led initiatives have focused on deploying cleaner technology in port communities, the NTEI is focused on reducing emissions from goods movement activities through process improvements, which often can be implemented at a fraction of the cost of capital investment in new equipment. Effective process improvements not only reduce environmental impacts but also have the potential to create cost savings for goods movement participants through increased efficiencies.
Specifically, CRT believes that there is a critical opportunity for both emissions reductions and cost-savings through improved efficiency of truck moves at port terminals. To support this focus, CRT is working to advance initiatives to adopt technological and process improvements with the goal of improving turn times and reducing truck pollution through industry-led terminal efficiency programs.
For example, CRT is partnering with the US Department of Transportation to deploy a pilot program of a sophisticated technology system known as FRATIS (Freight Advanced Traveler Information System) which is the most technologically advanced solution package in existence to improve the flow of drayage trucks in the marine terminal environment. FRATIS has deployed a pilot program to demonstrate this technology at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the program has already resulted in a 35% reduction in truck miles traveled per order and a 15% reduction in truck turn time per order.
Due in large part to CRT’s ongoing support, the FRATIS program has secured funding from DOT to expand the scope of its pilot program in Southern California which will vastly enhance the program’s effectiveness and ability to generate meaningful results that can potentially support a port-wide adoption. The Port-wide adoption of FRATIS in Southern California will not only provide significant reductions in turn times, costs, and emissions, but will also allow provide a platform to launch the FRATIS program in other major gateways around the country.
CRT believes that as leading members of the shipping industry, we must place a strong focus on leading process improvement initiatives within the supply chain as we look for ways to reduce the environmental impact of goods movement activities.
Through the NTEI, CRT will be a leading advocate for port congestion solutions that produce a significant reduction in diesel emissions through reductions in idle time and traffic congestion, while also providing cost savings to cargo owners, terminals, and truckers by increasing the throughput and efficiency of container moves.