Global Institute of Logistics to Release Container Port Terminal Benchmarking Indicators

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The Institute's Hamburg Committee working group agrees to distribution of Container Terminal Quality Indicator intellectual property to improve industry transparency

The Hamburg Committee, a working group of the New York-based Global Institute of Logistics, has agreed to release an abridged version of the Container Terminal Quality Indicator (CTQI) to stimulate interest in benchmarking and best practice.

GIL in partnership with Germanischer Lloyd took on the challenge of developing a container terminal standard in 2006, leading to the establishment of the Hamburg Committee. After three years of industry dialogue to establish appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs), CTQI was launched in 2008. Hamburg was the first port to receive the accreditation.

The release of the container terminal KPI data was agreed to assist with the dissemination of best practice throughout the maritime logistics supply chain, in part to supplement the low adoption of certification.

The Committee expressed disappointed at the low take up of the Container Terminal Quality Indicator, however it noted that limited adoption has been tempered by a high level of interest in the intellectual property of the CTQI. A number of ports have purchased the CTQI and adopted best practices as directed by the indicator, however those same ports have chosen not to progress to the final certification stage of CTQI.

Mr. Heinrich Goller of HHLA confirmed that its CTA terminal the first terminal to be successfully certified will reapply for certification in 2009.

Kieran Ring CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics announced the formation of a new working committee within the Institute to investigate and benchmark best practice in pot governance.

Speaking at the latest Hamburg Committee meeting, Bernard Staender, Managing Director of Germanischer Lloyd said;

"The development of the future strategy agreed today has been encouraging. The Hamburg committee welcomes the announcement of the creation of the Port Cluster Governance Committee. We strongly believe that port authorities need to embrace its increasing role as economic strategist and to actively promote the implementation of quality systems like CTQI amongst its terminal operator stakeholders."

The committee also unanimously agreed to develop a strong working relationship with the worlds leading software development companies to incorporate CTQI's benchmarks and KPI'S in to future releases of their respective TOS releases, enabling terminal operators to run reports directly from the system

Jade Software Corporation New Zealand will be the first developer to work with the committee on this development.


The Global Institute of Logistics is a New York-based not-for-profit organization founded in 2003 by the members of the Global Logistics Forum under the Chairmanship of the late Robert V. Delaney 1936-2004, the renowned US logistics commentator and author.

The Institute was formed in response to a need for a single body to represent the views of the entire supply chain and as such is made up of representatives of all stakeholders in the process. It actively fosters and promotes collaboration amongst stakeholders in the global logistics community and also acts as a learning centre for a growing community of multinational corporations, third party logistics providers and their supply chain partners.

The Global Maritime Logistics Council was established in 2006 in response to the global logistics industry's call for "joined up thinking" amongst the stakeholders in the global supply chain. The council provides practitioners with an international forum for peer group networking, discussion and learning on latest developments in global maritime logistics strategy.


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