Ports of Auckland (POAL) today released the findings of a new review into the now-abandoned automation project at the Fergusson Container Terminal.
The automation project started in 2016 with the goal of future proofing the capacity of the
port’s Fergusson Container Terminal. But it was cancelled by the Ports of Auckland Board in
June after failing to meet expectations.
At the Mayor’s request, the Board agreed to an independent review of the project’s
governance processes; as well as aspects of procurement and delivery. The Board
appointed independent infrastructure expert Mark Binns to undertake the review.
Ports of Auckland Board Chair Jan Dawson presented Mr Binns’ report to POAL’s sole
shareholder, Auckland Council.
Jan Dawson says the report has identified a number of areas where systems and
structures can be improved.
“I want to thank Mark for the work in completing this report,” she says.
“I appreciate the insights and recommendations Mark has made. The Board accepts these
suggestions, and change will be implemented.”
Jan Dawson says the former leadership at Ports of Auckland undertook the automation
project for the right reasons.
“The aim was to lift capacity, productivity and profitability without further port expansion or
reclamation,” she says.
“The automation project was pioneering and involved new and complex technology. Its
cancellation and associated write-off of capital expenditure are regrettable. But the
improvements we make now will leave us better placed to consider major capital projects
in the future.”
In August, the port established a new Project Management Office to support change
management and provide governance structures for large projects within the business.
Notes for media:
The automation of the terminal involved a complex integration project. This included
multiple vendors; equipment and software applications. The aim was to design and
implement an operation with targeted productivity levels, and the necessary level of
system safety assurance.
Following two independent reviews the Port Board announced in June this year it would
end the automation project. As well as not performing to expectations; there were also on-going delays and no guaranteed finish assurance date.
Attached to email:
- A pdf copy of the report
- Terms of Reference
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