Supply chain management for the world‘s largest container terminal
Rotterdam – no other port in Europe handles so many goods. And no other container terminal in the world is as large and frequented as the terminal in the port of Rotterdam, APM Maasvlakte II. As the world‘s most modern container terminal, it is fully automated in everything from automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to quay cranes. All of the energy it utilises is generated by wind turbines.
Milispec experts make a crucial contribution to ensuring that everything runs smoothly in the container terminal. Their work started six months before the first ship moored in Maasvlakte II in 2015. And they had their work cut out for them. Countless engines, gearboxes, bearings, hydraulic systems, ropes and grease lubrication systems were installed at the terminal. The manufacturers of the systems and components had issued a long list of requirements for the lubricants. Based on this list, the port would have needed more than 1,000 different grades of oil and grease for all the moving parts.
This meant that Milispec‘s first task was to reduce the number of grades. Their second task was lubricant optimisation. Milispec initially selected the lubricant manufacturer with the largest range of products and the most approvals. Then, they reduced the number of gear oils and other lubricants while optimising the selection of lubricants. Some mineral-oil-based lubricants were replaced by synthetic products. Though their price is slightly higher, they achieve longer service lives, are more energy-efficient, and stand up better to low winter temperatures.
Many OEMs had to be consulted in order to avoid risking a warranty loss. Existing contacts with companies such as Künz GmbH, the large Austrian specialist for container cranes, and the multilingualism of Milispec employees proved to be major advantages.
Of course, the extraction of lubricant samples, evaluation of analyses and oil changes are also part of Milispec‘s customer package. For example, prior to its initial start-up, a zero sample of the gear oil is taken from each gear unit and sent to OELCHECK for analysis. After that, further oil analyses take place at least once a year. In the event of abnormalities, additional samples are analysed.