MPS has created a safe waiting area for trucks drivers’ accompanying passengers that come into the Terminal 3 to pick and drop containers.

The waiting area structure is situated at the entrance of Terminal 3. It is a nice pavilion design made of high-quality wood meant for providing sheltered seating to protect users from the weather effects. It has a seating capacity of 90 persons which is being reduced to 70 in adherence to the current COVID-19 safety protocols.  The area will be surrounded with plants and litter bins installed to beautify and preserve the surrounding environment.

This initiative is in line with the company’s commitment to the highest standards of Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment (QHSSE) bound for creating a safe workplace by providing a safe waiting zone for drivers’ mates while the drivers complete the necessary procedure within Terminal 3.

Since the start of operations in 2007, MPS has advocated for safety on all levels and has since developed and implemented various safety initiatives and policies. Notable amongst them is the ‘Pedestrian Free Policy’ which eliminates the risk of man-machine interface in operations. In compliance with the ISPS rules and regulations (International Ship and Port Facility Security Code), and per the Standard Operating Procedures at Terminal 3, only the prebooked driver and trucks are permitted to enter the Terminal for the receipt and delivery of containers.

To facilitate and save valuable time for all customers, a secure online portal open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week has been made available, which allows customers to make appointments through the MPS “Truck Appointment System” (TAS) for their trucks visit to the MPS Terminal 3 at their convenience. This has reduced cost and waiting times for the truckers to pick-up or drop-off container where adequate Terminal resources are allocated for the booked services in every time slot of the day for  24/7. I.e. providing service in timely manner.

The waiting area will also serve as a pre-induction area to some of the MPS processes and standard operating procedures (SOPs) specifically related to QHSSE. Provision is made for the various posters of best practices and SOPs such that drivers and mates alike can acquaint themselves with. The aim is to mitigate unsafe behaviors and guide their activities when they have access to the port.

During the handover of the structure. Management of MPS encouraged the drivers and the accompanying passengers to keep the area clean so as to uphold the sanity for which is was created. Representatives of the various Transport Unions present expressed their gratitude to MPS for the provision of a safe waiting area while intimating that they looked forward to a fruitful relationship with the company.