The operating partner in a midstream joint venture was concerned about rail logistics at a plant commissioned in 2013. Management recognized that the organization was not sufficiently experienced in dealing with rail operations and, with rail accounting for 80% of their product takeaway capacity, they needed specialized support. Aware of our rail logistics expertise, senior executives turned to Maine Pointe for help across several areas of logistics including optimization of the rail yard. Here, the company aspired to increase railcar takeaway capacity threefold within 9 months. Management recognized that their ability to achieve this goal was dependent on more effective collaboration with the 3rd party switching company and Class 1 rail carrier to move railcars in and out of the rail yard more efficiently.
Our analysis established that poor staging and load sequencing resulted in each car being handled more than 6 times before being loaded and released. Moreover, in the absence of a Service Level Agreement with either the 3rd party switcher or the Class 1 rail carrier there was no clear agreement on performance expectations. Leveraging our combined 300+ years of experience helping shippers and their rail carriers to build successful win-win partnerships, Maine Pointe went to the right people at the right level to:
The systems and processes we introduced resulted in:
Maine Pointe delivered the improvement initiatives with a high degree of emphasis on buy-in from all stakeholders." CEO
The most significant aspects of the engagement were the speed at which initiatives were implemented and the extensive knowledge of the railroad industry and experience working with the Class 1 railroads at executive level.” CEO