System Competitiveness

90 Minute Turnaround = Dramatically Increased Throughput

Today’s Short Sea Feeder trade is defined by short voyages between long port calls. In contrast, a TSL line is defined by short voyages between short port calls (90 minutes max), freeing up the TSL for more round trips in the same given amount of time. 


Flo/Flo Flexible Port Interface = Cost Reduction

The TSL’s barges and its fast Flo/Flo exchange cycle benefit both vessel operations as well as port facilities and their operations. The difference to conventional lines: an inbound barge does not have to be reloaded and pre-positioned until the next TSL’s arrival; providing port operations a wider cargo handling window for more flexible and economic port operations under less pressure. In a 2009 TSL internal study, voyage costs per TEU were 20% to 47% lower than those of competing container ships of 1.800 - 400 TEU respectively.


Highly Predictable System Operations = High Service Reliability

TSL Operations are highly reliable (steam time + 90 minute Flo/Flo) as it is immune to the the typical delay factors of  port congestion and knock-on effects of previous delays. 


Low Voyage Costs/TEU = Profitability

The TSL System's voyage costs per TEU are lower than those of container ships on the same route, making investments in the TSL System profitable and safe.

Key Schedule Innovation:

Lay time for port operations is off the TSL schedule’s critical path.


Key Port Innovation:

Load processing is no longer constrained by a vessel’s narrow arrival & departure window.


In Financial terms: the high value asset has greater productivity, because the low value asset absorbs the non-productive lay time.