Semi-Automated Operations with N4 Changes the UK's Supply Chain
The main reason for choosing N4 is that it is integrated to the equipment control system. The strength of having an integrated solution – Kalmar on one hand and Navis on the other -- was a strong selling point for us. Of course, the other was the depth of experience in automation
- James Warnes, System Integration Manager, DP World London Gateway
Kalmar and Navis have provided the operational backbone consisting of Kalmar automated stacking cranes (ASCs) and shuttle carriers and Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) for DP World’s London Gateway port. The project is the first joint Kalmar-Navis deployment of software with automated container handling equipment.
“London Gateway has taken six years to build, will create up to 36,000 jobs in the area and contribute £3.2bn to the UK’s GDP annually. The port will be able to handle 3.5 million TEU a year and accommodate the world’s largest vessels. London Gateway has already made strides to position itself as a key player in the market, and it is of utmost importance for us to have equipment and TOS that are fully integrated and that make our operations as efficient as possible,” said Andrew Bowen, Engineering Director, at DP World London Gateway.
By June 2014, the Kalmar system has expanded to 20 ASC modules each with 2 cranes and 28 shuttle carriers, integrated with Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) and supported by two Kalmar reachstackers.