Canary Islands’ Largest Terminal Opts for Navis N4 TOS

Jan 2018

Operaciones Portuarias Canarias, S.A. (OPCSA), the largest terminal in the port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, has chosen to implement a Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS).

Transitioning from an outdated Cosmos TOS, the partnership with Navis marks the first step in OPCSA’s path towards modernizing operations with the goal of achieving steady productivity, quicker vessel turnaround times and greater efficiency with re-stow movements.

OPCSA is a strategic enclave for traffic between Europe, Africa and South America, connecting directly with more than 74 ports around the world.

The terminal currently reports 800,000 TEU annually and an average of 25 moves per hour.

While the terminal’s customers benefit from OPCSA’s location, connecting lines on South-North routes with East-West routes, the previous system struggled to keep up with current operational needs, resulting in unproductive moves and ineffective re-stows that added both time and money to the shipping process.

Captain Jan Nowak, CEO of OPCSA, said: “Our experienced staff is eager and enthusiastic to get to work using N4 and start to reap the benefits for our customers.

“We all fully expect to improve our current operations as far as reliability and productivity is concerned, but we’re also looking forward to providing our clients with new options that will simplify their work and make it more effective as well.

“Implementation of N4 is the first step in a much bigger and ambitious plan of modernization of our terminal."

Following the upgrade, OPCSA may also utilize several of Navis’ optimization modules such as Autostow and Expert Decking to further build on its capabilities and compete with leading terminals around the world.

Navis’ Chuck Schneider, General Manager, EMEA, commented: “Upgrading to a new TOS is a major transition and undertaking for terminal operators and their staff but as is the case with OPSCA, it is a necessary step to provide their customers with the most up-to-date software that ensures the smoothest process in and out of the port.

“The Navis team will be available at all times to ease the transition and make sure that OPCSA doesn’t miss a beat in delivering the white glove service that its customers are used to."