Dec 2017

Maritime College Trains Students Using Navis N4 TOS

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Navis, part of Cargotec Corporation, has trained undergraduate and graduate students at SUNY Maritime College on the N4 terminal operating system (TOS) that manages more than 300 container terminals worldwide.

SUNY Maritime College, located in the Bronx, New York, US, will be running a two-week training session that customer ports undertake to become certified.

The maritime students received a condensed course to familiarize them with the program and expose them to potential career paths in the diverse maritime industry.

During the training, the students learned the basic components and functions of the N4 program and began to plan the workflow to load and unload a vessel.

Following the training sessions, Navis awarded each student a certification and valuable exposure to working directly with N4 that could provide an advantage in the future job market.

Andy Clason, Navis' VP of Technical Services, said: "Navis was thrilled to participate in the N4 college training program.

“Through university outreach and training curricula, we help students prepare for careers in the real world of container terminal operations.

“Increasingly, literacy in the specialized technology used by these terminals is key for new workers joining the industry.

“For many marine terminals, Navis software is a central part of that technology infrastructure, and knowing about it right out of the gate really gives new graduates a leg up."

The N4 training was one part of an extracurricular exploration of ports and terminals at SUNY Maritime College.

Through these programs, students also took part in a case competition at the Intermodal Association of North America annual conference, explored the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and visited an intermodal facility in Chicago.

According to Navis’ recent customer survey, 'Training Challenges and Opportunities', 95% of terminal operators believe that a lack of training or poor training has a negative effect on work performance in their organizations.

Chris Clott, Maritime’s ABS chair of Marine Transportation and Logistics who organized the program, said: “So much is going on in port and terminal operations as the maritime industry becomes more integrated and automated, and students need to be exposed to as much of it as possible.

“As digital natives, it comes naturally to them; they are fascinated by it. And that’s great because they are going to be the ones who take these technologies to the next level and modernize the industry.”