N4 for Aalborg
Greenland’s Royal Arctic Line has gone live with the N4 TOS at Aalborg in Denmark.
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation and Royal Arctic Line Denmark (RAL) have announced that RAL's terminal in Aalborg has now replaced its in-house TOS and legacy systems with Navis N4.
“RAL is a key player among the Nordic countries, serving as the only container terminal in northern Denmark and the only service provider to all of Greenland. As the sole provider along these shipping lanes, RAL’s reasons for implementing N4 are twofold – to update to a more modern platform to better service all of its current customers and as the first step in its planned expansion into increasingly competitive markets,” Navis said in a statement.
“The N4 terminal system implementation in Aalborg was an important milestone for securing the foundation and future success of Royal Arctic Line and thanks to the hard work by both Navis and our team, we have already experienced results that we are very pleased with,” said Dragan Kesic, CIO, Royal Arctic Line. “We completed this first phase of our project on a tight timeline and have plans for additional implementation of N4 in Greenland occurring in 2017. We’re excited to continue working with Navis as we explore options for better optimizing our operations.”
RAL explored its options before deciding on Navis N4, and its decision is another example of Navis’ recent success with smaller size facilities. Aalborg handles around 50,000 TEU a year and, with one gantry crane, achieves a productivity of 25-28 crane moves an hour. The N4 implementation was completed in six months.
RAL is moving forward with Navis as change is on the horizon for the Greenland market. State-owned RAL has traditionally been the only line serving Greenland. It recently signed an agreement with Iceland’s Eimskip that could see Greenland receiving some direct calls, bypassing Aalborg. A new port in Greenland is also set to open soon, at Nuuk where Sikuki Nuuk Harbour is completing a new facility. In October it took delivery of the first harbour cranes in Greenland, two Liebherr LHM420 mobile harbour cranes. The terminal is set to open in 2017.