Navis In the News

Port Technology International (PTI) is proud to announce a partnership with terminal operation system and automation specialist Navis. The Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) represents more than 25 years of experience and innovation that enables terminals to maximise their operations, leading to cargo moving faster and more efficiently.

Sep 22, 2014

Sweat the Tech

The trend towards larger vessels and the resulting increase in cargo directly challenges the terminal industry to ensure that ports are able to optimise operations for maximum efficiency. As a result, Navis has launched Navis Optimization Services (NOS) a global consulting practice within Navis Professional Services.

The first vessel call is scheduled for early October and from that point forward the 30-acre operation will process between 75,000 and 100,000 containers annually. The operation will be “wheeled,” or containers-onchassis; there will be no stacked containers except for those units in the empty yard. Navis N4 is the terminal operating system.

In early 2014, Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT), the largest operator at the Port of Montréal, achieved a smooth transition in leadership from Kevin M Doherty to Michael Fratianni. While the longtime collaboration of the two men facilitated the transition, the real story is their shared vision for optimising cargo facility operations. The following details both the goals and the steps taken to achieve that vision.

As it expands its global terminal network, Yilport has made a strategic decision to standardise IT systems across its facilities wherever possible. On the operational side, Yilport has standardised on Navis N4 as its core TOS and APS Technology for OCR, gate and crane process automation. Pierce, who has a background in the TOS industry including nine years with Tideworks, said Yilport has decided not to have a competitive process for picking a TOS each time the need arises.

The Arawak Port Development Limited (APD) is “leading the way” with new technology after it became the first company in the Caribbean to implement the top software for marine terminals. Navis, which is considered the Microsoft of the marine industry, combines industry best practices with innovative technology and world-class services that enable marine terminal operators worldwide to maximize performance with reduced risk. The cutting edge technology will go live on November 18.

In this astute and wide-ranging interview, Senior Vice-President and CMO Andy Barrons reveals how Navis remains the industry leader by offering services that traverse beyond providing TOS systems, as he identifies the contemporary challenges for terminal operators represented by ‘mega-vessels’. Barrons goes on to speak with exactitude as he defines the two key areas that are vital for increasing efficiency at terminals: business intelligence and vessel stowage planning. He concludes by looking to the future, talking of close collaboration with terminal operators and how this can develop the ‘next-generation’ of software.

Kalmar and Navis provide the operational backbone for London Gateway, which consits of Kalmar automated stacking cranes and shuttle carriers and Navis' N4 terminal operating system. The project is the first joint Kalmar-Navis deployment of software with automated container handling equipment.

The deep-water Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) facility at the Port of Virginia, United States, has successfully gone live with the Navis N4 terminal operating system.

Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT), Contship Italia Group’s flagship hub in the port of Gioia Tauro (Italy), has completed a major systems upgrade to Navis N4. All operational activity was suspended for a while on 12 June in order to transfer all data records from the legacy system to Navis N4.