Navis In the News

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.

Navis director of product marketing Sumitha Sampath said the pace of automated terminal development is such that leading terminal operators are engaged in an "innovation arms race". Whereas five years ago "automated terminals" were largely confined to Automated Stacking Cranes laid out perpendicular to the quay, today there is much more diversity as terminals look to achieve a competitive advantage in core container handling productivity.

The industry needs to address the knowledge gap on the integration, capability and implementation of software systems today, according to Navis.

The Port of Virginia reports it implemented the Navis N4 TOS “without any disruptions in operations, wrapping-up an intensive two-year preparation effort”.

The implementation was a migration from Navis’s legacy software SPARCS and an internally developed data host system to N4, Navis’s latest generation terminal operating system. N4 allows customers to run their operations from a single terminal to multiple terminals spanning numerous geographic locations managed from one central location.

The Port of Virginia has launched its Navis N4 terminal operating system at Norfolk International Terminals two weeks ahead of the scheduled July 4 start date. The Navis N4 system at NIT is being introduced in parallel with other improvements, including the phase-in of an appointment system aimed at smoothing peaks and valleys in the terminal’s truck traffic.

While the original yard area continues operating with rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs), the expansion area consists of ten rows supported by 20 rail-mounted gantries (RMGs). The last five of those RMGs provided by Konecranes were delivered in April. And the previous month, the terminal went live with Navis N4 version 2.5.

Mr Edwards expects semi-automation to boost the terminal’s productivity. Previously, the typical rate was 27-28 crane moves per hour. “With the automated RMGs and shuttle trucks we will be operating at 40 moves per hour,” he said. “We have achieved 40 moves per hour in test mode. So we also expect to achieve it in production mode.”