Navis In the News

SPARCS N4 is at the heart of Navis’s Advanced Terminal Optimisation initiative. Regardless of what TOS or optimisation applications
terminals are looking at, there seems to be common agreement in the industry that the TOS is the logical heart of the operation and decisions about what containers need to be moved should be made by the TOS. Where optimisation comes in is determining how that work should be done, by what machine and in what sequence.

Upon completion, APM Terminals Maasvlakte 2 will operate as a 2.7 million TEU annual throughput capacity container terminal in the Port of Rotterdam. With plans to open in Q4 2014, APM Terminals Maasvlakte 2 will handle some of the world’s largest container ships as well as support APM Terminals’ Rotterdam facility, one of the largest in Europe.

The Latin American container terminal market in paricular has embraces Terminal Operating System (TOS) usage - currently at 28% - with a growing number of customers adoptings SPARCS N4 to optimize operations, manage container volumes and gain competitive advantages.

The feeling at Navis World is that the conference is more an interactive collaborative – a sort of rolling “open source” affair on terminal automation. Navis software is itself a collaborative, incorporating products from other technology companies.

Software solutions specialist Navis is eyeing a sudden surge in automation projects, expecting a “steady flow” of projects to come on stream over the next few years.

Speaking with Port Strategy, vice president & chief marketing officer Andy Barrons explained that the advent of bigger ships has prompted a need for increased productivity, which in turn has driven advancements in technology. - See more here.

Navis used the conference to unveil a new automation platform that will be delivered as part of the SPARCS N4 version 3.0 of the key developments is a significant improvement in optimisation functionality

Cargotec and Navis have outlined how they see the relationship between the TOS and fleet management developing

“POAL is actively reviewing the shift away from a replacement strategy to an upgrade strategy (from Navis SPARCS) to Navis SPARCS N4,” the company said in a statement.

GCT will use the Navis SPARCS N4 TOS and manage task allocation and equipment optimisation using Navis’s PrimeRoute optimisation tool to allocate jobs and the new Navis ECN4 equipment control module (which replaces radio server).

Sociedad Portuaria de Cartagena (SPRC) in Cartagena, Columbia will implement a terminal process automation solution that integrates Navis Marine Telematics Software (MTS) with RTLS technology.