OAKLAND, Calif.--()--Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation and the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, today announced that Khalifa Port, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has successfully launched commercial operations with the company’s advanced terminal operating system (TOS), SPARCS N4. Khalifa Port, developed by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), is the region’s only semi-automated terminal using SPARCS N4 and will handle container traffic transferred from Mina Zayed port by early 2013.
“Due to the grand scale of the Khalifa Port project, we needed a TOS partner with proven experience in semi- and fully-automated terminals. For us, the right partner was Navis”
“We are thrilled that SPARCS N4 was instrumental in helping to give Khalifa Port the highest state of the art container terminal facilities in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Bill Walsh, president and CEO, Navis. “Through the use of semi-automated technology solutions, Khalifa Port will be able to facilitate some of the world’s largest mega container ships like it did with the 14,000 container MSC Bari on September 1, 2012, solidifying the region’s future as one of most advanced trade hubs in the world.”
Khalifa Port’s developers, ADPC, were already familiar with Navis’ terminal operating systems from its use and success at Abu Dhabi Terminal-operated Mina Zayed, and selected Navis SPARCS N4 due to its ability to provide a proven solution and overall market leadership.
Once selected, the SPARCS N4 implementation involved a rigorous migration and testing period. Navis’ professional services project team operated on-site throughout, and worked hand-in-hand with a complex business ecosystem of multiple partners, contractors, engineers and executives to make the engagement a success. With SPARCS N4, Khalifa Port’s terminal operators can use automation functions to reduce variability in port management and traffic, as well as control container flow. As a result, Khalifa Port will achieve higher turnaround speeds and accuracy for its customers.
“Due to the grand scale of the Khalifa Port project, we needed a TOS partner with proven experience in semi- and fully-automated terminals. For us, the right partner was Navis,” says Joost Achterkamp, project director, Abu Dhabi Ports Company. “To date, we have been extremely happy with the dedication of the professional services project team at Navis, who faced and overcame complex challenges to ensure our success.”
SPARCS N4 is Navis’ latest generation TOS, allowing customers the flexibility and scalability needed to run their operations at the lowest possible total cost of ownership–from a single terminal to multiple terminals spanning numerous geographic locations managed from one central location.
At Navis World 2012 attendees can learn more about Khalifa Port on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Eryn Dinyovszky, transition manager/projects at Abu Dhabi Terminals, will lead a breakout session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. titled, “Abu Dhabi Terminals: A Case Study on Integration.” During the presentation, Dinyovszky will provide background on Abu Dhabi Terminals, as well as an overview of the semi-automated Khalifa Port. Attendees will hear first-hand about the key elements that structured the implementation with specific attention on the various components of the project.
About Navis, LLC
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, is the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, standing the test of time. Navis combines industry best practices with innovative technology and world-class services to enable our customers to maximize performance and reduce risk. Whether tracking cargo through a port, automating equipment operations, or managing multiple terminals through an integrated, centralized solution, Navis provides a holistic approach to operational optimization, providing customers with improved visibility, velocity and measurable business results. www.navis.com.
About Cargotec Corporation
Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows on land and at sea - wherever cargo is on the move. Cargotec's daughter brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor are recognised leaders in cargo and load handling solutions around the world. Cargotec's global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure the continuous, reliable and sustainable performance of equipment. Cargotec's sales totalled EUR 3.1 billion in 2011 and it employs approximately 10,500 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV. www.cargotec.com.