State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will, later this month, launch a new version of its container terminal operating system Navis Sparcs N4.
This latest version will set the new architectural foundation for added features and capabilities, says TPT CFO Sharla Chetty.
The Navis Smart platform will incorporate apps such as the truck booking application and real-time operations insights, as well as other features such as berth and equipment optimisation.
“As technology becomes an integral part of executing daily tasks, the upgrade introduces improved performance, reliability, security and scalability, providing support for later database software versions. Business intelligence and operational monitoring dashboards have been tuned for better usability and performance,” says Chetty.
The information and communications technology team will be remotely supported by an experienced team of Navis engineers from around the world.
During the cut-over and support period, both teams will ensure timeous resolution should any issues be experienced. The teams have collaboratively rehearsed the upgrade on multiple occasions adopting a remote working approach, the results of which have been successful.
“We have been using Navis Sparcs N4 in our container terminal operations for 14 years, maximising the potential and benefits the software offers to afford great value to our customers. The upgrade is a maintenance practice occurring every two years, where the company and its customers plan in advance for the 24-hour shutdown.”
Industry engagements are ongoing to ensure integrated planning is considered as the Durban, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura container terminals this month begin the export of citrus fruit, one of South Africa’s biggest seasons. TPT has, over the years, used the Navis system to manage its nine container terminals.
“We have contingency plans in place in the event of any unforeseen delays. However, the set of skills and experience that our ICT team possesses is very encouraging,” says Chetty.