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JNPCT commences migration to new Terminal Operating System


The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) has commenced migrating its Terminal Operating System (TOS) to Navis’ SPARCS N4 Platform. The migration was inaugurated at a function in Mumbai on Wednesday (October 11, 2017) by Mr Anil Diggikar, IAS, Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), in the presence of Mr Neeraj Bansal, IRS, Deputy Chairman, Dr Unnikrishnan Nair, Chief Manager (Traffic), Capt. Amit Kapoor, Deputy Conservator and other JNPT officials, besides Ms See Jean Lau, Regional VP (Customer Experience) and other representatives from Navis. Representatives from the trade were also present.


Describing this as a revolutionary step, Mr Anil Diggikar, in his address, stressed that this new system developed by Navis, a global leader in terminal operating systems, will significantly enhance the efficiency of JNPCT. It has been JNPT’s endeavour to continuously boost infrastructure at the Port in order to facilitate ease of doing business, which includes digitisation, he added.


Technology is a strong facilitative tool and this most modern TOS will help JNPCT provide further value to the trade, emphasised Mr Neeraj Bansal. He called on the JNPT team handling the migration and operation to be focused, and also sought feedback from Navis officials on the process. He reaffirmed JNPT’s commitment to facilitate cost-competitiveness for the trade, so that India’s exports are competitive and imports cheaper, with the aim of ultimately benefiting the common man. The trade was also asked to give feedback on the new system as it is implemented.


Ms See Jean Lau highlighted that Navis has over 330 TOS users worldwide, and that the company also works with carriers. She gave a presentation on the system.


Earlier, Mr Unnikrishnan Nair said that the digitisation initiative will facilitate JNPT being at par with the top international ports. He disclosed that 17 top people (who were given certificates on the occasion) from the Port have been trained for the migration, which is expected to take place in less than a year. He complimented Mr Diggikar and Mr Bansal for their leadership in facilitating and initiating this migration.


Capt. Umesh Grover and Capt. Ram Iyer, representing CFSAI and MANSA, respectively, lauded this initiative of JNPT. Capt. Grover said it was the right time to get the new system, with the mega fourth terminal set to become operational by the end of this year. Capt. Iyer described it as another landmark achievement by the Port’s management team, adding that it will help move towards an integrated cargo community system.


JNPT highlights salient features of SPARCS N4


Allows Seamless Integration: The open architecture of SPARCS N4 can easily connect to our existing systems and add new applications as our business grows.


Increases Scalability: The SPARCS N4 architecture has the flexibility to scale with our business and, therefore, helps avoid unnecessary upfront capital expenditure.


Reduces Administration and Support Costs: The multi-facility capability of SPARCS N4 allows us to standardise and centralise systems across global operations.


Avoids Expensive Customisation: The SPARCS N4 does not require many customisations as it employs extensive data-driven business logic to create a highly configurable solution.


Simplifies and Accelerates Implementation: The flexible configuration of SPARCS N4 enables rapid deployment and reduces our implementation costs.


Optimum Utilisation of Container Handling Equipment: PrimeRoute pools equipments with operating business rules to optimise work assignments in real time.


Better Yard Utilisation: SPARCS N4 Expert Decking helps space-constrained terminals to increase utilisation of yard space.


Optimised Vessel Planning: Vessel AutoStow plans helps reduce up to 70 per cent planning time, higher yard productivity, and increases responsiveness to operational challenges.


Automated crane scheduling and monitoring: SPARCS N4 Quay Commander provides real-time monitoring and helps increase labour productivity and more tightly integrated equipment control.


Source: Exim News Service - MUMBAI, Oct. 11


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