Navis | Terminal Operating Systems (TOS) for Ports and Terminals


Terminal Operating Systems for Ports and Container Terminals

Navis provides operational technologies that unlock greater performance and efficiency for our customers, the world’s leading terminal operators. The Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) represents more than 27 years of experience and innovation that enables terminals to optimize their operations and move cargo smarter, faster and more efficiently. As an industry leading technology, more than 270 container terminals worldwide, including some of the world’s most advanced automated facilities, have partnered with Navis to improve performance, reduce costs and minimize risk.

The Navis Professional Services team helps customers maximize the effectiveness of their technology investments by aligning operational optimization and new business processes with a terminal’s most important goals. Whether embarking on a new implementation or exploring ways to get more from existing systems, the Navis Professional Services team offers proven best practices that help terminals worldwide gain significant competitive advantages.

As a trusted technology partner, Navis understands that as ships get larger and operational processes become more complex, efficiency and productivity remain an expectation. Advanced and reliable technologies are essential. Navis offers the tools and personnel necessary to meet the requirements of a new, and ever-evolving, global supply chain.

Terminal Operating Systems for Ports and Container Terminals

N4 - Optimising efficiency at container terminals

Navis N4 is a modern technology platform that optimises efficiency and powers the intelligent movement of goods through container terminals worldwide. The N4 technology platform is very maintainable and adaptable, allowing customers the flexibility...

Navis Terminal Business Intelligence Portal

The Navis Terminal Business Intelligence (BI) Portal enables terminals to understand the real-time and historical performance of their business with comprehensive and agile analytics reporting. The Navis Terminal BI Portal provides near-real...

PrimeRoute - Yard Route Optimisation

Navis PrimeRoute Optimization Module enables real-time routing, dispatching and monitoring of straddle carriers, terminal tractors and other internal transportation vehicles within the container terminal.

Expert Decking - Automated Yard Planning

Navis Expert Decking Optimization Module automates yard planning, distributing containers throughout the yard based on predefined business rules. This comprehensive yard allocation module facilitates real-time, accurate and optimized stowage...

Vessel Autostow - Stowage planning module

Navis Vessel Autostow is an optimization module that automatically generates stow plans for the entire ship or by specific bay based on rules set by the ship planner and in compliance with vessel planning stowage strategy.

Rail Autostow - Automated railcar routing and planning

Rail Autostow enables terminal operators to automatically route railcars to hub assignments and plan train load sequences based on criteria preconfigured for a specific environment.

PowerStow - Stowage planning and management system

PowerStow is a shipping container stowage planning and management system that operates in real-time, thus enabling planners to optimize container stowage throughout the entire voyage of the vessel, resulting in enhanced container stowage planner...

Optimisation Services

The successful implementation of optimisation modules, Expert Decking, PrimeRoute and Autostow, is one of the most challenging parts of any TOS implementation project. To achieve the best results, it is important to have the right configuration...

Why N4?

Navis brought several customers together to discuss what Navis N4 means to them and their terminals. Hear from Haifa Port, Hamburg Sud, Port Newark Container Terminal, Malta Freeports Limited, Modern Terminals Limited, YILPORT Holding Inc., Virginia International Terminals, and Cornelder de Mocambique and their experiences with N4.

Navis: Guenter Schmidmeir Talks to PTI

Guenter Schmidmeir, General Manager and VP Sales EMEA at Navis talks to PTI at TOC Europe 2015 to discuss the company’s collaboration with XVELA and the importance of working together in the industry to overcome challenges such as mega ships.

Navis: Inspire Awards 2015 Sponsored by PTI

The Navis Inspire Awards recognize excellence in container terminal operations and celebrate customers who use the Navis terminal operating system (TOS) and optimization modules to innovate, optimize and deliver value for positive impact at their terminal. All winners are promoted through features published by the Port Technology Journal.

Navis: Optimising Terminal Performance

Andy Barrons, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Navis gives an exclusive interview with PTI to discuss the process of optimising terminal performance using business intelligence and collaborative stowage planning with ocean carriers.

Navis: Why Terminals Choose Navis N4

The Navis N4 is a user friendly terminal operating system used by over 190 terminals worldwide. By using this TOS terminal operators can benefit from increased scalability, seamless integration and a reduction in administration and support costs.

Navis: Get More with N4

Navis N4 is a terminal operating system helping container terminal operators worldwide by being efficient, flexible, adaptable, cost-effective and scalable. In our rapidly changing world, terminal operators need a system that enhances terminal operational efficiency and supports future growth.

Navis: Lyttelton Port Company on Navis N4

Paul Monk, Operations Manager and Peter McDonald, Container Terminal Manager at Lyttelton Port Company explain the benefits of the Navis N4 and how it has supported their strategy to be the number one container port of the South Island, New Zealand.

Navis: Port of Tauranga on Navis N4

Graeme Marshall, Commercial Manager at the Port of Tauranga explains how the Navis N4 has helped improve productivity efficiency for its port as it makes plans to move towards the trend of mega-ships by increasing yard, labour and equipment capacity.

Navis: Terminal Zarate, Buenos Aires

Gustavo Oliver, Terminal Manager at Terminal Zarate describes how the Navis N4 has the ability to perform a real time data analysis, allowing for customer needs to be met. Using this TOS has kept Terminal Zarate at the top of technology.

Navis: TRANSNET Port Terminals, South Africa

TRANSNET Port Terminal shares their experience with Navis’ Terminal Management Solutions, describing it as a way to increase its value proposition for customers by improving efficiency, costs and productivity.

What is XVELA? CEO Explains Innovative SaaS Company

Supported by Navis, XVELA runs as an independent entity focused on stowage planning and management innovation. In this interview with Guy Rey-Herme, CEO & President of XVELA discussions are made on the operations of XVELA and its future.

Navis: How Automation Software Creates Efficient Terminals

Guenter Schmidmeir, General Manager & Vice President EMEA discusses how automation software has created efficient terminals in the port industry. The software strategy and the changes that Navis have made to its products to meet customer needs are also explored.


Lyttelton Port of Christchurch

“With Navis, expansion is seamless. You can keep expanding your volume without hitting any barriers, giving us the ability to keep growing.” – Peter Davie, Chief Executive, Lyttelton Port Company


Port of Tauranga

“If you look at any port, the most important thing they can offer their customer is productivity – technology is absolutely critical in the space.” – Graeme Marshall, Commercial Manager, Port of Tauranga


Terminal Zarate

“Visibility and self-customization. It’s so easy to configure the system and lets us adapt it to new requirements and processes.” – Gustavo Oliver, Senior Executive, Terminal Zarate


Transnet Port Terminals

“N4 has given us the additional advantage of effectively supporting the business and having greater control of what is happening around the terminals.” – Louis Hutton, Senior IT Manager, Transnet port Terminals

N4 Brochure

Navis N4 is a sophisticated and modern technology platform that optimizes efficiency and helps to power the intelligent movement of goods through the supply chain.

N4 Datasheet

Navis N4 Features and Functionality

Expert Decking

Expert Decking considers the state of the yard in real-time, dynamically assessing container volumes, CHE locations, stack configurations and terminal specific business rules for “best-case” stacking of import, export and empty containers.


PrimeRoute enables optimal, real-time routing, dispatching and monitoring of equipment within the container terminal.

Vessel Autostow

Vessel AutoStow is an optimization module that automatically generates stow plans for the entire ship or by specific bay based on rules set by the ship planner and in compliance with vessel planning stowage strategy.

Rail Autostow

Rail Autostow enables terminal operators to automatically route railcars to hub assignments and plan train load sequences based on criteria preconfigured for a specific environment.


PowerStow offers easy-to-use, comprehensive planning tools that provide real-time visibility of stowage, cargo forecasts, stability and strength, crane split, lashing and error conditions.

Implementation and tuning of Navis Optimization Modules

Navis has built a dedicated global Optimization Services Practice, which is building and applying the Navis TOS implementation best-practices for optimization modules.

OPCSA Las Palmas to Report its Performance with DATAVIEW from DSP

  14 Mar 2019

Technology and data experts drive TOS transition

Navis Acquires Software Solution Provider

  08 Mar 2019

Navis has acquired privately owned company Cetus Labs, the US-based provider of cloud-based terminal operating system Octopi

ICTSI’s Income Booms in 2018

  07 Mar 2019

Terminal operator optimistic despite US-China tariffs

Navis Emissions Software Receives Global Certification

  27 Feb 2019

Navis has announced that the dedicated emission compliance-modules of its Bluetracker One software have been awarded certification by Verifavia

Navis Computer to Boost Bulk Carrier Fleet

  22 Feb 2019

Navis, a provider of maritime software solutions, has announced that it will equip a series of nine new-build bulk carriers with a dedicated version of its MACS3 computer

XVELA to Drive Advanced Stowage for Miami Carrier

  20 Feb 2019

XVELA, a cloud-based collaboration platform for carriers, has announced that shipping company Seaboard Marine has gone live with its Collaborative Stowage Solution

Navis to Highlight Heroes of the Sector

  18 Feb 2019

Navis outlines a selection of world-leading maritime players as nominees for its Inspire Awards 2019

Navis World 2019 Preview: Q&A with Andy Barrons

  15 Feb 2019

Ahead of Navis World 2019, PTI has spoken with Andy Barrons, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Portfolio Management

ICTSI Inaugurates Expanded Georgia Terminal

  15 Feb 2019

Major terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. has announced the inauguration of its expanded Batumi International Container Terminal

ONE and Navis Topple Stowage Record

  14 Feb 2019

Ocean Network Express has broken the record for the amount of TEU stored on a single container vessel, which it achieved with the support of Navis’ StowMan solution

Making Vessel Visits More Efficient

“Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.” This quote is attribute to former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, and today, it is quite a similar reality for terminals preparing strategies in a hyper-competitive market. As of this level of competition, the maritime transportation industry faces both challenges and opportunities.

Working as One: Data Sharing

Kober presents an excellent argument for why greater visibility outweighs data sharing concerns, backing up his points with information gathered from port and terminal industry executives.

#SPSC18 Conference e-Book #1 Supply Chains

Wolfgang Lehmacher, World Economic Forum; Dr. Oscar Pernia Fernandez, Navis and XVELA; Chris Collins; Rashid Abdulla, DP World; Niels Kristiansen, Anders Olivarius, Thor Thorup, Portchain

Digital Container Shipping: The Path Toward Intelligent Supply Chains

Our industry cannot simply look at new technologies in isolation. We must be attuned to end users, taking note of their experience and implementing it as a core element in inspiring broader changes to transportation and logistical processes, argue Mafran Martinez and Dr. Oscar Pernia

Using Intelligent TOS Plug-Ins to Increase Terminal Performance

As volumes have found their way up again, and additional terminal capacity is not easily realized, terminals return to seeking improvements in their internal processes. Based on our experience, which covers over 50 terminals where we assisted in performance improvement programs, it is possible to make substantial performance gains for internal processes. This is also recognized by the terminals themselves. A recent survey by Navis...

Machine Learning in Container Terminals

With many new opportunities emerging from the current wave of digitalization throughout global logistics chains, terminal planning and management need to be revisited with a data-driven perspective. The amount of operational data, such as from a terminal operating system (TOS), together with data from a variety of new data sources, such as sensors and mobile technologies, is growing fast but for the most part remains...

Qingdao Terminal: Fully Automated to Welcome Megaships

This is the age of mega ships. These massive ships are carrying more cargo than ever before, and play a vital role in maritime transportation, dictating the future of the shipping industry. Just two years ago, the largest ship had a capacity of 19,200 TEUs.

Automated Intelligence

Why is realizing the full potential of automated terminals for operational performance taking so long? And, for those who succeed in automation, why is it so complex and difficult?

The New Era of Container Shipping

In the new era we see, vendors of solutions will date to venture out their niches and look for solutions that connect and interchange information in real time to provide actionable visibility and enable efficient decision making. These solutions will be possible because new standards for information exchange and a set of common semantics have evolved.

Leveraging Virtual Reality

The perception of automation is that robots relieve human beings from repetitive tasks and that process automation brings stability and predictable performance to a container terminal, thereby increasing safety. What we often fail to mention is that even with the implementation of automation, accidents will still occur and technology can still fail.

Update: Ports of the Future

For the port of the future, bigger vessels, broader carrier alliances, container capacity consolidation and larger hub and spoke port networks will be changing costs and revolutionising the way in which profits are generated from operations. Simultaneously, the port of the future will manage increased investment along with demands for improved productivity and higher level of service

New Frontier: Big Data & the Impact on the Supply Chain

Modern business moves at the speed of light, and as part of that, access to timely and accurate data is critical. The ability to automate not only the collection of, but also, the analysis of the massive amounts of information processed on a daily basis, allows organisations to make business decisions based on facts, rather than antiquated processes or unreliable intuition and gut instincts. The...

The Journey of CONTROLS: DP World Antwerp

TBA is proudly celebrating ‘10 years CONTROLS’. In a series of articles, The Journey of CONTROLS will take you around the world, bringing you to various terminals who are using emulation and sharing their stories. In this second episode, we will write about the usage of CONTROLS at DP World (DPW) Antwerp

Data Alchemy and Smart Connected Terminals

Dr Oscar Pernia and Jukka Lindström of Cargotec explore how data alchemy can lead to the future

Digital Ports: The Evolving Role of Port Authorities

Expert analysis from Dr Oscar Pernia (Navis) and Francisco de los Santos of Algeciras Port Authority

GCT Bayonne: award-winning terminal operations

Located in one of the densest consumer markets, the GCT Bayonne Expansion Project is the first brownfield container terminal in the Western Hemisphere to be converted to semi-automation

Automated Terminals: The Productivity Quantum Leap

The establishment of KPCT has been a success story. This paper explains how KPCT became one of the most productive automated terminals in the world

Automation ‘Standards’: the search for perfection

With more and more automated container terminals being implemented, there is an opportunity to standardise the solutions and learn from each other, explains Oscar Pernia and Elisa Rouhiainen of Navis

Porto Itapoá’s award-winning operations

Porto Itapoá began operations in June, 2011, and is already considered one of the fastest and most efficient terminals in Latin America, as well as behind one of the largest and most important in Brazil for containerised cargo movement

DP World and Navis: The Learning Curve

Ports and terminals across the globe are striving to meet the increasing demands for process excellence and operational efficiency, representatives of Navis and DP World explain how

Ports of the Future: The Sense of Wonder

Dr Oscar Pernia, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Navis, discusses the key elements required for a port of the future to function seamlessly within the ocean supply chain

Navis: How to Create Change

VP of Navis Andy Barrons explains that "we need to do better as an industry"

How to Boost Terminal Operations with TOS Plug-ins

How 'plug-ins' can optimise TOS operations and fill the gaps left where operators are left to make complex decisions in little time

The Definitive Guide to Terminal Productivity

Significant improvement of current operational performance levels at terminals is feasible. A major evolution is taking place in some of the current concepts driving operational planning, control and execution practices. These changes will require not only technology but also new processes and collaboration across the industry that will shape the future of how terminals work and engage

Versiant Smartphone Application Sees Tremendous Growth

Versiant has developed a smartphone application called Lynx Mobile that integrates directly with Navis’s Express and N4 versions of their TOS. Its realtime integration gives sub-second responses to any query without impacting the normal processing of the TOS. Several terminals have deployed this new technology including: Global Terminals, Maher Terminals LLC, PNCT, Ports America Chesapeake, Port of Houston Authority and Yusen Terminals

Driving forces and new paradigms: efficiency in container shipping

Container shipping operations are changing and efficiency is now of paramount importance to both shipping lines and container terminal operators. Operational practices, tools and industry paradigms are being tested by fundamental forces at every turn.

Automation insight: Haifa Port, Israel

It was a very stressful day (and night). Haifa Port was about to go live in all its terminals with its new Terminal Operation System – the Navis SPARCS N4. The latest version was only implemented in a select few terminals around the world and its implementation in Israel was a huge leap for the port and the Israeli maritime community. However, there was a...

Easing into automation

Dr. Oscar Pernia discusses in this article how automation continues to be adopted and embraced throughout the industry and how it is here to stay. He also delves into both terminal automation challenges and solutions and how if these solutions are implemented properly the investment can prove automation to be a worthwhile investment. This comes with the added abilities of being able to provide high...

What optimisation means for terminals and ports

In terms of the marine shipping industry, one of the most accurate definitions of optimisation is: “The act of making a system, design or decision as effective or functional as possible.” Optimisation as a discipline is an ancient science best illustrated over time.

Trends in Marine Terminal Automation

An unpredictable economy and fluctuating container volumes are two key challenges marine terminal operators continue to navigate, creating new demands for efficiencies. These uncertainties have caused a renewed interest in process and equipment automation technologies as a path to increased efficiency. When deployed and integrated with the terminal operating system, these automation technologies can support and increase terminal capacity, optimize equipment utilization, and improve overall...

Khalifa Port: The Birth of a Giant

Khalifa Port is situated next to the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), a cornerstone of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, an industrial development of massive scale, which is under construction and is intended to stretch over an extraordinary 417 square kilometers.

The upside of the downturn – post-recession positives for the container terminal industry

While the 1990s and 2000s were marked by a scramble for capacity and scale to keep up with the rapid growth that enabled global trade as we know it today, the next decade will be very different.

Beyond ROI: How benchmarking and KPI tracking can better reveal the true value of technology investm

Labour costs, in both developed and developing countries, seem continually on the rise. Traditionally, when evaluating the impact of process automation technology investments, like those involving OCR, RFID, and GPS automation solutions, considerable emphasis is placed on the ROI derived solely from labour force reductions. Many terminal operators, keen on reducing rising operating costs and reliance on unionised labour, may feel the pressure to prematurely...

Capacity creation is the top priority in South African ports

Nowhere in South Africa is the rapid upsurge in economic activity and growth more evident than in its commercial ports. Historically neglected and under-funded prior to 1994, during the country’s economic sanctions and apartheid era, South Africa’s ports have since been experiencing booming business, and stateowned transport and freight entity Transnet Limited has been at pains to ensure it creates capacity ahead of demand in...

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