1-Stop Connections, a provider of digital solutions for the logistics sector, has announced the launch of a Vehicle Booking System (VBS) at Lyttelton Container Terminal in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Lyttleton Port Company (LPC), the South Island’s largest port and an international trade gateway, has selected 1-Stop’s solution to complement its terminal operating system (TOS) and boost connectivity across its network of facilities.
According to a statement, working with 1-Stop will also help LPC to integrate its depot, terminal and supply chain links, enabling the operator to manage capacity more effectively and achieve such aims as faster truck turn times.
The two parties first established a partnership in 2018, which saw 1-Stop agree to implement a VBS at LPC’s City Depot in Woolston. This is scheduled to go live in the near future.
The installation of the VBS is also the fourth to take place across New Zealand, with three of the nation’s largest container terminals already utilizing the product.
No queues at Lyttleton Container Terminal following VBS implementation (Credit: 1-Stop Connections)
Other benefits of the system, which is currently being used throughout Australia and South-East Asia as well, include greater transparency and the optimization of terminal equipment for the arrival of incoming trucks.
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Michael Bouari, CEO of 1-Stop, commented: “Terminals are one of the most important assets of any port and country. Operators make huge investments in machinery and systems to maximize the asset utilization.
“Whist operators invest heavily on machinery and the TOS to manage what they feel they can control, (quayside and inside the terminal), the smarter operators realise that external supply chains (landside and outside the terminal) can hugely impact the efficiency and productivity of the terminal.
“That’s why these smart operators don’t rely on appointment systems that supply limited and one-way information – as we all know, most terminals and supply chains aren’t a one size fits all.”