Abu Dhabi Launches Fully Digitized PCS
United Arab Emirates (UAE) operator Abu Dhabi Ports has launched the nation’s first fully digitalised Port Community System (PCS) with tracking features to add efficiency for customers.
A celebration of the PCS’s inauguration took place on October 3, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Abu Dhabi, according to the UAE’s government news agency, WAM.
It was developed for operation by Maqta Gateway, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, the operator of Abu Dhabi ports, the Port of Fujairah, and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).
Abu Dhabi Ports’ Maqta Gateway PCS is currently linked to 10 ports in Asia and Europe, in the aim of integrating with additional PCS by 2020.
Its new PCS was built with mobility in mind and covering sea, air, land ports, rail and industrial zones will also integrate with air cargo and land by 2019.
Maqta Gatewa’s PCS uses a “track and trace” service that provides customers with transaction data at any time and any place.
Efficiency, speed and access to information in real time are intended to further the shipping of goods in a safe and secure way.
It provides over 100 services, including ease of registration and payment, container services, general cargo services, as well as cruise ships services.
It also uses a single window to bring services to shipping agents, traders, custom brokers, freight forwarders, clearing agents.
In so doing, it connects port and custom authorities, terminal operators, railways, airports, and industrial zone communities.
As a key outcome, state authorities can see what goods are coming into their country prior to their arrival.
In the short time the PCS has been operational, it has achieved 50 integration points and more than 35 international shipping partners, including global shipping companies, the UAE government said.
Market testing during the beta in 2016 showed the market was substantial: Maqta Gateway logged 37,000 vessel entries and 3.6 million digital transactions.
Maqta Gateway’s PCS’s ability to let customers track their routes before departing from their original destinations has already attracted customers.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi, said: "Abu Dhabi’s Port Community System, represents a major milestone that has been successfully accomplished with the will and cooperation of our teams, our ongoing investment in the creativity of local talent and our development of the latest technology.
“The interest given by developed countries to implement this system is due to it is vital role in promoting business growth, maximizing revenues and reducing operational costs.
"Maqta PCS has successfully developed more than 100 efficient and easy to use services, which has further encouraged a 100 percent adoption from our customers, in all ship management, export and import operations during the last period. This new system has also succeeded in creating fully intelligent maritime services designed in Abu Dhabi.”
Dr Noura Al Dhaheri, General Manager of Maqta Gateway, said: "We have set our sights on delivering services that would rival the best in the world. The fully digitalized Maqta Gateway will unlock the potential for faster and seamless multi-mode transit for passengers and cargo, boosting efficiency in trade.
“While enhancement of trade was a priority in the design phase, we also considered the benefits it could bring from an ecological, cost saving and Emiratisation perspective.