Abu Dhabi Terminals Bolsters Automation with N4 Update
Khalifa Port Container Terminal. Image courtesy of Abu Dhabi Terminals.
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has successfully upgraded its TOS to the latest version of Navis’ N4 to further bolster its automation capabilities.
ADT manages and operates the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, the first semi-automated container terminal in the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region, which handles 1.6 million TEU annually — serving as the main gateway to the Abu Dhabi market and a significant hub for regional trade.
The terminal successfully migrated to N4 in March 2018, and has now updated the system to execute its plans for the next level of automation, efficiency and accuracy improvements.
Chief Information Officer at Abu Dhabi Terminals, Arturo Garcia, said: “Migrating to a new system, even with the same provider, is a major undertaking for any terminal and poses many potential challenges.
“Through close collaboration with Navis and proper planning, intensive testing and dedication by all parties involved, this was one of the smoothest implementations completed at ADT to date.
“We will continue collaborating with Navis in the future to enhance and develop new functionalities in the system in order to keep ADT among the terminals around the world that are prepared to deliver high level automation services with a very high crane productivity.”
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ADT said it aims to continue the innovation and automation of its services as new technology and advanced infrastructure projects take hold in the region — keeping a particular focus in reducing vessel and truck turnaround times and increasing terminal productivity, whilst reducing the risk of human error.
VP and GM of the EMEA region at Navis, Chuck Schneider, said: “Efficiency and functionality have always been core to our ongoing TOS development and we’re excited that our longstanding partners continue to see the benefit of implementing our latest technology.
“Following its migration, ADT is well equipped to provide safe, highly productive and cost-efficient services, ensuring that the global and local competitiveness of its customers remains second-to-none.”