Caribbean Port Goes Live With Octopi

Lesser Antilles political map. The Caribbees with Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea. With capitals and national borders. English labeling. Illustration. Vector.

Octopi, part of Navis and Cargotec Corporation, has announced that the Central American Port of International du Cap Haitien, Haiti, has gone live with Octopi TOS following a three-month implementation schedule.

The system is designed to move the port from a manual system to a comprehensive cloud-based TOS that can process information and actions in real-time.

Operating at 28,000 TEU, CTSA operates the only full-service container terminal in the Port of Cap Haitien which enables direct shipping access to the US.

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To remain competitive and upgrade their outdated processes, Cap Haitien tapped Octopi to replace manual functions and better their customer experience.

The Port International du Cap Haitien, located on Haiti’s northeastern coast, is operated by CTSA.

The port provides direct access to the markets in the northern regions of the country that are separated from the capital city by mountain ranges.

Its geographically central position in the Caribbean Basin enables direct shipping services to the United States and the opportunity for single connections to major global hubs throughout the region.

Currently operating at 28,000 TEU, the port services three shipping lines including CMA/CGM, Antillean Marine Shipping Corp and King Ocean Services. 

The port, which averages 20.5 vessels per hour, was challenged by a lack of accurate, timely data, both internally and externally, due to outdated and manual processes.

In relation to the capacity to manage EDI manifest and ship cargo data, it called Octopi to promote the port’s requirements for a visual depiction and yard mapping.

The Port of Cap Haitien started the implementation process the week of February 24 and was ready to go live just three months later.

With this new process, the central American port is able to replace manual functions such as inventory tracking and individuals mapping the yard, to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date data and seamless customer experience. 

Cesar de Windt, General Manager Operations, CTSA, said, “We recognize the power of Octopi and the value it provides to smaller terminals like ours that need to get up to speed quickly with more modern technology without the upfront cost associated with a massive TOS overhaul.

“The rate at which we were able to go from planning to implementation, to go-live is proof of Navis’ expertise in TOS services, regardless of the terminal size and we are excited about the potential that Octopi holds as we continue to look for additional ways to streamline operations, upgrade processes and deliver optimal service for the shippers that come to call at our port.

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Martin Bardi, VP of Global Sales, Octopi, said, “Taking a terminal from paper processes to a cloud-based, modern TOS within three months, while maintaining operational uptime is a complex process.

“The determination and dedication of the CTSA team in working towards improving their processes and commitment to training and developing their staff on the new system made the expedited turnaround time possible.

“It is a true testament to what can be achieved with Octopi and we’re excited to have them up and running and look forward to seeing how the new system will benefit their customers.

Port Technology also reported that Octopi by Navis, experts in TOS technology, will be holding a webinar on August 14, 2019 exploring how small and medium terminals can improve their operations and boost performance.

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