Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has acquired privately owned company Cetus Labs, the US-based provider of cloud-based terminal operating system (TOS) Octopi.
Designed for small container and mixed cargo terminals, Octopi is currently in use at ten sites across seven countries, delivering a cost-effective solution that enables terminal operators to improve their vessel planning and yard management.
In addition to this, Octopi enables users to track cargo and communicate electronically in real-time with ocean shipping partners.
According to a statement, Navis’ acquisition of Cetus Labs will better position the software leader to support thousands of smaller terminals around the world wishing to pursue modernization, but without the required infrastructure and technical expertise to support a full deployment of Navis N4.
Navis also predicts that being able to offer a TOS which can be implemented quickly will open up a new segment of the terminal market.
Derek Kober, Navis, emphasises the importance of data sharing as a method of collaboration in a recent Port Technology technical paper
Benoit de la Tour, President of Navis, said: “Our customers told us they need a lighter weight TOS solution to improve the planning and execution of operations for their smaller terminals, and to easily connect to the supply chain ecosystem.
“The demand for greater process standardisation, supply chain control and improved visibility of cargo flows are key focus areas for all our customers.
“By joining forces with Octopi, Navis is answering the need to have more TOS options for both standalone small terminals, and those smaller or remote terminals that are part of a larger global terminal operator network.”