Puerto Caacupe-mi has become the first port in Paraguay and South America to adopt both Navis N4 and Kalmar SmartPort solutions.
Kalmar and Navis, both subsidiaries of the Cargotec group, announced the deal at Intermodal South America.
Puerto Caacupe-mi has selected both the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) and Kalmar’s SmartPort process automation solutions for its Asuncion and Pilar facilities.
The port selected N4 due to it’s flexability to adapt to individual customer needs, whilst achieving greater efficiency port-wide.
The latest in a series of TOS, N4 will allow Puerto Caacupe-mi greater flexibility and scalability needed to run terminal operations spanning numerous geographical locations, managed from a single central location.
By using the system in conjunction with Kalmar SmartFleet, which offers real time and historical data for remote equipment monitoring for all tracked assets, the port hopes to greatly improve quality of information and greatly reduce any chance of human error.
Puerto Caacupe will also implement Kalmar SmartMap which will allow for a terminal wide view of on-going operations.
Speaking of the decision, Puerto Caacupe-mi president, Leri Frizza said “The biggest challenge for us is adapting to constantly changing market demands and customer needs. With N4 and SmartPort, we hope to improve the way our customers are serviced and, at the same time, increase efficiency and control.”
“In the next ten years, providing customized information to customers will be an industry standard. We chose Navis and Kalmar because we wanted to provide customers with tailor-made solutions and information now, and at the same time, achieve improved operations at our sites.”
Over the past 24 months operations at the port have grown exponentially – with 100,000 TEU handled annually and 250 percent growth in volume, and a further 50 percent growth expected in the next five years.
It is therefore essential that the port be able to meet the evolving needs of their customers, something they felt the addition of Navis N4 and Kalmar SmartFleet could greatly improve.
Navis Americas senior sales director, Martin Bardi said “Collaborating with Kalmar to optimize the operations at Puerto Caacupe-mi is a significant milestone for the region. As the technologies integrate seamlessly, Puerto Caacupe-mi Asuncion and Pilar will both benefit greatly from this collaboration.
“We’re eager to establish a go-live date and allow the facilities to achieve greater agility and deliver consistently for their customers. With N4 and SmartPort solutions in place, Puerto Caacupe-mi will be able to facilitate its aggressive growth trajectory,” he continued.
John Scott, president of Automation at Kalmar said “When we’ve combined Navis and Kalmar technologies in the past, our customers have been impressed with the results. We’re looking forward to delivering both Navis and Kalmar solutions at the Puerto Caacupe-mi terminals.”
“While N4 and SmartPort will be achieving separate tasks, at the end of the day, the two technologies will accelerate the efficiency and growth of the ports in the region and within the industry at large.”
Navis will be showcasing their products at stand B-76 at Intermodal South America, whilst Kalmar will be at stand C-235.