DP World Posorja has chosen to implement the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) at its greenfield multi-purpose port in Ecuador.
Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World holds a 50-year concession from the Government of Ecuador to build the country’s first deepwater port to help fuel economic growth and connect Ecuador with international markets.
DP World estimates the total investment for this project at US$ 1.2 billion and expects to create 500 jobs during the operation of the first phase.
Construction kicked off in July 2017 for phase one of the project, which includes a 750,000 annual TEU capacity terminal with a 400-meter deep pier, four quay cranes, 15 RTGs, a 20 kilometre road and a new and safer access channel to the Guayas River which is 16 meters deep and 21 nautical miles long.
Additionally, a logistics and industrial park of 100 hectares contiguous to the port will be developed, which will be a Special Zone of Economic Development (ZEDE), representing a number of opportunities for national and international companies and will promote new investments.
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DPW Posorja plans for a target go-live in second half of 2019.
As part of the N4 implementation process, DPW Posorja will also utilize Navis’ PrimeRoute, Expert Decking and AutoStow optimization modules.
In addition to N4, DP World has implemented an automated gate to reduce potential congestion at the gate and the yard.
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Jorge Velásquez, General Manager, DPW Posorja, said: “Innovation and technology are essential components to providing excellent and efficient service in the operation of all our terminals globally.
“As the port of new opportunities, DP World Posorja will always remain at the forefront and we remain focused on delivering seamless operations to help improve the competitiveness of Ecuadorian exporters.
“We partnered with Navis because of their reputation as the premier TOS technology provider in the ocean shipping space and know they will help us achieve optimal productivity levels from day one of operation.”
Martin Bardi, Vice President and General Manager, Latin America, Navis, said: “DP World is a major player in South American terminal operations, already managing facilities in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Suriname and we’re excited to support them as they turn their focus to Ecuador.
“Navis is currently the TOS of choice at 31 DP World terminals and the successful N4 implementation at Posorja will not only consolidate Ecuador as an important player in regional and global trade but will contribute to DPW Posorja’s status as a world-class semi-automated facility.”