The Curacao Ports Authority (CPA), and its tug operating affiliate KTK, have officially started production with their new KleinPort port management information system on the Dutch Caribbean island for vessel operations and the allocation of tugs, pilots and other services.
CPA selected Saab as the system supplier in June 2016 after an extensive public tendering process for a new port management system.
KleinPort will schedule, manage and track ships as well as generate billing and execute data analysis and reporting.
The elapsed time from contract award to system acceptance was less than six months.
Commenting on the successful deployment of the new system, Urvin Inocente, CPA IT Manager and Project Manager, said: “The implementation could not have gone smoother and remained exactly on budget. Saab was able to meet or exceed the project schedule time lines and their engineers and trainers were exceptional.
“The system is so well integrated that we are able to invoice for services within minutes of completion of operational activities. The use of mobile applications with our pilots and on our tugs and pilot boats has significantly enhanced overall efficiencies.
“We have incorporated the system schedule information into our website harbour traffic portal at hms.curports.com and this is used by all port stakeholders. We expect to move forward with Phase II system enhancements early in 2017.”
Pete Behrendt, Managing Director of Saab Technologies, added: “KleinPort is one of the most advanced port management information systems available today and is expected to significantly increase the efficiency of the port authority.”
The KleinPort port management system allows shipping lines to turn their vessels around faster and receive timely, accurate billing for services rendered.
Port business development specialist can provide accurate shipping statistics to customers and analyse growth trends.
The system also works so that ports can streamline their operations and grow without the need for additional staff and business infrastructure.