The port of Heysham’s RoRo terminal has digitized its operations with the installation of a Terminal Operating System (TOS) from Hogia, a smart IT system supplier for the transport industry.
The port has introduced Hogia’s TOS to total digitalize the management of freight transport, increasing the terminal’s efficiency and throughput while reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction in staff.
Head of RoRo at Peel Ports, Adrian Colquitt, said: “Hogia's terminal operating system makes our transport operations more efficient and allows us to provide a higher quality of service.
“It is paving the way for the increased capacity that we need to meet the growing demand for freight transport, and to be prepared for the outfall from Brexit.”
The port of Heysham is the first port in the UK to install Hogia’s TOS after a careful selection by experience technical managers.
With the approach of Brexit bringing concerns of port disruption, delays and queuing for heavy goods vehicles to UK and EU ports, optimizing port operations has become a priority for many in the industry.
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Senior Business Advisor at Hogia Transport Systems Limited, Gary Umpleby, said: “With the TOS capability for the pre-advising of units in advance of arrival at the port, and the possibility to integrate TOS with UK and EU customs & excise and border control systems, as well as systems used at the origin/destination ports and by hauliers, the deployment of TOS can significantly reduce the risks of diminished port capacity and HGV queuing that many fear may occur following Brexit.”
Hogia’s TOS provides a shared platform for both port staff and the ferry operators, enabling the terminal operations to be managed digitally, and features an open interface that can be easily integrated with third-party applications — including shipping companies’ own booking systems.
The TOS simplifies the identification of freight units arriving at the terminal gates, and automatically creates work orders when units need loaded/unloaded from vessels to send to tug drivers via in-cab tablet devices, replacing the need for unreliable methods such as radio communication.
Managing Director of Hogia Logistics Systems AB, Lars Tingström, said: “This is the start of a long-term partnership, through which we are looking forward to helping Heysham Port Ltd to further develop and grow its business by increasing efficiency and throughput, while at the same time improving staff job satisfaction, and helping the Port to be prepared for Brexit.”
The installation of the TOS comes as part of a $13 million investment from port operator Peel Ports, which has been used to build a new link-span bridge at the port to increase freight throughput.
The new 4.8km route cuts the journey time for goods traded between the UK and Ireland by 30 minutes, offering a significant cost saving to cargo owners and hauliers.