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SA Ports in Major smartPORT Transformation

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Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) new web-based Integrated Port Management System (IPMS) has been installed recently at the pilot site of the Port of Durban – an initiative that is anticipated to transform its ocean gateways into ‘smartPORTS’.

Developed by Navayuga Infotech, a company based in India and in collaboration with their South African partner Nambiti Technologies, the IPMS is a strategic project that aims to support the broader objectives of the Transnet Market Demand Strategy (MDS) in terms of efficiency and productivity.

The project will cost TNPA around US$6.2 million for the entire system, which will cover all eight South African ports, covering concept development, architecture, implementation and rollout.

Richard Vallihu, CEO of TNPA, said: “Since 2008, various feasibility studies were undertaken where we identified the need for an automated and web-based system to improve port operations, strengthen efficiencies and enhance competitiveness.

“This online system will help transform our ocean gateways into smartPORTs by using advanced information technology that will make them more intelligent and sustainable, while conserving resources, time, space and energy.”

Vallihu said the IPMS was benchmarked against Malaysian and Singaporean ports which were among the world’s most efficient.

Yugen Reddy of Sharaf Shipping Agency concluded: “My role as an agent is to make sure that ships are in and out of the port as quick as possible because time is money. With IPMS we will be able to use our smart phones or tablets while we’re out and about to update the system and get acknowledgment from TNPA on the spot with regards to sailing or berthing of vessels.”

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