The Bangkok-based Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) has completed its implementation of the N4 terminal system by Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, so that it has up-to-the-minute cargo information and greater transparency around container activities.
PAT, a government-owned port, is located in Bangkok and is the only container terminal in the region, which allows the port to capitalize on the large volume of traffic coming through Southeast Asia.
The terminal reports 1.5 million TEU annually and average 35 moves per hour.
However, despite the impressive amount of cargo handled at the port, PAT was running a computer automated terminal operating system (CATOS), with a separate system and database for each individual operation in the terminal.
This resulted in difficulties tracking containers through the various PAT facilities and delays in operational data management reporting.
PAT implemented Navis’ singular N4 system for better information on each operation being performed at the port.
For the implementation, more than 1,000 operations personnel at PAT were trained to use N4.
Mark Welles, Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific, Navis, said: “Like many terminals, Port Authority of Thailand was looking to upgrade from their existing terminal system to one that helps streamline operations and delivers critical performance metrics in real time to further improve decision making that will benefit its customers.
“The upgrade to N4 will provide PAT with a more comprehensive view of its operations, all in one place, making it easier to pivot on a moment’s notice to keep up with the changing industry dynamics and evolving customer needs. We are eager to help them streamline their operations and help to digitize and modernize their terminals.”
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The move to N4 will not only improve productivity at PAT, but demonstrates the port’s support for the government’s ‘Thailand 4.0’ initiative – a state-sponsored economic plan that aims to unlock the country from several past economic challenges and create a value-based economy that is driven by innovation, technology and creativity.
Komol Sribangplinoy, Managing Director of Bangkok Port, PAT, commented: “The government of Thailand is committed to developing new growth hubs that will become important centers for trade, investment, regional transportation and strategic gateways to Asia.
“We are committed to playing a role in the success of Thailand 4.0 and our partnership with Navis to modernize operations is the first step in moving forward to a more innovative and technology-driven future.”