Tideworks Technology fortifies Ro/Ro operations



Tideworks Technology, Seattle, WA, USA


M.I.T. and Kingston Wharves deploy Mainsail Ro/Ro Module

When Manzanillo International Terminal-Panama, S.A. (M.I.T.) in Colón, Panama, the largest container facility in Latin America handling some 1.5 m TEUs in 2004, decided they needed to provide more support to their increasing Ro/Ro business, they looked to Tideworks Technology® Inc., a leading provider of fullservice terminal management and planning software solutions. M.I.T. implemented Tideworks’ Mainsail Ro/Ro module, part of the Mainsail Terminal Management System®, and today the facility is handling more than 55,000 units of rolling stock per year, rapidly becoming an important transshipment facility for Ro/Ro cargo in Latin America.

“We have some very unique requirements for managing the rolling stock of our customers,” said Mary Carmen Barrios, Ro/Ro manager, M.I.T. “The Mainsail application not only met, but exceeded those needs. The Mainsail Ro/Ro module allows us to quickly and efficiently register all the essential data related to the Ro/Ro units that we handle; this enables us to efficiently control our international transshipment operation and to share the information with each one of our customers.”

Kingston Wharves Limited, one of the largest and most experienced multi-purpose wharf companies in the Englishspeaking Caribbean, also needed a better system for handling its 25,000 motor cars annually. A long-time user of Tideworks’ solutions to manage their container business, Kingston Wharves also will implement the Mainsail Ro/Ro module to gain more efficiency and control over their rolling stock business. “The Mainsail system truly combines the best practices of hands-on terminal management with secure and reliable Internet-driven technologies,” said Clarence Bedassie, Systems and Network Administrator, Kingston Wharves Limited. “We have seen how the Mainsail Ro/Ro system is working in Panama and the positive results for both the terminal and its customers; we anticipate the same sort of results for KWL and its customers.”

The new Mainsail Ro/Ro module enables container terminal operators such as M.I.T., and multi-purpose terminal operators such as Kingston Wharves to manage both containers and rolling stock (automobiles, buses, construction equipment, etc.) within the same software application. Flexible and user-friendly, the module has been designed to also handle the needs of pure Ro/Ro terminal operators and easily scales to manage their entire terminal operation. Ro/Ro operations are fortified with Mainsail’s realtime inventory management, flexible workflow tools, and comprehensive integration with other business-critical systems and partners. The system empowers terminal operations with complete visibility and control of cargo at the gate, in the yard, and on the vessel. The result is faster, more efficient cargo processing.

Real-time Ro/Ro management and control

With Mainsail, terminal operators can easily track imports, exports, transshipment, and yard moves all within one system. The system includes transactions for gate in, gate out, load, discharge, re-handle, and yard spotting of cargo. The Ro/Ro module delivers complete capabilities for tracking new and used autos, rolling equipment and machinery, as well as other noncontainerised break-bulk cargoes. A fully customisable, multitiered cargo definition structure allows users to assign specific cargo types based on the cargo characteristics. For example, ‘Auto’ may be used as a primary category, ‘Ford’ as a subcategory, and ‘Escort’ as the cargo type.

Users find that managing cargo constraints and hazardous information is easy to do with Mainsail. User-defined constraints can be placed on cargo to handle any number of situations, with outcomes ranging from a ‘soft’ user warning to not allowing the cargo to leave the terminal. For both containerised and non-containerised cargoes alike, Mainsail fully supports the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, enabling users to quickly identify and register hazardous cargo information in the system.


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