Congo Terminal has signed a licensing deal with Navis to replace its current terminal operating system (TOS) with the N4 TOS.
The upgrade is expected to reduce operating costs and turnaround time for shipping lines visiting the terminal.
Migrating to the Navis N4 3.5 TOS will also allow Congo Terminal to address the need for increased operational support, meet growing customer service demand and remain competitive in the market.
It is also set to improve automation of operations planning and execution at the terminal, which currently handles around 600,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo annually.
Congo Terminal is situated in the port city of Pointe-Noire in Congo and is operated by Bolloré Ports.
Bolloré Ports deputy CEO Stanislas de Saint Louvent said: “As we continue to modernise and innovate at our terminal, it’s imperative that we focus on key operational improvements that will enhance our overall service quality and streamline processes for the growing traffic passing through our site.
“Having N4 in place will enable us to handle a larger capacity and will prepare us for the transition to increased automation as it becomes more prominent in the industry.”
Bolloré Ports has been operating the Congo Terminal since 2009 as part of a concession granted through a public-private partnership with the Government of Congo, and has so far invested €360m to improve equipment and infrastructure at the container handling facility.
Navis Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) vice-president and general manager Chuck Schneider said: “Bolloré Ports has been a great partner to Navis and recently signed on to utilise N4 at seven of its leading terminals worldwide.
“We are currently their TOS provider of choice and Congo Terminal is the second site to start their N4 implementation, following the Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal in India earlier this year.”
Navis recently announced that International Container Terminal Services’ (ICTSI) Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) has been upgraded to the N4 3.4 platform.