Halifax Port Authority in Canada has awarded a contract to Saab to provide Port Management Information System (PMIS).
This marks a major milestone in efforts to digitalise port operations.
The system will aid in streamlining port operations, which will permit port departments, 80 service providers, customers and other stakeholders to boost collaboration.
Port of Halifax is a full-service, deepwater port that links over 150 countries. It is said to be the only port on the east coast of the country that can receive ultra-class container vessels with more than 10,000 TEU.
PMIS will automate the planning and execution of different port operations, including resources and services for vessel visits and multi-dimensional client contracts.
One of the major aspects of the system is the accurate billing of services that were provided, stated the company.
Saab’s Port Management in Vancouver will deliver the PMIS, as well as the multi-year support contract.
Halifax Port Authority President and CEO Captain Allan Gray said: “We are a data-driven port. We expect the PMIS to be the single source of information that will transform our business. It will make operations transparent to all members in the port community in real time.
“It will also make it much easier to measure performance. We decided to work with Saab because of their track record. They have the best mix of functionality, cost and proven results in the market.”
In June last year, Port of Halifax introduced a vessel forecast summary (VFS) application that will offer additional visibility on expected container vessel arrival times.
Government of Canada also allocated approximately C$47m ($37.78m) to be invested in two projects, aimed at expanding the capacity of the Port of Halifax.