Global shipping technology provider Navis has collaborated with Microsoft China, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) and Moffatt & Nichol to establish a joint taskforce to explore new opportunities and develop turnkey automation solutions.

The taskforce intends to provide a single integrated solution for future terminal automation projects, as well as automate and improve existing terminal infrastructures and systems.

The initiative also aims to offer faster ways for achieving improved productivity, safety and sustainability.

"Our experience tells us that the collective industry as a whole still faces challenges ahead in order to achieve the full potential offered by automation."

Navis Asia Pacific VP and general manager Mark Welles said: “The joint taskforce consisting of members from Navis, ZPMC, Microsoft China, and Moffatt Nichol has the potential to further extend Navis’ footprint and involvement in a majority of the world’s automated projects, including sites that are just getting started, as well as those like QQCTN on the cutting edge of terminal innovation.

“While much has been achieved to date, our experience tells us that the collective industry as a whole still faces challenges ahead in order to achieve the full potential offered by automation.”

The newly formed taskforce will be able to offer integrated solutions based on various Navis’ solutions and services, including the N4 terminal system and XVELA cloud-based collaboration platform for terminal operators and ocean carriers.

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It will also benefit from various ZPMC solutions relating to planning, simulation, equipment, logistics, warehousing, software, system commissioning, operation and maintenance.

Microsoft China is currently helping ZPMC provide intelligent solutions for port customers via the provision of loud computing, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technologies.

The company is also incorporating Navis and Moffatt & Nichol’s solutions and services, as well as helping ZPMC to transition into a digital port service provider.