The Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) has been activated at Virginia International Gateway’s (VIG) facility at the port of Virginia in the US, replacing the existing system.

The TOS is expected to allow Virginia Port Authority (VPA), which leases VIG, to efficiently coordinate its operations, analyse the data as well as improve efficiency and cargo volumes.

The first of 13 new container stacks at VIG is also set to be brought online this week in order to expand the terminal’s capacity by 20%.

VPA CEO and executive director John Reinhart said: “Our barge, rail and truck volumes are growing, the vessels calling Virginia are getting bigger, and we are driving to dredge to 55ft to attract even bigger vessels.

“All of this dictates that we have the technology to manage this growth, more capacity and a team that is well-prepared.”

The newly launched N4 system also supports the Trucker Reservation System, which was implemented at VPA’s Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) in March this year.

“This is an important step forward in the progression of the VIG expansion and the modernisation of the Port of Virginia.”

NIT has been using the N4TOS since 2014.

Reinhart further added: “This is an important step forward in the progression of the VIG expansion and the modernisation of the Port of Virginia.

“The importance is three-fold: this new stack increases capacity in the container yard, we can begin to monetise our investment, and the new terminal operating system will drive efficiency, data collection and sharing, analysis and forecasting across the operation.”

Upon completion of the $320m expansion at VIG, the terminal will be equipped with 26 new rail-mounted gantry cranes, four additional ship-to-shore cranes, 850 linear feet of new berth space, a rail operation and four more lanes at the truck gate.

Scheduled to be completed next year, the expansion will enable VIG to process 1.2 million containers annually.