Davao International Container Terminal's (DICT) container terminal in the south-eastern part of Philippines has gone live with the N4 terminal system from Navis.

DICT collaborated with Navis to install the N4 terminal system in 2013 with the aim of improving operational efficiency.

Implementation of the system will also enable DICT to provide better export and import services, as well as increase the predictability of the arrival and departure of containerships holding time-sensitive cargo.

Davao International Container Terminal vice-president Bonifacio Licayan said: “As a relative newcomer to the container terminal business, we needed to make sure we had the best technology in place to help us compete with other, more seasoned operators.

“Navis' supportive Professional Services team trained our staff to get up and running on N4 and our knowledge, combined with the dependability of the software, has allowed us to focus our efforts on other aspects of the terminal’s operations and quickly resolve any operational problems that occur.

“With this system in place, we are now considered the most modern terminal in the Philippines and we look forward to expanding our foothold in the region through future investments like this latest upgrade of Navis N4.”

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"With the N4 system in place, we are now considered the most modern terminal in the Philippines and we look forward to expanding our foothold in the region."

The company currently handles around 260,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo annually and is looking to expand its capacity even further.

Navis Japan and Asia Pacific VP Mark Welles said: “As ports throughout Asia become increasingly congested and more expensive due to tariff increases, international shipping lines are looking to DICT as a key trans-shipment hub.

“Within its second year of operation, DICT was already feeling the demand for increased capacity and as a result, constructed and finished its second container terminal berth last year.”

Cornelder de Moçambique’s (CdM) terminal in Port of Beira, Mozambique, also went live with Navis N4 terminal system earlier this month.