Milaha , previously known as Qatar Navigation, has begun the implementation of a new terminal operating system (TOS) at Doha Port.

Doha Port currently uses a paper-based system to manage around 400,000teu container movements per year and is installing the new TOS system to improve productivity and efficiency at the port.

Milaha vice president of port services Alan Middleton was quoted by as saying that the company chose JADE ‘s JMT software because it provides reliable and innovative solutions to world class terminals.

"Qatar’s rapid development and the resulting growth of the Qatari shipping market, require this expertise," Middleton said.

"The easy configuration and scalability of JMT supports our efforts to increase efficiencies, optimise processes and manage costs as we bring Doha Port operations to the best worldwide standards."

The new TOS, which is slated to go live in the second quarter of this year, will allow Doha Port to support increasing container and general cargo volumes, and meet international standards for terminal operations.

Milaha project implementation manager Tamer Kosber said with a QAR19m investment in TOS, Doha Port performance will be better, operations will run more smoothly and efficiently, so that the company can offer its customers better service.

With the assistance of Aruba, the company has also implemented a Wi-Fi system at the port, noting the inherent difficulties of implementing wireless technology in ports, due to radio frequency challenges.

"We were familiar with Aruba’s expertise in wireless implementations at a number of different terminals," Kosber said.

The company said that each straddle carrier is equipped with an LXE half-screen vehicle-mounted computer, which displays the container to be taken from the truck or ship and where the container has to be placed.

Milaha took over operations and management duties of the Doha Port from Qatar Ports Management Company (QPMC) In February last year.