Earlier this year, Cornelder de Mozambique in Beira and the brand-new MSC Terminal in Valencia (Spain) started up successfully. In addition, when the South African Ports Organisation (SAPO) turned a former multipurpose terminal into a container facility in the Port of Cape Town, it decided to equip it with the Cosmos Application Suite.
At MIP Mersin in Turkey, a project is currently being implemented, as are the ones at Gulftainer in Sharjah via a distributor and The Finnsteve terminal in Oslo, Norway. In the next few weeks two other projects will also be completed at Portonave in Navegantes, Brazil, and VTE in Genoa, Italy.
Cosmos is also pleased to announce the availability of the latest version of SHIPS 7.0 – its vessel planning programme which is the newest version of the Cosmos Vessel Planning System. As Nico Berx, executive sales manager of Cosmos explains, “This version is the next step in delivering high performance and enterprise features that have been under development for the last several months”.
Major highlights of the enhanced version include more flexible and customisable planning procedures such as semi-automatic partial planning, depending upon the number of user-definable planning parameters and algorithms. This partial planning combines the swiftness and ease of automatic planning with the flexibility of manual planning, granting a faster planning process in which client intervention is allowable whenever necessary.
SHIPS 7.0 can also be operated as an independent stand-alone product as well as providing the ability possibility to handle larger vessels (of up to five sections) with up to 29 container rows and 15 layers (per deck).
“We have also added a number of convenient features speeding up the overall planning process that free up precious time including the extra validation of stack weight, improved shifter calculation, the detection of re-stow conflicts and shifting between manual and automatic sequencing per work queue”, said Berx.
“With the six new installations, the fact that negotiations with other customers are ongoing and the availability SHIPS 7.0, 2007 looks set to become another successful business year for Cosmos”, Berx concluded.