TBA was involved in all phases of development of the terminal, from its layout and conceptual design, via the detailed specifications, to the testing and tuning of its operating systems. The company’s CONTROLS software supported the implementation and optimisation of the facility’s Navis SPARCS terminal operating system (TOS). CONTROLS, which provides emulation capabilities that allow for realistic, extensive testing of the TOS of a new or existing terminal, enabled the TOS to be deployed on time and able to deliver on the required performance levels.
During the project TBA partnered with Navis, the global leader in enterprise software solutions, and Gottwald, the German provider of port technology services. It will continue to apply fitness checks on the system on an ongoing basis and will adjust the TOS when new operational challenges arise.
The APM Portsmouth terminal has been in operation since September 2007 and is already showing an unprecedented combination of operational efficiency and terminal automation. It is currently has a capacity of 1m teu, and plans have been made to potentially double this.
Rich Ceci, IT director for AMP Terminals North America, said: “During the software implementation phase, TBA’s tools enabled advanced and complex testing. This allowed the terminal to reach a live date, while operating at high performance levels, at least six months sooner than would have been possible without using CONTROLS.”