The systems will automate strategic port management operations at the North East England deep-sea port, which, in 2012, handled a record 6.5m tonnes of cargo across its five business areas; these include conventional and bulk cargoes, car terminals, cruise and ferry and estates.
As part of a £1m (US$1.5m) project designed to implement a new container management system, the TOS will link to a number of existing IT systems including Sage, Destin8 and DBIS. The implementation comprises the Autostore container terminal management system (CTMS) and resource management system (RMS), plus a range of modules that include vessel planning, EDI, vehicle booking, activity charging and value added functionality for container service, maintenance and repair.
Ian Blake, Port of Tyne’s head of IT, said: “Enhancing the port’s IT infrastructure is part of our overall business strategy to keep pace with new technology”.
Central Systems & Automation’s commercial director, Andrew McKaig, said that in a tough market for TOS solutions, this new business continued the momentum that has seen the Autostore system specified by port operators throughout Europe, the Baltic and Scandinavia.