The ACT Burgas container terminal in Bulgaria’s Black Sea Port Burgas, has successfully gone live with the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS).
ACT Burgas operates in one of only two major Bulgarian ports in the Black Sea, and serves as an important East-West transport corridor for trade into the rest of the country. Its decision to modernise port operations and implement N4 comes alongside significant investment in new port infrastructure, equipment (including mobile harbour cranes, reachstackers and terminal tractors) and a reorganised internal operating structure.
Facing expected container growth of up to 10% over the next five years, the terminal recognised that its locally developed TOS would not be able to manage operations effectively over time. In addition, ACT Burgas sought to reduce or eliminate paper-based documentation exchange with its customers and convert to digital processes wherever possible.
“With the implementation of N4, our terminal achieved a major milestone on our way to becoming a twenty-first century container terminal, operating to worldwide industry standards. Together with the investments we have made in the yard and handling equipment in recent months, this constitutes a significant step forward, but not the end, of our modernisation plan. The new Navis operating platform [will] help us to become the main gateway terminal for Bulgaria, and perhaps, a transhipment terminal for the Black Sea region,” said Capt. Jan Nowak, director of ACT Burgas.
With N4, ACT Burgas hopes to increase its productivity from 11 to 18 moves per hour per crane, and from 22 to 36 moves per hour per vessel, respectively.