Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), located in Riga, Latvia, has gone live with Navis’s N4 version 3.1 terminal operating system (TOS).
The terminal, which is part of the Malta-based Mariner Group, chose to upgrade from the existing Navis Sparcs TOS to N4 in March 2015.
According to Dimity Kiselyev, BCT IT manager and board member, the integration capabilities of N4 was one of the biggest selling points for the switchover.
BCT was utilising automation technologies with Sparcs but was running into challenges with expanding automated functionality further. Now, it is hoped that N4 will allow BCT to integrate more solutions such as its pre-booking system.
Kiselyev said: “The implementation of N4 is part of a larger project for BCT to utilise the most innovative hardware and software available for terminals.”
“We are making a big push to have the highest level of automation hardware, and N4 will enable the customisation options we need to support our automation initiatives,” he added.
The open N4 platform allows both the terminal operator and terminal customers to view the data and logistics surrounding their cargo moving through the port. BCT also found that linking N4 3.1 to container weighing systems simplifies the process for compliance to SOLAS regulations according to a statement from Navis.
Guenter Schmidmeir, Navis vice president and general manager for the EMEA region, stated that he thought that BCT could become “one of the most advanced terminals in Europe”.
BCT is the first terminal in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to implement the latest version of the terminal operating system and the second in the world.
The facility serves as a gateway of trade between Russia and Belarus and the rest of Europe, handling 281,000 teu annually.