Malta Freeport Terminals has implemented the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) as it seeks to strengthen its technological capabilities ahead of increasing its capacity to 4.5m teu.
The Mediterranean transhipment hub currently has an annual capacity of 3.8m teu with a gross crane productivity of 30 moves per hour.
The TOS was introduced during a 24 hour closing over the Santa Marija public holiday, one of five days per year when the Freeport is closed.
Jesmond Baldacchino, head of IT at Malta Freeport, said: “It was important for terminal staff not to be disrupted by this changeover.
“In fact, when they reported for work in the morning, they could carry on as usual, as even the screens on the container handling equipment they were using previously remained the same.”
Alex Montebello, CEO of Malta Freeport Terminals, stated: “Anywhere from 2,000 to 3,500 containers are typically loaded or unloaded when a mainliner berths at Malta Freeport, so getting this upgrade right and ensuring the vessel leaves as early as possible is absolutely essential for a major terminal like ours.”
The port was privatised in 2004 as part of a €250m (US$290m) investment programme.