The DP World-operated South Container Terminal (SCT) at Jeddah Islamic Port has upgraded its Navis terminal operating system (TOS) from SPARCS to N4 3.5.
The operator said it upgraded the software to meet customer service demands and increase operational support inline with rising cargo volumes.
SCT handles around 1.3m teu a year and said N4 was implemented “to ensure an advanced and stable system is in place to help address the full spectrum of customer needs.”
DP World’ 20-year concession for SCT expires in 2019 but last year the operator said it remains committed to develop Jeddah, and would use “innovative technological solutions” to make it a semi-automated facility.
Speaking on a panel discussion in October, 2017, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said: “As the first major investor in Jeddah port for almost 20 years now, we are committed to supporting the Kingdom’s effort to leverage its resources and investment capabilities through the development of Jeddah port.
“Our proposals are designed at boosting efficiency by enabling local businesses, opening new avenues for growth while supporting the government in achieving the Saudi Vision 2030.”
Saudi Vision 2030 is a government initiative aimed at enhancing the country’s economy and improving the lives of citizens.
Jeddah sits on the Red Sea and is Saudi Arabia’s second largest port after Jebel Ali, handling 59% of the country’s imports by sea.