Sogester S.A. – a joint venture between APM Terminals (APMT) and GF Sociedade Gestore de Terminais, SA – has chosen Solvo’s Terminal Operating System (TOS) to modernise four container and general cargo terminals in Angola.
The system, Solvo.TOS, will manage all operations at Sogester’s two seafront terminals, Luanda and Namibe, as well as its two inland terminals Panguila and Viana.
Frans Jol, Sogester’s managing director, said: “This system will be connected to our new financial system (IFS-10) and it will allow us to have much better operational data available, vessel and yard planning, automated EDI and other communications with our clients and the shipping lines.”
Namibe kicked off the Solvo.TOS implementation project in March 2019 and full system implementation across all terminals is expected to be completed by 2020.
The basic modules to be installed include vessel, yard, rail, gate management, EDI, KPI, resource planning and equipment control.
Additional modules include automated gatekeeper’s workstation, vessel planner’s GUI, empty container depot management and a mobile harbour crane operator’s GUI.
The new TOS will also enable Sogester to enhance its facilities through data and voice communication, CCTV and a container monitoring system produced by RTE to offer clients real-time information about the state of their containers.
The aim of the final system is to provide all four terminals with the easiest most effective tools to control all terminal operations, including sea, road, rail and inland supported by a single database.
Angola has a growing economy that, as of 2017, has a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of roughly 124bn and the government wishes to leverage this rapid growth and reduce the country’s dependence on oil exports.
A key strategy of the government is to improve the country’s infrastructure, including roads, rail and seaports as well as connections between major cities in neighbouring countries such as Congo and Zambia.