China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) has signed an agreement with Thessaloniki Port Authority (ThPA) to implement the Chinese company’s terminal operating system (TOS) at the Greek port.
According to the agreement, ThPA will be the first European port to install CM Chip – a terminal management system featuring a TOS developed by the operator’s subsidiary China Merchants Holdings (International) Information Technology (CMHIT).
The implementation is designed to act as a demonstration and promotion window for the TOS project and related IT solutions to enter the European market.
CMPort will look to take advantage of its influence and port network to enhance ThPA and promote the port to become an important node for goods entering and leaving Europe.
A statement from the Greek port noted that the collaboration is a “great opportunity for the companies to have a win-win cooperation,” resulting in both European and Chinese markets opening.
Franco Nicola Cupolo, managing director and CEO of ThPA, pointed out: “ThPA is implementing an extended investment plan and the crucial point of these investments is the expansion of the container terminal, allowing to serve main liner container services and accommodate Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) of 24,000 teu capacity.
“We believe, the implementation of the TOS will provide additional value to our shareholders, investments and support significantly the transformation of container terminal to international standards.”
Bai Jingtao, managing director of CMPort, said: “The Port of Thessaloniki is the largest comprehensive port in the Aegean Basin and the second largest container port in Greece.
“It has a long history, outstanding location and shipping advantages. It is not only the main import and export gateway in northern Greece, but also an important channel and logistics hub linking Europe and Asia.”
He added: “Moreover in light of the global port network of CMPort, it brings to industry stakeholders a mature ecology of systems.
“We believe that this successful cooperation is not limited to a system marching overseas in Europe, but also a promotion of the two parties in the port areas of Europe and Asia, which can be recognised as another success and practice of the Belt and Road Initiative.”
Thanos Liagkos, executive chairman of the board of directors of ThPA, said that the agreement “marks a major step forward for Thessaloniki Port Authority because this cooperation fully supports us achieving the promise of developing innovative strategies and sustainable operations, it will benefit the Greek economy and the supply chain in southeastern Europe.”
CM Chip is a core part of the smart information service platform developed by CMPort, added Jingtao. This comprises of container and bulk cargo TOS systems, as well as park management and billing systems.
The TOS adopts a modular structure, with basic functions including a planning and control system (PACS), document information system (DIS), along wit the capacity to add smart port intelligent modules.
Some of the modules available are automated gate, yard crane remote control, automatic planning, automatic yard planning, tandem operations planning, trailer full-field scheduling and due cycle of loading and discharge.
Wang Pei, general manager of CMHIT, noted: “The TOS project in Thessaloniki will be an important milestone for CMHIT to enter the IT market of European port and logistics industry.
“Through close cooperation with the ThPA project team, our IT team will adopt the most advanced technology, implement the latest system, provide the most high-quality services, apply the best practices of container terminals to ThPA, make the CTOS project in ThPA into a demonstration and window for smart ports, and conduct long-term cooperation with ThPA in a wider market.”