OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and provider of operational technologies that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading terminal operators, today announced that ACT Burgas, the container department of BMF Port Burgas EAD, has successfully gone live on the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS).
ACT Burgas operates in one of only two major Bulgarian ports in the Black Sea, and serves as an important East-West transport corridor for trade into the rest of the country. Its decision to modernize port operations and implement N4 comes alongside significant investment in new port infrastructure, equipment (including mobile harbour cranes, reachstackers and terminal tractors) and a reorganized internal operating structure. Facing expected container growth of up to 10 percent over the next five years, the terminal recognized that its locally developed TOS would not be able to manage operations effectively over time. In addition, ACT Burgas sought to reduce or eliminate paper-based documentation exchange with its customers and convert to digital processes wherever possible.
“With the implementation of N4, our terminal achieved a major milestone on our way to becoming a twenty-first century container terminal, operating to worldwide industry standards. Together with the investments we have made in the yard and handling equipment in recent months, this constitutes a significant step forward, but not the end, of our modernization plan. The new operating platform provided by Navis opens a range of new opportunities for all port stakeholders and will help us to become the main gateway terminal for Bulgaria, and perhaps, a transshipment terminal for the Black Sea region,” said Capt. Jan Nowak, Director of ACT Burgas.
N4 provides ACT Burgas with a proven platform for the management of its container operations, as well as supports the implementation of standard processes and EDI at the terminal. The Navis TOS will also be instrumental for Burgas to achieve its desired levels of efficiency and operational productivity. With N4, ACT Burgas hopes to increase its productivity from 11 to 18 moves per hour per crane, and from 22 to 36 moves per hour per vessel, respectively.
“Today, there is significant pressure on terminals to optimize their operations, by servicing larger ships faster than ever before, and at the same time meet demanding customer expectations. Forward-looking terminals like ACT Burgas recognize that part of that solution requires adopting industry-leading technologies like N4 to help deliver new efficiencies, visibility and cost-savings at the terminal and among global trading partners,” said Guenter Schmidmeir, General Manager of the EMEA region for Navis. “We’re delighted to partner with ACT Burgas and are confident that our TOS will be instrumental in both modernizing their terminal operations and help to position ACT Burgas as a premier destination for containerized cargo in the Black Sea.”
About Navis, LLC
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, is the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, standing the test of time. Navis combines industry best practices with innovative technology and world-class services to enable our customers to maximize performance and reduce risk. Whether tracking cargo through a port, automating equipment operations, or managing multiple terminals through an integrated, centralized solution, Navis provides a holistic approach to operational optimization, providing customers with improved visibility, velocity and measurable business results. www.navis.com
About Cargotec Corporation
Cargotec shapes the cargo handling industry for the benefit of its customers and shareholders. Cargotec's business areas MacGregor, Kalmar and Hiab are recognised leaders in cargo and load handling solutions around the world. Their global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure a continuous, reliable and sustainable performance according to customers’ needs. Cargotec's sales totalled approximately EUR 3.4 billion in 2014 and it employs approximately 11,000 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd under symbol CGCBV. www.cargotec.com
About BMF Port Burgas EAD
BMF Port Burgas EAD, a part of Advance Properties Group, is concessionaire and port operator of terminals Burgas East 2 and Burgas West – part of the port of Burgas, Bulgaria. With and area of over 106 ha and 16 deep water berths with total length of approximately 2.7 km, the port of Burgas is one of the largest and deepest ports in the Black Sea region. In order to transform both terminals into modern, multipurpose terminals for handling and storage of different types of cargo: general, bulk, liquid cargo and containers, BMF Port Burgas invested over EUR 34.6 million in the last 3 years and for this period managed to increase cargo volumes by more than 50%. www.navbul-portburgas.com