Ports of Auckland has won approval to scope one of its largest ever IT initiatives, the introduction of a new, state-of-the-art terminal management system.
"It is obviously a very big deal and one that will touch most parts of the business," group manager of information technology Pieter Bakker says in a statement released today.
"We see it as a key enabler for customer service and capacity improvements as well as a catalyst for a step-change in productivity. It’s also an opportunity to rationalise our multiple existing applications into a single, best-practice solution."
Bakker says the company's existing PIMS, PACTS and SPARCS systems have served well but technology has moved on.
The Port has selected Total Soft Bank (TSB) to help it develop the final business case.
"The next step involves the development of a process blueprint covering all aspects of container terminal operations, container freight station (packing), billing and e-commerce services. In future phases we will also be looking at the implementation of conventional cargo and marine services modules," Bakker says.
Bakker says a gap analysis and detailed plan would be jointly developed with TSB after the blueprint is completed. An updated business case will then be presented for final approval.
"We hope to make a final decision within six months," he says.
If the project is approved, Ports of Auckland will be the first Southern Hemisphere port to roll out TSB’s CATOS (Computer Automated Terminal Operating System). CATOS has been deployed in more than 70 ports across America, Asia and Europe.