Port Otago rolls out multi-terminal container operating system

The Jade Master Terminal solution allows operators to create any number of separate cargo terminals that run on the same database

Port Otago, a key port on the South Island, is rolling out a multi-terminal container operating system using the Jade Master Terminal (JMT) container management software solution, Jade Logistics announces today. The system is believed to be one of the first of its kind, says Jade.

The port will extend the current system to encompass its South Freight inland container depot facility, located 11 kilometres away. Port Otago has been using JMT to manage operations at its main container terminal for over 10 years.

The JMT multi-terminal solution allows terminal operators to create any number of completely separate cargo terminals that run on the same database. This gives a holistic view of the port’s activities across all terminals.

By using one solution and one database which is accessed over the internet via the Jade Smart Thin Client technology, total cost of ownership is kept to a minimum and IT costs relating to system maintenance and upgrades are reduced, says Dave Quennell, Programme Manager of Jade Logistics.

At Port Otago, the IT function is outsourced to a third party contractor.

“It made absolute sense for Port Otago to extend the system to include its South Freight inland depot,” says Geoff Plunket, CEO of Port Otago. “The JMT solution is really flexible, allowing us to quickly adapt our operations to better serve customer requirements.”

By using JMT, Port Otago can now offer access to its system via the internet so that customers can track the progress of their containers. The Port is also able to reduce duplication of input and manual errors, as well as streamline and automate certain procedures. The new system integrates with other software including the port’s invoicing system.

As ports deal with increased volumes of cargo, it is becoming more common for them to open inland receiving and delivery terminals. Port Otago’s South Freight operation handles a steadily increasing volume of empty containers and provides a full range of services including warehousing, container packing and unpacking and transport services from its own fleet of trucks.

Port Otago aims to have the JMT solution up and running at its South Freight terminal within the next two months.

Tauranga-based Toll Owens is another JMT multi-terminal system customer. Toll Owens operates its entire log marshalling operation on JMT, spanning 11 terminals and servicing the majority of log exports throughout the country since 2003.

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