Christchurch-based Jade Software capped off a successful 2014 with a seven terminal sale of its Master Terminal port management software to Abu Dhabi Ports Company, further enhancing the company's reputation in the Gulf region.
The sale ends a year of substantial multi-terminal deals in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including a record breaking third quarter, bringing the total number of new marine terminal wins in 2014 to 29.
Abu Dhabi Ports will use Master Terminal to manage all aspects of its general cargo operations, including bulk, break bulk, project and roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo.
“We are excited to have formed this new relationship with Abu Dhabi Ports and look forward to working closely with them to not only achieve their operational goals, but also to support their growth aspirations for the future," says David Lindsay, Managing Director, Jade Software.
The first two ports to be implemented are Zayed Port, located in the north-eastern area of Abu Dhabi city, and Khalifa Port, a deep water port midway between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Both of these ports play a key role in the import and export of goods in and around the United Arab Emirates (UAE), handling approximately 20 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
Gary Lemke, Executive Vice President Ports Unit, Abu Dhabi Ports says the port operator is committed to continual investment in order to stay competitive in the 21st century, and the partnership with Jade to replace their existing software will play a key role in this.
“We selected Jade after a comprehensive technical and commercial evaluation process," he says.
"Master Terminal was the best overall product and we look forward to a successful project.
"Jade also brings a wealth of experience in general cargo terminals and this knowledge is crucial to us as we transform our business to be the leading general cargo port operator in the region.”
Lindsay says the company's latest success further emphasises its commitment to the UAE region and to building long term relationships with its customers.
"It also cements Jade’s position as the fastest growing terminal operating system (TOS) provider in the mixed cargo market," he adds.
Master Terminal will replace ADPC’s legacy general cargo system with implementation of both the Zayed and Khalifa Ports commencing in early 2015.