Automation at the Port of Walvis Bay on track

Namport is in the process of rolling out a General Cargo Terminal Operating System.

27 April 2021 | Infrastructure

Richard Mutonga Ibwima; Namport; “ . . . provide optimal yard turn-around time.”

Namport initiated external stakeholder engagements, informing clients and stakeholders about the change from manual systems to semi-automation that began towards the end of March.

The LogStar Terminal Operating System, a state-of-the-art solution platform, is being implemented in four phases. The modules to be introduced in phases involve berth planning, RORO and cargo vessels (quayside, yard and gate ops), bulk and general cargo vessels and finally container vessels and the syncrolift.

LogStar is a customer-centric and technology-forward software provider to the ports and terminals industry. The company has successfully implemented its solutions, which result in increased operational efficiency, maximized productivity and the elimination of revenue leakages, at leading ports and terminals in over 22 countries.

The state-of-the-art solution platform combines industry best practices with innovative technologies and world-class services, transforming the way multi-purpose ports, terminals and multi-modal depots optimize their operational cargo flows, eliminate inefficient processes and boost business performance.



Enhancing ­operations

Shipping lines depend on a terminal's promised productivity. They need their vessels turned as quickly as possible to maintain schedules, maximize slow steaming to reduce costs, and to have vessel assets deployed as efficiently as possible.

According to Richard Mutonga Ibwima, Namport manager for terminals, this system will increase efficiency in managing cargo operations at the multi-purpose terminal, general cargo berths 1 - 8, as well as lead to the digitalization and streamlining the current manual processes and paperwork.

He added that Namport will also be introducing a CCTV system for the new container terminal section.

“This is a first for us and will help in terms of addressing various situational operational management issues that we cannot observe from our control and command centre at the moment. It will also aid on the spot decision-making and solutions.”

Ibwima said that a small part in terms of terminal automation will involve the introduction of an access control system for the access gates at the port and the introducing of various ways of managing the new container terminal gates.

“This will further speed-up time spent by our clients at these gates making sure we provide optimal yard turn-around time.”

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