New container terminal goes live

The automation of certain processes will improve various operational aspects of the new container terminal.

20 October 2020 | Infrastructure

Walvis Bay's new container terminal went online on 24 August, with RDO Favour being the first container vessel to dock at berth 11.

The port's regular cargo handling operations ceased between 17 and 23 August to move 1 131 containers and ­ground-handling equipment from the old container terminal to the new facility.

To further improve efficiencies at the Port of Walvis Bay, the Namibian Port Authority (Nam­port) has also upgraded its operating systems by introducing Navis N4 technology.

Namport ICT executive Victor Ashikoto said that automation and in­vestment in management and security systems are crucial to ensure that cargo is handled as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

He explained that Navis provides operational technologies that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world's leading terminal operators.

“N4 optimisation solutions help terminal operators automate decision-making and ele­vate productivity across a range of critical operational and business processes. This technology takes a holistic approach to streamlining operations to ensure that land, labour and equipment are used in the most productive fashion.”

Ashikoto said the main areas where the techno­logy is being utilised include the container landing, yard management and security systems.

“Automation of the container landing function will, amongst many other purposes, assist with sway and load control. Smart Stack, the yard management functionality, is a container position recording system which ensures yard accuracy through real time automated inventory reporting and management. It is designed to eliminate container placement errors and increase the utilisation of yard space to handle growth.”

The Enterprise Security System features video analytics, which enhance the port surveillance aspect.

“Smart cameras have been employed to enhance port security and will record when there is activity. Automated access control has also been implemented to protect people, property and assets. These new security features add another layer of security to an already secure port.”

Ashikoto said all operations are controlled from a command centre.

“The idea is to have a centralised facility with access to real-time information to enable the immediate resolution of operational issues.”

Management of the bulk and breakbulk operations in the former container terminal have already been modernized. The Logstar General Cargo management system, which provides planning and real-time management functionality, was introduced at the old container terminal in January this year.

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