Transnet Port Terminals set to upgrade its terminal operating technology

CFO Sharla Chetty says the new upgrade will maximise the potential of their operations.

On 15 May, starting at 6am, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will temporarily shut down its operations at the country’s eight port terminals. This is in order to upgrade its operating technology, in a move to improve its efficiencies.

This maintenance practice occurs every two years, where both the company and its customers plan in advance for the 24-hour shutdown to upgrade the Navis SPARCS N4 container terminal operating system.

“We have been using Navis SPARCS N4 in our container terminal operations for a period of 14 years, maximising the potential and benefits the software offers to afford great value to our customers. This newer version offers nothing less,” said TPT CFO Sharla Chetty.

She explained that the software upgrade to version 3.7 will set the new architectural foundation for added enhanced features and capabilities that Navis has to offer. The new update will also bring in apps such as the Truck booking application and real-time operations insights, together with other optimised features such as Berth and Equipment Optimisation.

“We have contingency plans in place in the event of any unforeseen delays,” Sharla said. “However, the set of skills and experience that our ICT team possesses is very encouraging.” She added that the ICT team will be remotely supported by an experienced team of Navis engineers from around the world.

“During the cut-over and support period both teams will ensure timeous resolution should any issues be experienced. The teams have collaboratively rehearsed the upgrade on multiple occasions, adopting a remote working approach, the results of which have been successful,” Sharla concluded.