The Halifax Port Authority has awarded Saab a contract to supply a Port Management Information System (PMIS). The system will streamline port operations, allowing port departments, 80 service providers, customers and other members of the port community to further improve their collaboration.
The Port of Halifax is a full-service, deep water port on the eastern seaboard of Canada and the only east coast Canadian port that can receive Ultra Class Container Vessels carrying over 10,000 TEU’s. The Port is of great economic significance to Canada, connecting Halifax to 150 countries.
“The contract for the Port of Halifax further strengthens our position in the port management market, not only in North America, but worldwide,” said Tomas Hjelmberg, head of Saab's Maritime Traffic Management Department. “The Port has a grand technology innovation plan and we are proud to have been chosen as their visionary partner. Our cooperation with the Port will significantly boost our product innovation.”
The PMIS automates the planning and execution of a wide variety of port operations, from everything related to vessel visits such as resources and services, to complex multi-dimensional client contracts. An important aspect is the resulting accurate billing of services rendered.
“We are a data driven port. We expect the PMIS to be the single source of information that will transform our business. It will make operations transparent to all members in the port community in real time. It will also make it much easier to measure performance,” said Captain Allan Gray, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. “We decided to work with Saab because of their track record. They have the best mix of functionality, cost and proven results in the market.”
The PMIS will be delivered by Saab’s Port Management in Vancouver, along with a multi-year support contract and is scheduled for completion in Q4 of 2021.
OneOcean has opened up a new office in Tokyo, Japan to capitalise on growing demand for its products. The new base in central Tokyo will enable OneOcean to provide more dedicated support to its local clients as the company continues to expand its operational capacity.
It will further assist the Japanese shipping industry’s move to digitalisation with its comprehensive range of navigation and compliance products. Almost 20,000 vessels worldwide currently use OneOcean’s services to aid regulatory and passage planning activities.
Martin Taylor, chief executive officer of OneOcean, said: “We are excited to be opening this new Tokyo office to provide a dedicated service for local customers. Japan is already a major market for us and we see excellent scope for further expansion in this region which has always been enthusiastic about embracing the change to digitalisation.”
He continued: “We have seen a growing demand, specifically in this region for our digital products, especially OneOcean’s Regs4Ships and EnviroManager to help fulfil MARPOL requirements.”
Leading OneOcean’s Tokyo office as general manager is Takashi Nakagawa, who has been managing the company’s operations in the country in recent years. Mr Nakagawa has over 20 years’ experience in the maritime industry, bringing exceptional industry knowledge and expertise, having helped vessels transfer from paper to digital navigation from the technology’s inception.
Speaking about the new office, Mr Nakagawa said: “I believe the Japanese market is ripe for expansion and OneOcean’s increasing investment recognises that opportunity. Through the use of OneOcean’s exceptional Total Voyage solutions, I look forward to further aiding the industry’s adoption of digital systems.”
NAPA has joined Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL) FOCUS project for enhancing the collection and application of ship operation data.
Chevron Marine has launched a suite of digital solutions to support shipping’s journey into a more efficient future.
Marlink has upgraded its Xchange communications management system, enabling customers with the solution to access firmware version 5.1 as well as XChange Cloud Premium, a new service tier designed to accommodate the exponential increase in data sharing for optimising operations across a fleet.
Canadian operator of dry bulk vessels Norvic Shipping has completed migration from Veson Nautical’s IMOSlive system to the cloud-based Veslink IMOS Platform (VIP).
Maersk has launched a new online product to provide customers with a cargo loading guarantee at a fixed price upfront.
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