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Joint taskforce to explore terminal automation technologies

Navis, part of Cargotec Corporation, has partnered with Microsoft China, terminal equipment manufacturer ZPMC and infrastructure advisory firm Moffatt & Nichol to form a joint taskforce on automation systems for container terminals.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Navis says that the group aims to deliver a single, integrated system for future terminal automation projects, as well as developing methods to optimise and automate existing terminal infrastructures and systems.

The exploratory taskforce members will each provide their own expertise to the project, including Navis’ maritime software experience via its N4 terminal system and XVELA Cloud-based collaboration platform, as well as Microsoft China’s work in IoT, AI and Big Data technologies.

“The joint taskforce consisting of members from Navis, ZPMC, Microsoft China and Moffatt Nichol has the potential to further extend Navis’ footprint and involvement in a majority of the world’s automated projects, including sites that are just getting started, as well as those like QQCTN on the cutting edge of terminal innovation,” said Mark Welles, VP and general manager, Asia Pacific, Navis.

“While much has been achieved to date, our experience tells us that the collective industry as a whole still faces challenges ahead in order to achieve the full potential offered by automation.”

“We are proud to join the team, standing united with other top leaders in the field to provide smart solutions for our customers, and at the same time, reinforce our commitment to PartnerShipping for Performance as a member of the greater ocean supply chain.”{/mprestriction}

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