SLPA Upgrades its Terminal Management System

The  Navis Sparcs / Express version 3.7 Terminal Management System (TMS) in use at Jaya Container Terminal ( JCT) and East Container Terminal (ECT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has been upgraded to N4 in order to compete with National and International competitors to stay in line with the latest developments in the Ports industry.

The upgrade has been a necessity as the new modified inclusions in these TMSs are being used in other Operating Terminals worldwide and hence, there was a dire need in having a compatible operating system in SLPA in order to provide a world class service.

The establishment of N-4 software at the JCT and ECT of SLPA will further enable efficient yard and ship planning and gate control that would elevate the SLPA’s operational productivity. The Position Detection System (PDS) and the Yard Automation that can be enacted with the N-4 software will also be introduced at the JCT and ECT in near future. Hence, this system will accurately locate all TEUs being operated at the terminal.

This new TMS N4, would enhance the capabilities of interactions between the Cargo Management System (CMS) improving the efficiency in clearing and export of local cargo facilitating the shippers and exporters through Community Access Portal (CAP).

The Prime Route option in N4 version will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of all operational equipment being operated under the system. It will also increase the productivity levels of the Prime Movers operated between quay and yard operations of the terminal. The process directly affects the entire productivity of the terminal.

Expressing views of the latest upgrade, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) General Daya Ratnayake says that the establishment of the latest N4  system at the JCT and ECT  is a greater achievement especially in view of extending an efficient, effective, speedier and productive service to all domestic and international clients at  SLPA.  He also thanked all staffs of the Operations, Information Systems and Electrical & Electronics Engineering and other divisions who immensely assisted to make the N4 implementation a success with a least difficulty on our stake holders with a recorded minimum duration for the transmigration compared to the same with other ports in the regions.

SLPA employees who worked to establish the N4 software system at the JCT and ECT of SLPA. Seated from left: SLPA’s Mr. W.S.P.Perera – Senior Manager (Container Operations), Ms.Lalindra Hewagajaman – Deputy Chief Manager (Information Systems), Mr.R.A.Rupasinghe – Chief Engineer (Electrical and Electronic Actg.), Mr.Lal Weerasinghe – Director (Operations), Mr.C.J.Weerawickrama – Chief Manager (Container Operations), Mr.L.S.P.Chandana – Deputy Chief Manager (Container Operations), Mr.Roshan Rathnayake – Engineer (Electrical). Others in the pic; include Executive Engineering staffs of Operations Division, Information Systems Division & Electrical Engineering Division who assisted to make the project a success.

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