Navis N4 Terminal operating system goes live at Port of Liverpool

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JULY 14, 2015: Peel Ports owners and operators of the Port of Liverpool, has achieved a major milestone in its multi-million investment programme to transform the port into Europe’s first semi-automated container terminal. The Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) and AutoGates are now live and fully operational following the construction and commissioning programmes.

The new TOS and 10-lane AutoGates are the latest phase of new infrastructure in the company’s £300 million redevelopment project to expand and develop Liverpool2, consolidating its position as the UK’s largest transatlantic deep-sea port and container terminal. The £9.7 million information systems investment platform, which has been undergoing rigorous testing in recent weeks, will deliver faster turnaround times through a streamlined process from landside or quayside entry to exit.

The fully automated AutoGate system uses state-of-the-art identification technologies to manage gate operations, ensuring that all containers and trucks are automatically identified before entering or exiting the terminal. Advanced OCR (optical character recognition) and line-scan camera technology (automatically detecting seal presence) link with gate operating software that seamlessly integrates to Peel Port’s existing terminal operating software, Navis N4, and Customer Access Portal (CAP). The security process is further completed using biometric fingerprint identification to further validate driver/load identification and enhance security.

David Huck, Port Director, said, “The introduction of AutoGates and the new Navis N4 TOS is a very important step for us in making a difference to our customers, enhancing their experience using the port. We took the bold move to combine both initiatives into a single project to minimise any disruption to normal operations for our customers and to provide the overall benefits sooner.  Although this decision came with added risks, we have managed to deliver this significant upgrade to our capabilities, thanks to the planning and hard work of the whole team over many months.”

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