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Published: 20 April 2017      

PNCT sets a record with N4

Navis and Port Newark Container Terminal pass a big test after implementing the N4 TOS.

Navis and PNCT has announced an important success at the Port of New York New Jersey. After converting to the Navis N4 TOS in early January, PNCT successfully handled record container volumes without disruption to its customers.

PNCT joins other NY/NJ terminal operators Maher Terminals and Global Bayonne in converting to N4. Maher Terminals had well publicized difficulties implementing N4 that shook the confidence of other large terminals using Navis’ legacy TOS, SPARCS, and delayed some plans to convert to N4. Successfully converting PNCT is, therefore, an important milestone for Navis.

PNCT’s migration to N4 is part of a $500M project to nearly double its capacity to 2.3M TEU by 2019 and be ready to handle much larger ships when the raising of the Bayonne Bridge is complete. 

“The implementation of N4 provides us the foundation and platform that will allow PNCT to expand our data and service offerings to not only benefit carriers, but other critical stakeholders such as shippers/forwarders by providing tailored solutions that meet the needs of today’s supply chain,” said Chris Garbarino, VP of Operations, PNCT.

According to Navis, the implementation and go-live went well: “As part of the implementation, PNCT worked in close partnership with Navis to ensure a seamless upgrade to N4 with no disruption to its active operations or customers. Coordination between its operations and IT groups, significant and thorough early testing and configuration, as well as live testing integrating various technologies and vendors with N4 resulted in not only a successful upgrade, but also enabled the terminal to rapidly optimize its operations following the January 2017 go-live”.
There were reports of truck congestion outside PNCT in late January, but these were attributed to bad weather that caused vessels to bunch off schedule. As far as is known, none of the reports or advisories issued at the time even mentioned a new TOS implementation. 

PNCT said N4 performed well early after implementation. “We experienced significant volume surges in Q1 2017 requiring the system to perform optimally in an exceptionally small period of time,” Garbarino continued. “The enhanced N4 system enabled PNCT’s terminal operations to deliver weekly records for vessel lifts and rail lifts during and in the two-to-three weeks immediately following the go-live period.”

“While many container terminals around the world are actively preparing for greater container volumes over time, for PNCT, this surge is very real as it prepares to double its capacity in just a few short years. Its decision to not only upgrade to N4 now, but also invest in other industry-leading terminal solutions and equipment, signals its commitment to modernizing its infrastructure, enhancing operations and delivering the best service experience possible for its customers,” said Chuck Schneider, Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, for Navis, LLC. “The go-live success and early milestones are incredible achievements, and we look forward to further partnering with PNCT to ensure it achieves long-term optimized terminal performance.”

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