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Published: 17 May 2017      

Gold for MGI and Marseille

Port ICT specialist MGI and Marseille Fos Port have won the Gold Prize for the best “Smart Port information systems project" at the IAPH conference.

Pictured accepting the award are (standing left to right): Santiago Mila, IAPH President and Deputy General Manager at the Port of Barcelona Authority, Justine Camoin, Sales representative at MGI and Vice-President, Europe, IAPH Women’s forum, Dominique Lebreton, Director for projects, audits and marketing at MGI, and Frédéric Dagnet, Director of Strategy & Audit Department at the Port of Marseille Fos Authority

The award was conferred by the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) at its 30th IAPH World Ports Conference in Indonesia this month. MGI and Marseille won the award for their “Smart Port 2.0” project using the complementary and interoperable information systems, Neptune Port and Ci5. The companies were chosen from 12 entries, and MGI was awarded the Gold Prize at a ceremony attended by 1,000 participants. 

Neptune Port is a “comprehensive synchronisation tool for all port logistics, an integrated system for smoothly managing the full range of port activities (cruises, ferries, Ro-Ro, containers, bulk freight, etc.) while taking into account the specific characteristics of Marseille or Fos ports,” MGI stated.

“The system allows the 700 or so players involved in shipping, working in 15 different sectors across the port, to perform their logistics operations in a synchronised manner. It also provides real-time information on the position of vessels, including barges, with their location and administrative and logistics details”.
Neptune Port interfaces with external systems such as VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Management Information System), Ci5 (Cargo Community System) and has a range of other communication interfaces for the private systems of port community professionals. It is also integrated with the European Port Single Window in full compliance with European Directive 2010/65 on paperless documentation.  

Ci5 (Cargo intelligence 5, where 5 stands for the five modes of transport and the five continents) is the new generation of Port Community System (PCS) developed to replace AP+. 

“Ci5 goes way beyond what Port and Cargo Community Systems were able to offer in the past” MGI claimed. “New technologies associated with developments such as Big Data, IoT, smart containers, artificial intelligence and machine learning have been used to develop brand new functionalities that will extend goods traceability in both the upstream and downstream supply chain, and provide better operational and strategic management for users. This means that Ci5 will speed up flows and increase port performance.” 

Dominique Lebreton, MGI Audits, Projects and Marketing Director said “This international award recognises the impressive work done by the Marseille port community under the Smart Port project. Ci5 is the first Cargo Community System in the world to include artificial intelligence and machine learning (predictive analysis algorithms) technologies which will provide extremely precise arrival time estimates for lorries at port gates. In fact, we like to say that Ci5 is much more than a Port Community System. It is a Cargo intelligent System that serves the port community. Ci5 is the essential tool for increasing the competitiveness of ports and meets their requirements for smooth operations, tracking, reliability and security, thereby increasing supply chain efficiency. It is also an essential building block of the Smart Port certification.” 

For Christine Cabau Woehrel, President of the Marseille Port Authority Executive Board, “Neptune Port is at the heart of our information system. It connects the private systems of all professionals working in the port, generates reliable information, facilitates the smooth transit of goods through the port, and increases productivity. This system enables us to fully accomplish our role of facilitating goods flows, which gives our clients and users a real competitive edge.” 

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