Navis is moving to boost the general cargo functionality in its flagship N4 TOS to cater for terminals that want to handle container and general cargo with the one system.
A small number of terminals use N4 for general cargo and boxes today, but N4 does not currently have the same breath of functionality in this area as other ‘multi-cargo’ TOS products. As WorldCargo News has noted previously, this has led to some facilities using different TOS vendors for container and general cargo. APM Terminals Callao, for example, uses N4 to manage container operations, and TSB’s MOST (Multi Purpose Operation System) for breakbulk and general cargo.
In an interview with WorldCargo News at TOC Americas in Panama last month, Navis executives said the company is investing in expanding the general cargo functionality of N4, and version 3.7 will feature major improvements in this area. This will boost N4’s appeal to the large number of South American ports that handle containers and general cargo at the same facility.
In March, Navis announced that it will install its N4 TOS at DP World’s new terminal in Posorja, Ecuador, which is currently under construction. Posorja is being developed as a general-purpose port for handling containers and other cargo types, and at the time, Navis said the agreement for N4 covers only containers. That has now been extended to general cargo, and DP World will use N4 to manage the whole operation.