Navis and Cosco Shipping Ports Limited (CSP) have partnered to create a centralised resource to support CSP moving its box terminals to the N4 TOS.
Together the two companies will develop a “joint Centre of Excellence (CoE)” to “deliver dedicated Navis and CSP resources for N4 implementation projects across COSCO Shipping Ports’ portfolio of assets and support ongoing optimization excellence,” Navis said in statement.
Other terminal operators, including Yilport, currently manage some of their own N4 implementations, and CSP is taking a step in the same direction. “The Centre of Excellence model is a long-term engagement between the two parties aimed at enabling CSP to implement the projects themselves, shortening the timeline to deliver services through dedicated, onsite and remote resources. Over time, the CoE will transfer tasks currently executed onsite in projects to be performed remote, including, base configuration, test support, automated testing, code extensions etc,” Navis explained.
The key areas supported by the CoE include:
The CoE will also support “Platform Management” to deploy N4 as “the sole standard TOS across the CSP portfolio and fully automate business process testing of software releases against CSP requirements.” This follows a subscription agreement to implement N4 across CSP’s network announced earlier this year.
However, in February Navis competitor TSB announced it had won a contract to supply the TOS and related automation software for Cosco Shipping Ports’ (CSP) new terminal at Khalifa, Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, TSB also said it had signed a “wider cooperation agreement” with CSP to implement its CATOS TOS at other terminals. Navis’ statement above that CSP will “deploy N4 as the sole standard TOS across the CSP portfolio” calls this into question.
Zhang Wei, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of COSCO Shipping Ports said CSP is moving forward with Navis. “Our partnership with Navis and the CoE is critical for the multi-facility setup of N4 that is already underway – providing one central solution for all terminals within our corporate infrastructure. With Navis’ help, we’ll create a standardized delivery method, based on their years of experience as the leading TOS in the market and key takeaways from the hundreds of N4 implementations that they have successfully executed. With a scalable and repeatable approach, global experience backing the CoE and supplemental regional teams, CSP is well positioned to bring N4 live across our network and improve overall operational efficiency.”