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Doraleh moves to N4

After seizing the container terminal from DP World, the new operator has replaced its operating software with Navis N4.

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Doraleh moves to N4

In February this year the government of Djibouti cancelled its contract with DP World for the concession of Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) and took control of the facility. DP World continues to fight the loss of the concession, but at the moment the state of Djibouti insists that "DCT is operated under the sole authority of Doraleh Container Terminal Management Company (Société de Gestion du Terminal à Conteneurs de Doraleh – SGTD), with the State of Djibouti as the sole shareholder".


In a move that appears to flout an extended restraining order issued against Port de Djibouti by the High Court of England and Wales, SGTD has replaced the main operating software at DCT.

When it was controlled by DP World, DCT used Navis SPARCS for vessel planning, together with its own in-house TOS, ZODIAC, an application originally developed by CSX Intermodal, which ended up in DP World’s hands through a series of acquisitions. DP World still uses Zodiac at a number of its smaller terminals.

Now that it is running DCT, SGTD has implemented N4, Navis has announced, which is better suited to a terminal handling over 1M TEU a year. “Along with high cargo volume, the terminal was experiencing operational challenges attributed to the multiple TOS applications previously in place. As a result, SGTD appointed Navis as its sole TOS provider to overcome these obstacles – providing more streamlined operations through a user-friendly interface for SGTD’s customer base,” Navis stated.

“It is important to us to continue to set a standard of modernization and innovation at our terminal and in our region,” said Abdourahman Houssein Guireh, IT Director – Project Manager at SGTD. “When we implemented N4 at our terminal, cargo volume and yard congestion were at an all-time peak and we needed a system that was reliable and would help us navigate the operational challenges we were facing to become a leading terminal through state-of-the-art technologies. The flexible and scalable nature of N4, along with the assistance of Navis’ team and our talented staff all combined to deliver a seamless transition to N4 with no downtime or disruption to our customers.”

“As a partner to SGTD we are excited to be able to provide a solution to enhance its service and help handle the already high volume of shipments it experiences and will continue to experience as the terminal expands,” said Chuck Schneider, General Manager, EMEA at Navis. “We look forward to supporting one of the leading terminals in the Eastern African region and the vast transshipments it receives from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.”

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