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N4 for San Juan terminal

Luis A. Ayala Colón Sucrs., Inc. will implement N4 at its terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Navis, a part of Cargotec announced the contract for N4, along with Navis Professional and Training Services, will be booked into Cargotec’s 2018 first quarter intake.

Luis Ayala Colón was started as a family stevedoring contractor and shipping agency in Puerto Rico in 1938. In 2015 the company purchased the assets of and took over the lease on Horizon Line’s San Juan terminal. It operates two Gottwald mobile harbour cranes, reachstackers and other equipment.

The terminal handles around 230,000 TEU annually and, said Navis, “serves a larger volume of Puerto Rico’s international cargo needs than any other terminal in the area. Located in the Puerto Nuevo Port Zone of the Port of San Juan, the Ayala Family has built a strong reputation during its 80 years in operation, and has selected N4 as the next step in optimizing its operations and helping it remain competitive with terminals on an international stage”.


“Our company has always been in the forefront of technology. Since the early days of computing availability, we’ve employed state-of-the-art software while developing our own programming for the last four decades,” said Hernan F. Ayala-Parsi, President, Luis Ayala Colón terminal. “With Navis we will continue to use the best software available, which can be customized for our terminal and operations needs to enhance service to our customers – both the container lines, and ultimately, the cargo originators, receivers and their respective truckers.”


The deal looks like a classic case of a terminal that has outgrown its existing systems. “The terminal has cited inventory management, optimizing container location and equipment control during discharge and loading as its main operational challenges prior to N4 implementation," said Navis. "Beyond daily operational challenges, the terminal faced the additional hurdle of keeping essential cargo moving in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which wrecked havoc on Puerto Rico’s infrastructure."

Specific improvements Luis Ayala Colón expects to see following implementing N4 include an 8-10% improvement in vessel production and a turnaround time of less than 20 minutes per container transaction. “In addition, N4 will improve reporting times for container discharge and loading to principal lines to real time and improve billing activities and invoice production immediately following completed vessel operations,” added Navis.


“N4 will provide Luis Ayala Colón with the technology to help the terminal adapt and keep up with the evolving ocean shipping landscape and meet its production and operational goals,” said Martin Bardi, Vice President & General Manager, Latin America, Navis. “We are excited to partner with a terminal with deep roots in Puerto Rico and help ensure it is engrained in the economic success of its community for years to come.”

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