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Navis launches Compass

Compass aims to leverage data to improve the management of a vessel call right across the terminal.

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At its highly successful Navis World global customer conference in San Francisco last week Navis unveiled its new workflow management application, Compass.


Under the ownership of Cargotec, Navis has expanded from its roots in terminal-based software to having a much larger presence in vessel loading and stowage software. The acquisition of Interschalt Marine in particular created a huge opportunity to connect the applications on the marine and port sides of the whole vessel planning eco system.


Navis has moved continued to move in this direction. It created XVELA, which leverages cloud computing to share data and allow greater visibility into the vessel planning process. At this year’s Navis World, the company unveiled Navis Smart, a new “layer of technology” that straddles its ocean carrier and terminal applications to capture and standardise data. The intention is to use that data as a foundation to apply machine learning to Navis applications.


Compass is another initiative to breakdown siloed planning, but this time within the terminal. Again, the focus is on digitizing the workflow and “standardisiing” the way terminals approach coordinating a complex operation with several moving parts.

Compass is designed to draw in data from different parts of the terminal into a unified view of all the activities associated with a vessel call. “With end-to-end visual workflow management capabilities, all users can see the upcoming vessel visits, comments and important vessel information to know exactly what tasks need to be done and who is working on them. The application spans the terminal, starting when the vessels call the terminal and includes the activities that take place before, during and after the vessel visit. This includes berth and vessel planning, execution, continuous improvement, claims management and commercial discussions,” Navis explained.


“At present, management of different tasks and processes across the terminal container flow take place in silos, with little standardization or real-time information exchange, and few opportunities for collaboration,” said Younus Aftab, Chief Product Officer at Navis. “We are addressing these fundamental constraints to give our terminal customers the critical visibility and connectivity required to reach the next level of efficiency and productivity. Our end-to-end application ensures the availability of critical planning information exactly when it is needed, enabling more informed decision-making and better service.”


Speaking with WorldCargo News at Navis World, Andy Barrons Chief Strategy Officer at Navis further explained that Compass is about capturing all the data related to a vessel calls in one place, which facilitates not just the planning process before the vessel arrives, but visibility into the operation as the call progresses.


Planning a complete vessel call requires services including from pilots, lashing gangs and bunkers, as well as the cargo handling equipment to work the ship. When there are decisions or events in one part of the operation that impact the time of completion and departure it is important that these are visible to everyone involved, but often this is not the case today, particularly when there is an unplanned event or delay.


Rather than relying on people to pass information, Compass is about giving real time visibility and alerts to those who need them. It also serves as an application to record and document decisions made about a call, which can be important when there are disputes.


WorldCargo News also spoke to an IT manager involved in one of the Beta pilots for Compass. He described it as a very useful tool that terminal staff were very quick to embrace because it made their jobs easier. Furthermore, it is not part of the core N4 TOS, so can be implemented without touching that part of the overall IT system.

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