ZPMC is now a systems integrator for Navis software.
Cargotec has announced that Navis has signed a partnership agreement with ZPMC “to jointly address opportunities for Navis to supply its software and services and ZPMC to provide its products and services and act as a system integrator”.
ZPMC and Navis have actually signed partnership type agreements previously. The first was back in 2016, when the companies signed a “memorandum of strategic cooperation” to work on automated terminal projects. Then in 2017 at a ZPMC event in Shanghai Navis was announced as a partner in ZPMC’s Smart Port initiative, along with along with Moffat & Nichol and Microsoft.
The focus of this new partnership agreement extends the relationship between the companies to cover ZPMC doing systems integration for Navis software. ZPMC is taking this role at the new Jingtang Port Intelligent Container Terminal Project at Tangshan (JTICT), where it was appointed as a “general contractor” with responsibility for the Navis TOS for the first time.
The software implementation at JTICT is being managed by a joint team from ZPMC, Navis and the terminal. As well as Navis products, the project also includes some of ZPMC’s own software, including its Community Access Portal to manage gate bookings, EDI software and a graphical users interface for Navis ECN4.
ZPMC is building its competence in software, and now has its own TOS team with eight members that have passed Navis N4/XPS testing and certification process, as well as achieved certification in other areas of Navis software implementation. At the Navis World conference in San Francisco earlier this year, ZPMC emphasised that it can work with other TOS vendors and products, including TSB, Cosmos, nGen, and China’s Huadong depending on what the customer requires.
Cargotec also stressed that Navis continues to work with other companies in the market, and that “the cooperation between Navis and ZPMC is not exclusive, as there are similar strategic partnerships with Kalmar and Navis, both part of Cargotec, and with other solution providers as well”.
To a large extent this type of agreement, where the largest supplier of STS cranes and RTGs and the market leading TOS supplier are working together to facilitate integration, is what terminal operators want to see. As Cargotec noted, “Navis and ZPMC are already actively engaged in discussions on opportunities in India, China, Latin America, and other regions. Bringing together industry-leading software, equipment and services in a non-exclusive team, ZPMC and Navis will provide a single, integrated solution to initiate future terminal automation projects, as well as optimise and/or automate existing terminal infrastructures and systems, providing faster pathways to improved productivity, safety and sustainability as a result”.