The Longoni Port Community in Mayotte is moving from AP+ to the new Ci5 Port Community system from MGI.
Ci5 is the next generation Port Community System (PCS) from France-based MGI, which was one of the original developers of the AP+ PCS, a system widely across French ports, French dependent territories in the Caribbean and South Pacific and a few ports in West Africa. The Longoni Port Community in Mayotte signed a contract to use AP+ in 2011.
Together with the Longoni Port Community company ICM+, MGI will now support the Longoni Port Community to transition to Ci5. “This decision was confirmed on 18 July when Norbert Martinez, President of the Mayotte Maritime Union (UMM) and ICM+, visited Marseille, and strengthens the partnership between MGI and ICM+ which started in 2011,” MGI said in a statement.
The Port of Longoni will be will be one of the first ports in the Indian Ocean to use Ci5. Which MGI said is will enable it to take advantage of trends “designed to revolutionise the future of logistics, such as smart containers, the use of big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence”, while implementing a single window for goods processing.
Norbert Martinez, President of the UMM and ICM+, said: “Nearly 10 years ago, Stéphan Rougy, President of the UMM, signed the initial contract with MGI to deploy AP+ in Mayotte, and I now have the privilege, as President of the UMM and ICM+, to officially agree on the next phase of our partnership with Ci5. Mayotte is lucky to be one of the first French port communities to benefit from Ci5, despite the difficulties facing our companies on a daily basis due to our distance from mainland France. This new phase underscores the vitality of our port community and its economic players, and confirms the mutual trust between our organisations.”
Jaap van den Hoogen, President of the MGI Executive Board, continued: “After deployment in the Pacific Ocean, Ci5 is now being rolled out in the Indian Ocean. We are especially glad to renew and continue this relationship with ICM+ that has been going strong for over ten years. The partnership between our two companies will enable ICM+ to use Ci5 to connect up all port community professionals in order to manage goods more efficiently and extend its activity across the Indian Ocean. With Ci5, the world’s leading CCS, ICM+ confirms its vitality and continues its transition towards a Smart Port model.”
After a period of user training, Ci5 will replace AP+ on 2 December 2019, and will connect up all private and public players in the Longoni port community.