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PTP migrates successfully to N4

Port Tanjung Pelepas has successfully migrated to the Navis N4 TOS

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PTP migrates successfully to N4

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) has announced that the terminal has gone live with the Navis N4 TOS. PTP previously operated Navis SPARCS and Express. Earlier this year PTP announced it would make the migration on 10 July.


As noted at the time, with a volume of almost 9M TEU in 2018 PTP is the largest single terminal to make the conversion to N4 so far. All of its 14 berths on 5.04km of quay are managed with the one TOS and the terminal is a busy one, with current average berth productivity for mainliner vessels at a minimum of 100 moves per hour.


PTP says the N4 installation was a success. “With Navis N4 in operation, PTP has again broken the record for vessel utilisation after the MSC Gulsun, the largest container ship in the world, departed with 19,574 TEU in July 2019. This milestone means PTP has broken the record three times in a row and has become the first port in the world to set back-to-back records for container vessel utilisation”.


Navis and PTP welcomed the record, but perhaps a better measure of the success of a TOS migration is a lack of disruption at the terminal. Some migration projects have gone badly, including the transition to nGen at Felixstowe last year, but PTP had no such problems.


“I have personally been involved in many ‘go lives’, but never one of this size and scale and also never one that has gone so well in so many areas, including change management, adoption of new processes and frontline technology,” said Joe Schofield, COO, PTP. “Without a doubt, the ownership of this project - from the shareholder level to the hatch clerk front line and everybody in between - has been second to none. This is the result of a lot of hard work from many people, both onsite and globally. Thanks to our great foundation and Navis’ second to none commitment to this project’s success, we have done what many thought was impossible, by migrating one of the single biggest facilities in the world with no unplanned impact to our landside or waterside customers,” he said.


Navis also declared the migration a success. “The implementation of Navis N4 has been years in planning and preparation. With the support of teams from PTP, Navis, MMC, APM Terminals and other vendors, N4 was successfully implemented on time and with no unplanned disruption to daily port operations. We would like to congratulate PTP on the successful implementation of N4, once again setting a new utilization record. A note of special gratitude for making the implementation such a success goes to Marco Neelsen, CEO PTP, Joe Schofield, COO PTP, and Gaurav Sharma, CIO PTP, for their excellent leadership during the planning & implementation,” said Simon Doughty, Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific, Navis.

The MSC Gulsun has a capacity of 23,756 TEU and entered service on July 8 2019. It stows containers 24 rows across on deck. 16 of the 58 super post panamax STS cranes at PTP have a 24-row outreach.

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