Port Community System specialist MGI has announced that Martinique has become the seventh port community to implement its Ci5 service.
Martinique’s Port Community System (PCS) is managed by a company called Port+, which will administer the new Ci5 PCS. The installation is now complete, and on 23 March Ci5 was used to process nine vessels in the port. “Today, the Fort-de-France port community is fully connected to Ci5 and enjoys all its advantages, for more efficient and secure management of goods flows, MGI stated.
The project is a continuation of MGI’s long standing presence in the French Overseas Department of Martinique. The AP+ PCS, Ci5’s predecessor system, was installed at the Pointe des Grives terminal and the Hydrobase facility in 2007. “Twelve years later, Martinique professionals and Port+ have opted for Ci5 and its innovative solutions,” MGI said.
“This is a new step towards modernising trade in our port community. Our users are thrilled about this new high-performance tool, which attests to the success of Ci5 in our port environment,” said Nicole Sully, Managing Director of Port+ Fort de France.
Despite the pandemic, MGI was able to send a team to Martinique in early March for two weeks to train and assist future users. Altogether, 246 users were trained on the Ci5 system, including freight forwarders, shipping agents, terminal operators, customs administration and port authority staff.
After the training, an MGI instructor stayed on to provide Port+ with continuing support. Back in France, MGI put in place a 3-week start-up phase, with a dedicated team working for the port in Martinique, on Martinique time, (from 2pm to 10pm Metropolitan France time). Port+ will also receive remote assistance for the first five years of the contract from MGI Project Manager, Elhadji Kabirou.
“A new stage in the collaboration between PORT + and MGI begins with the implementation of Ci5,” said Kabirou. “During these weeks of training and support in companies, we received only good feedback from the application. MGI and PORT + continues to work in close collaboration in order to offer users the tool that best meets their expectations”.
“Martinique has become the 7th port community to use Ci5, and will benefit from new exclusive modules,” concluded Rémi Julien, President of the MGI Executive Board. “The success of this project is down to the trust and professionalism of Port+ and the collective dedication of MGI staff, of whom I’m proud.”