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Tideworks live at Charleston

The South Carolina Ports Authority has gone live with Tideworks’ Spinnaker at two marine terminals in Charleston

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Tideworks live at Charleston

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has taken a major step in a journey to replace its legacy in-house IT systems with Tideworks’ applications.


The SCPA selected Tideworks to replace its in-house applications after an earlier contract to implement Navis N4 was terminated. That contract was to implement N4 at all SCPA terminals, including its breakbulk and general cargo terminals. The new implementation of Tideworks’ software is for the container terminals only.


The SCPA has opted to migrate to Tideworks in stages, and the first facility to implement its software was actually the rail terminal Inland Port Dillon, which went live with Tideworks’ Intermodal Pro terminal operating system in April 2018. Dillon also implemented Tideworks’ GateVision gate operating system, Traffic Control equipment dispatch system, and Tideworks Insight. Tideworks is providing full project management, software configuration and installation, integration services, user training and go-live assistance for all the implementations.


Following the Dillon installations, the SCAP went live with Spinnaker, Tideworks’ graphical planning solution, at its Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in March 2019.


Implementing Spinnaker is the first phase of the software rollout at the Charleston marine terminals. “To begin later this year, the second phase of the project will include the implementation of Tideworks’ next-generation TOS Mainsail, Traffic Control, the Terminal View 3D data visualization system, Tideworks Insight and Advent Intermodal Solutions’ eModal port community platform,” Tideworks stated.


“We are pleased to have successfully completed phase one implementation of the Tideworks’ TOS solution that will enhance planning and operations at our marine terminals,” said Stephen Rauch, director of information technology at SCPA. “The Port is experiencing strong growth, and the addition of Tideworks’ solutions will support our ability to efficiently handle increased cargo volumes over the long term.”


Having the SCPA onboard is a big step for Tideworks; by TEU volume the SCPA terminals represent the second largest installation for the company after MIT in Panama. Furthermore, as an operating port authority the SCPA can decide itself how it wants to manage integration and data sharing between core planning and operating software and its port community system, in this case eModal.


“Our partnership with SCPA has afforded Tideworks myriad opportunities to demonstrate the capabilities of our next generation TOS solutions," said Thomas Rucker, president of Tideworks. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with SCPA and supporting its growth with innovative and effective solutions that add value to the supply chain and the communities that SCPA serves.”

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