Solvo integrated multi-cargo solution

29 June 2012
The May issue of World Cargo News contains an article about the Solvo.TOS system, operating at the cargo terminal of the Ust-Luga maritime commercial seaport.

You may read the article here.(Pgs. 38 – 39)

Solvo’s integrated multi-cargo solution

The commercial Seaport of Ust-Luga has been operating with the SOLVO.TOS system two months ago and it is now managing, containers, general cargo and the port’s business processes.

SOLVO.TOS is designed to automated processes involving general cargo, project cargo, ro-ro cargo, automobiles, rolling equipment, containers etc. The commercial seaport of Ust-Luga includes the Multipurpose Transshipping Complex “Yug-2” and the Auto-Railway Ferry Complex. It offers a full range of port services including stevedoring, freight storage, in-house freight forwarding, customs processing, transport forwarding, shipping, and towing services.

From Solvo’s perspective this project demonstrates the flexibility of its software to mange different types of cargo as well being a flexible management system to support Ust-Luga’s evolving commercial requirements. SOLVO’s container terminal TOS consists of an integrated operative management system and a commercial process management system and it maintained this approach when developing its general cargo management system. “The technological side determines when, how and with what type of equipment the cargo will be handled, while the commercial side determines the basis for any technological operations along with the buyer and the payer for the given service” said Elena Grebenshikova, General Director of Solvo.

Flexibility was a key factor for Ust-Luga Commercial Seaport as it was a green-field terminal and “it was not clear what type of cargo would be processed during the initial stages, which is why the system was developed to accommodate for the processing of various types of cargo” said Grebenshikova. “Moreover, the Auto-Railway Ferry Complex was launched into operation during the middle stages of the project” she added.

“Since we were starting from scratch, with only a young team at our disposal, it was necessary for us to have a foundation, which could be used to develop a systematic approach to address commercial, operational and accounting issues. We decided to use the IT-system as our starting point”, said the General Director of the Ust-Luga Commercial Seaport, Constantine Sokolov.

The terminal uses SOLVO.TOS to manage contracts with port clients, calculate the cost of services, ensure monthly planning of cargo delivery and shipping, and administer the processes of loading, discharging and storage with the help of mobile radio terminals. The inventory system prepares data for the ERP or accounting system (for billing port clients) and supports the electronic data interchange (EDI) with contract partners, day-shift and operative planning, tracking of vehicle operations, documentation for export and import cargo during all stages through the facility. It manages all cargo operations including stuffing and stripping of containers and ro-ro trailers and tracks the asset positions with a dynamic visual display showing vessel, railcar and cargo shipment locations on the port map.

“The return on our investment was lightning fast: productivity was raised sharply and the speed and precision of cargo processing increased substantially along with the quality of service” said Sokolov.