Solvo.TOS at the Brooklyn-Kiev Port Container Terminal

18 June 2013
SOLVO has notched another major automation project at the “Brooklyn-Kiev Port” container terminal in the Odessa Commercial Seaport.

The automation projected resulted in full-scale implementation of the integrated operating system, SOLVO.TOS.CONTAINER.

“Brooklyn-Kiev Port” is a seaport operator, which offers its clients a full range of container handling services.
Even though the terminal is fairly new (opened in 2008), it is experiencing rapid growth and is constantly upgrading its capacity and technological capabilities. The terminal was the first to conduct pre-processing operations in the Port of Odessa. It also received the biggest containership among all of Ukraine’s container terminals in part due to recent dredging. Among the terminal’s clients are such renowned companies as CMA CGM and Maersk Line.

The terminal uses the latest technology: 2 loaders for empty containers, 7 reach-stackers (45 T); 2 twin-lift RTG post-Panamax “ZPMC cranes; 11 Terberg tractors equipped with semi-trailers.

Moreover, to keep up with the times, the administration of “Brooklyn-Kiev Port” decided to implement a world-class comprehensive automated operating system, which would be able to further the company’s push into full-scale process automation at the container terminal. During project implementation, special attention was paid to the following features of the terminal, which absolutely had to be accounted for during implementation: First, the container terminal is located inside the port and works closely with the internal port system. Therefore, the operating system must be dynamically oriented and be able to react to all changes and requirements in the port host system. Second, automatic weighing is a common practice and must be supported. Third, the terminal uses a special type of print forms and reports, which must be considered when configuring the document management system. Another key point to consider was the fact that the CT employs a large revolving workforce, specifically, CHE operators. This meant that constant system training was required. Lastly, truck visit processing without time-slotting must be supported.

The obvious choice for the terminal became Solvo, since SOLVO.TOS was the only system able to cover these requirement and flexible enough to adapt to the business-processes of the terminal. By no means unimportant was the fact that the SOLVO.TOS.CONTAINER system has already been a success story at many major container terminals across Russia, the CIS countries and the Baltic region.

During the implementation stage, SOLVO specialists accounted for all of these features and incorporated them into the system. And according to “Brooklyn-Kiev Port” personnel, “the goal was achieved.” The CT is planning to ramp up the turnover to 350,000 TEUs per year by developing adjoining territory and not without help from SOLVO.TOS. Just in the first half year of the year since the system started operating at “Brooklyn-Kiev Port,” the results are already evident, with a significant reduction in cargo, vessel and truck turnaround times as well as a dramatic drop in the amount of rehandles during storage.

Plans for development: the “Web-portal” module is currently being installed, with which engaged parties will be have easy access via the internet to system data, where they could view the status and track the movement of the cargo that is important to them. It is also possible to view lot data regarding status, movement as well as the lot shipping history.

“The terminal will be connected with all forwarders via the internet. All of our clients and partners, within their own right, will be able to see what is going on at the terminal and paperwork will be reduced to a minimum,” said a “Brooklyn-Kiev Port” representative.