Qatar is gearing up to host the 2022 Football World Cup and investing significantly in its infrastructure as it prepares for the influx of visitors and activities to the region. Jade’s Master Terminal software will manage the Port’s activities, currently 330,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) container movements, with millions of tonnes of cargo expected through the Port as projects begin to bring this event to the world.
The new Jade TOS is being implemented by Milaha – which took over operational duties at Doha Port from Qatar Ports Management Company last year.
The main objectives implementing the new TOS are capacity and performance increases by centralized berth planning, automated yard and vessel planning and equipment control.
Port Services vice president Alan Middleton said: “We chose Jade’s JMT software because of its proven track record in providing reliable and innovative solutions to world class terminals. Qatar’s rapid development and the resulting growth of the Qatari shipping market, require this expertise. The easy configuration and scalability of JMT supports our efforts to increase efficiencies, optimise processes and manage costs as we bring Doha Port operations to the best worldwide standards.”
Middleton mentioned that the TOS, scheduled to go live in the second quarter of this year, will allow Doha Port to support increasing container and general cargo volumes, while meeting international standards for terminal operations.
Milaha also commenced a training programme last month for its super user employees, in co-ordination with Jade.
The intensive training programme is aimed to build key skills of employees to use the TOS system and prepare them in turn to cascade all the system knowledge gained from the training, to other port employees. End user training is expected to be concluded by end of this month.
Doha Port staff will use hand-held computers at the entry and exit gates for trucks and enter the required data for each incoming container, while documentation required for container pick-up will be printed on the spot.
Each straddle carrier is equipped with an LXE half-screen vehicle-mounted computer, which displays the container to be taken from the truck or ship and where the container has to be placed. Milaha expressed special thanks and appreciation to Qatar Ports Management Company, Qatar Customs, Doha Port Police and ictQATAR in ensuring the success of the important milestone.
Source: Gulf Times