The ports of Cape Town and Saldanha on Wednesday became the latest to go live with Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) new R79-million web-based Integrated Port Management System (IPMS)‚ first introduced at the pilot site‚ the Port of Durban in July.
IPMS replaces manual processes and enables key port operations to be managed online and in real time across TNPA’s eight commercial ports.
“All vessels arriving at the two Western Cape ports between August 26 and 31 will be allowed priority registration‚ provided vessels agents are trained. Other Cape Town and Saldanha vessel agents will be able to register on the system as and when they are ready to transact‚” TNPA said in a statement.
“Since IPMS was introduced in Durban more than 108 vessel agents have been registered onto the system and 135 vessel arrival notifications were processed within the first three weeks.”
TNPA CE Richard Vallihu said‚ “Global ports are adopting ‘smartPORT’ concepts and the world is increasingly embracing digital technologies and data analytics to make sense of the information that we have around us.
“Gathering that information in the first place is a challenge. This online system will help transform our ocean gateways into ‘smartPORTs’ by using advanced information technology that will make them more intelligent and sustainable‚ while conserving resources‚ time‚ space and energy.
“As TNPA we believe that the glue or the backbone of our entire port system is information systems‚ but in an integrated way‚ where we manage just about every input and output to make monitoring‚ tracking‚