DP World has implemented the Zodiac terminal operating system (TOS) in Jebel Ali Port’s Container Terminal 3 (CT3)
The company said the move represents an additional step to fulfil DP World, UAE region’s vision to ‘lead the smart transformation’ in its ports and logistics hub. The fully automated system includes advanced solutions for remotely controlling the port’s facilities. CT3 will be able to integrate with any terminal that uses the same automation system. The move by DP World, UAE region meets its aim to adopt technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, which it says will enhance its readiness for the future and its development of innovative solutions to combat the challenges of tomorrow.
DP World UAE region chief executive and managing director Mohammed Al Muallem said “We have promised our leadership in the UAE, and all our customers and partners, to be one of the first entities to accelerate the recovery of the economy despite the pandemic, by implementing state-of-the-art digital systems to ensure sustainability of our operations and to keep trade flowing. With our constant efforts, we work hard to fulfil our responsibility as the key player securing vital supplies of food and medical supplies in the country. Our technologically advanced logistical infrastructure empowers our customers to continue their operations efficiently and reach global markets.”
Mr Al Muallem added “It has the ability to promote an immediate and direct connection between all facilities and assets of the station, including cranes, large bridges or trucks for transporting and loading containers, in addition to the smart sensors, internet of things (IoT), and the big data system we own to enable swift handling of shipments from the ship to the warehouse of the merchant.”
DP World UAE region director information technology department Ibrahim Al Najjar said “The latest version implemented in Jebel Ali Port’s CT3 represents a quantum leap from its predecessor to 100% automation. We increased the automation level to the maximum capacity, delivering a world-class success story. CT3 has now become one of the most sophisticated and intelligent port terminals in the region, comparable to the best smart port terminals in the world.”
Through implementing the Zodiac digital system, CT3 can, in the future, be a part of a network of the supply chain that includes the DP World terminals around the world and other major terminals and ports. DP World said the advanced digital capabilities of the system are contributing factors to overcoming the challenges of the pandemic.
The Zodiac digital system consists of 18 internal integrated systems, including the cranes’ automation system and berth planning. It also manages the rail and inland container depot, provides full fleet management, and control to the container freight station. Additionally, Zodiac provides real-time container location tracking, clearance, and delivery with billing systems, supported by the IoT system. Zodiac can also aid communication with an onsite foreman’s PDA devices for on-ground operations and provide an automatic control system for the terminal gates. All these systems are orchestrated by machine learning, DP World said.
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