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PROJECT TYPE: APPLICATION, WEB
PROJECT TITLE: Container Terminal Management System (CTMS)
The aim of the project and implimentation is to develop a Container Terminal Management System (CTMS) for a large container port terminal having one of the biggest container handling facilities in the country. The terminal occupies a strategic position and has formed strategic partnerships with major shipping lines to provide customers in the country and around the region, with links to more than 100 ports around the world. The container yard at the terminal covers a total area of 60 hectares and handles both empty and laden containers with ample space reserved for transshipment traffic.
To ensure operational efficiency, CTMS application needs to be developed with the modules as described below:
CTMS modules: There are two major modules in the CTMS system:
1) Containers module
2) In-Yard operations module
Functionality of the modules
The Containers modules will have ability to handle the following:
The Voyage call (Vessel arrival) has been registered by the container port terminal through the system with reference by Shipping Agent. The export containers are booked by Shipping Agents through CONTRAK system. Then the shipping agent will assign Hauler to handle the container to the port. The customs clearance will be handled by forwarding agent appointed by shipping agent. After customs documents clearance, the container will enter into the port by hauler. Now, the container will be accepted by the port terminal and stacked in an allocated Yard Location inside KCT Yard. On arrival of Vessel, the container will be loaded into Vessel and necessary bill will be generated by the System.
The Voyage call (Vessel arrival) has been registered by the container terminal through the system with reference by Shipping Agent. The container list, which is going to be imported, is registered by the shipping agents through the system. On arrival of vessel, the containers are discharged from the vessel and stacked in allocated yard location.
The empty containers also follow the same operation as export, import containers. Apart from that, the empty containers are stacked in yard in a separate location as per the request from shipping or forwarding agent.
Reefer Container Handling
All refrigerated containers (Reefer Containers) are stored in separate location inside the yard as it requires necessary cooling before loading into the ship or delivered to the customer. The customer may also request the port terminal to load cargo into Reef Container stored in the yard. The port will also do refrigeration before the cargo is packed.
In-Yard Operation module
The following activities are carried out as of the port terminalâ„¢s services inside yard location.
The forwarding agent may request the port terminal to pack their cargo into the empty container, which is stacked inside the Yard. The port terminal will pack all the cargo into specified container and convert this into export. The forwarding agent may request the port terminal to unpack their cargo, which is imported from the port voyage. The port will unpack all the cargo and may also stack the empty container into the stack based on the request.
All the containers inside the yard are handled by private carriers. The necessary data to move the container by the carrier are communicated through wire less system called RDT (Radio Data Transfer). Container discharged from the Vessel or loaded into the Vessel is also communicated through wire less system. All the carriers are equipped with VMT (Vehicle Mounted Terminal) to handle the data. All discharge and loading operation are communicated through HHT (Hand Handled Terminal). The CTMS application will communicate with RDT system to receive and send data based the VMT / HHT request.
The location for stack import / export / import container are planned prior to container arrival. The yard planning is handled in the CTMS system.