Port of Auckland goes live on Tideworks system

The Port of Auckland has gone live on the Spinnaker Planning Management System from terminal operating system (TOS) provider Tideworks Technology, the first deployment of the technology in New Zealand.

Port operator Wallace Investments Ltd worked with Tideworks’ team on a fully remote basis to manage initial assessments, testing and deployment due to travel restrictions in response to COVID-19, covering tasks like project management, software configuration, integration services, and user training. The system went live in Q2 2020.

“Investing in TOS improvements is critical as we continue to modernise terminals to increase efficiency throughout the supply chain,” said Felix van Aalst, general manager of Wallace.

“Our new relationship with Tideworks and the resulting TOS integrations will help further our commitment to our customers and to safely and efficiently loading and discharging vessels to meet shippers’ and freighters’ changing needs.” 

The Spinnaker Planning Management System will be used to assist the terminal in optimising its stowage, yard and vessel planning processes, with a graphical planning system to aid in maximising yard space. 

Since the implementation was completed, the terminal says it has been able to automate its manual processes and improve operational efficiency by eliminating errors in its workflows.

“We are excited to kick off our engagement with Wallace,” said Thomas Rucker, president of Tideworks.

“The remote go-live was an exciting challenge for both companies. We’re pleased with the smooth deployment and eager to help terminal operators in the Oceania region enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs, especially during such a tough economic time.”

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