Defence and security company Saab has announced that, as of 1 January 2017, the Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) and its tug operating affiliate KTK, are officially in operation with their new KleinPort port management information system.
CPA and KTK are using the KleinPort system to schedule, manage and track vessel operations, allocate tugs, pilots and other services, generate billing and execute data analysis and reporting. CPA selected Saab as the system supplier in June 2016 after an extensive public tendering process for a new port management system. The elapsed time from contract award to system acceptance was less than six months.
“The implementation could not have gone smoother and remained exactly on budget. Saab was able to meet or exceed the project schedule time lines and their engineers and trainers were exceptional. The system is so well integrated that we are able to invoice for services within minutes of completion of operational activities. The use of mobile applications with our pilots and on our tugs and pilot boats has significantly enhanced overall efficiencies”, says Urvin Inocente, IT manager and project manager, Curaçao Ports Authority.
“We have incorporated the system schedule information into our website harbour traffic portal at hms.curports.com this is used by all port stakeholders. We expect to move forward with Phase II system enhancements early in 2017”, says Urvin Inocente, IT manager and project manager, Curaçao Ports Authority.
“KleinPort is one of the most advanced port management information systems available today and is expected to significantly increase the efficiency of the port authority”, says Peter Behrendt, business unit Traffic Management within Saab business area Surveillance.
The Curaçao Ports Authority manages all of Curaçao’s ports and also owns the container and cruise terminal and most of the wharves and properties adjacent to the harbour, which are leased to private operators. It also coordinates pilotage and regulates all vessel movements in the ports. Moreover, Curaçao Ports Authority is responsible for commercial developments of the ports and for overseas promotion.
KleinPort is a product within Saab’s Maritime Traffic Management product area.
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