BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) signed a new agreement with the CBS Software group based in Australia to install a 24-hour streamline terminal operation system software.
The software is capable of tracking and monitoring containers coming in and out from Solomon Islands.
This new initiative is part of SIPA’s reformation project into digitalising its services and efficiencies.
SIPA CEO Eranda Kotelawala said the CBS software will improve efficiency to keep track of containers, something which has been a challenge in the past.
Mr Kotelawala said the software ensures that operations are carried out and recorded digitally, making data collection easier and accurate.
Kotalawala said the new software will help to implement processes to increase operation efficiency, improve client communication and increase staff expertise.
He also adds now they will operate digitally with their operation at the yard and international wharf.
He said the programme will save a lot of time, efficiency in delivering of containers, tracking of ships discharging and financial recording purposes.
Kotelawala described the new setting as SIPA’s one step to more digitalising.
CEO Kotelawala said trial run will take place in Honiara, to be moved to Noro port in the Western province when the software operates smoothly.
Director of CBS Software Mr Mark Jenkins said they have been operating for 20 years, and the software is meant to improve efficiency.
It can also be controlled by tablets through signal from the Terminal Operation System, he adds.
Significant area about this software, Mr Jenkins said it can track containers and customers accurately on daily basis.
CBS Software is a group based in Australia.
Its mission statement is to for all terminals and deport have software solution that will improve their efficiency and safety, enhance client communication, and helps conform to industry regulations.