Terminal Appointment Booking System in Manila launches
MICT and ATI terminals roll out 1-Stop’s Solution
2nd September, 2015: The Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) has launched in the Philippines with select user groups, and will officially go live in October 2015.
TABS is a collaborative solution from the Manila government and supply-chain stakeholders, in partnership with Australia’s 1-Stop Connections Pty Ltd. (1-Stop), in response to the truck ban and road policies that were introduced by the local government in 2014 to combat the congestion in Manila.
With TABS in place at both the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) terminals, a more organized in- and out-flow of containerized cargoes from both terminals is expected for a more efficient and productive Philippine supply-chain.
Based on 1-Stop’s Vehicle Booking System (VBS), TABS is a proactive alternative to counterproductive truck bans and benefits the entire port community by eliminating spontaneous truck arrivals so that drivers will be serviced more efficiently. Members of the Manila port community should expect to see more organised truck movements, and experience a managed and consistent flow of trucks spread across the entire day.
TABS also means that the terminals can optimally manage their port capacity and plan for appropriate resources due to predictable volume and schedule. In Australia, despite a 25% volume increase over six years, ports with 1-Stop’s booking solution have seen improvements in Landside performance without the need to invest in more infrastructure.
Today’s soft launch of TABS in Manila is with a select group of users who will use it to:
- Make “timeslot” bookings with either MICT or ATI to pick up or drop off containers at the port
- Find out real-time information about containers and their statuses
The launch comes ahead of the expected surge in economic activity for Manila in September when shipments increase in preparation for the holiday season.
1-Stop’s CEO, Michael Bouari says that 1-Stop’s booking solution was designed to combat those types of surges.
“Our booking solution is built on a core of configurations that can be applied to any terminal for the basic purpose of eliminating port congestion. It is also designed for ports to grow and mature as they move from manual to automated processes. I look forward to seeing the positive contribution that TABS will make to the Philippine economy.”
Mr. Bouari also said that the success of delivering the port community and booking solution in Manila is due to the collaborative efforts of all parties.
“With a time frame of three months and the peak season in sight, it takes a very high level of co-operation and participation to keep the project running smoothly and on track. My confidence in delivering this project successfully in the Philippines is attributed to being able to work with the best people at 1-Stop, MICT and ATI,” says Bouari.
Mohamed Ghandar, MICT General Manager, says it is a move in the right direction, “With a booming economy and the ongoing major infrastructure projects in the metropolis comes the issue of road capacity. Movement of trade in the Port of Manila, specifically that of container handling trucks, has to co-exist with the movement of the commuting public. TABS is the port sector’s contribution to easing road congestion in the Philippine capital by implementing a system that will schedule movements of trucks in and out of the Port.”
TABS will officially go live for all users of MICT and ATI terminals in October, 2015.
Winner of the Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2014 and the Product Innovation category of The Australian Business Awards 2013, 1-Stop is a Sydney-based company that develops IT products to connect businesses in the port, freight and logistics community to optimize the movement of cargo.
Since its inception in 2002, 1-Stop has become integral to the optimisation of port operations across Australia and reaching ports in New Zealand in 2007.
In May 2015, MICT and ATI chose 1-Stop as their port community system provider, as part of their productivity improvement process.
About ICTSI / MICT
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. is a leading developer of international ports and terminals with a global port network spanning 20 countries in six continents. Headquartered in the Philippines, ICTSI’s flagship is the Manila International Container Terminal, the Philippines’ largest container terminal gateway.
Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) is a Philippine Stock Exchange-listed port operator, developer and investor and part of the global port network of Dubai-based industry leader DP World, their strategic foreign shareholder.
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