Saab delivers Port Management Information System to the Port of Townsville

The Port of Townsville, which operates the Ports of Townsville and Lucinda in northern Australia, has taken an important step forward in improving the port experience for their customers. Saab’s flagship Port Management Information System (PMIS) PortControl has been delivered, on-time and within budget. 

The delivery includes software for management of ship visits, cargo movements and associated billing. However, what makes this particular PMIS project stand out is Townsville Port’s newly developed interface to Maritime Safety Queensland’s (MSQ) QSHIPS shipping system.

Townsville Port’s Manager Operations, Mark Jenkins said the updated software system will improve planning, control and execution of major port operations and related business processes, including vessel calls, cargo management, billing and statistical reporting.

"Gone are the days of when shipping agents waste their valuable time, double handling their shipping information. The Port required an information system that could solve this long-time inconvenience,’’ he said.

"One of the key positive features of Saab’s system is that it is a single source of accurate information available on a single integrated and standardised platform.’’   

Mr Jenkins added that whilst MSQ’s live data feed from QSHIPS had long been available to all ports in  Queensland, Townsville Port had not been able to harness the benefits due to the outdated legacy system.

"The full integration of PortControl PMIS into the operation of the Townsville Port in 2020 is increasing the speed and efficiency of data exchange for the benefit of all parties,”  Mr. Jenkins said.

About Port of Townsville

Located over 1,300 kilometres north of Brisbane on the east coast of Queensland, the Ports of Townsville and Lucinda handled 8 million tonnes of trade during the 2019-20 financial year.

The Port of Townsville is the country's largest lead, copper, zinc, sugar and fertiliser port and largest container and automotive port in Northern Australia. The Port has been the economic cornerstone of the North Queensland region since it first started trading in 1864, handling around AUD 8 billion trade each year supporting around 8,000 jobs and servicing a population of nearly 800,000 people. Imports include essential everyday goods such as fuel, furniture, electrical goods, cement and bitumen. North Queensland farmers export agricultural products, and mining company's need the Townsville port to export minerals and refined metals.

For additional information visit: https://www.townsville-port.com.au/