Terminal Operating Systems TERMINALCONTROL™

The TERMINALCONTROL™ Terminal Operating System (TOS)  is one of the few in the world that truly supports multi-purpose terminals, handling break-bulk, bulk, general cargo, roll-on roll-off, and of course container cargo. All in one user-friendly package.

Saab’s solution for terminals consists of a number of independent applications and modules which can run stand-alone or integrated. Each cargo terminal can select those modules that are needed to meet their specific requirements.


Functionality includes:

  • Order management
  • Yard planning & graphical yard visualisation
  • Vessel & rail stowage planning
  • Equipment control for all equipment types
  • Gate operations for trucks & trains
  • Monitoring of on-going operations
  • Special operations such as stuffing and stripping of containers
  • Electronic communication
  • Reporting
  • Invoicing

Vancouver terminal

TERMINALCONTROL records all administrative data related to the terminal operations and follows up the operations in real time. The application is used to register administrative information related to cargo and vessels, trucks and trains coming to the terminal, as well as for the follow up of the actual operations, both on the waterside and on the landside. 

The cargo that is expected at the terminal, containers and non-containerised cargo, is registered in the form of orders. Depending on the nature of the cargo, different details may need to be recorded. The system also records planned vessel and train arrivals. Truckers can make use of the pre-announcement functionality to pre-register their visit to the terminal and speed up the actual gate procedures.

The yard visualisation & planning module will ensure that cargo received at the terminal is automatically planned to a yard location, based on the configurable business rules. Furthermore, the exact yard situation is visualised both in a 2D and 3D graphical overview. The execution of the planned moves is taken care of by the integrated equipment control module, which sends instructions to the available equipment drivers. The system supports all types of cargo handling equipment and terminal layouts.

The stowage planning module allows the terminal to plan the loading of container vessels and trains, based on the incoming stowage plan, pre-stow information and the position of cargo on the yard. The resulting load plan will then also result in move instructions being sent to equipment drivers.

The invoicing of the various operations is automated through the connected billing module. This module allows the terminal to flexibly enter and maintain all tariffs, and to generate invoices based on these rates and on the actual operations without any need for manual data entry or other manual interventions.