Advent Intermodal Solutions, a leading provider of IT-based intermodal solutions, today announced that NSW Ports has successfully deployed Advent’s eModal wharfage module for Port Botany in Sydney and Port Kembla in Wollongong. The wharfage solution is part of eModal’s Port Community (eCP) suite.
The SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) implementation is part of NSW Ports’ comprehensive plan to transition port operations from legacy IT systems to a new IT environment where Advent’s plug ‘n play, SaaS-based, eModal wharfage module complements NSW Ports’ plan. NSW Ports is a privately owned company that developed the plan when in 2013 it acquired through public tender a 99 year lease to manage and develop Port Botany and the Port Kembla port assets from the NSW Government. Advent’s SaaS based eModal wharfage solution enables NSW Ports to focus on managing their business operations in a common system without legacy restrictions and issues.
Advent was selected by NSW Ports through a robust proposal evaluation process to replace the legacy wharfage system with a plug ‘n play solution that enables the calculation of wharfage, site occupation, and navigation fees in a single solution for the unique rate schedules and cargo demographic of each port. The eModal wharfage module was fully implemented earlier this year to serve Port Botany and Port Kembla, which are the primary import and export gateways to the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s largest economy and home to approximately one third of the nation’s population.
“We are honored to be selected as NSW Ports’ technology partner for this project and look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the company,” said Jay Kronberg, Vice President of Business Development at Advent Intermodal Solutions. “This was Advent’s first project involving all aspects of a wharfage systems, marking a significant milestone for us. We developed a wharfage solution module as part of eModal’s PCS solutions suite, to support NSW Ports’ needs. Advent’s eModal wharfage module is a plug ‘n play SaaS solution which can be easily integrated into other ports in Australia and beyond.”
Both Port Kembla and Port Botany have a diversified trade base. Port Kembla is Australia’s largest motor vehicle import hub and NSW’s largest break bulk port that also services coal, steel, grain, and general cargo. Port Botany has three dedicated container terminals and a dedicated bulk liquids terminal. It is the largest common user bulk liquids port and the second busiest container port in Australia.
Given the importance of Port Botany and Port Kembla to the nation’s economy, it was essential that critical business and financial operations were not disrupted during the transition to the new wharfage system. Advent Intermodal worked closely from its headquarters in New Jersey with the NSW Ports team in Sydney to ensure a seamless transition with minimal impact on ongoing business operations. To achieve a smooth transition, Advent Intermodal provided implementation services such as project management services, software configuration and installation, integration services so data can seamlessly flow between the eModal wharfage solution and other business critical systems, user training, assistance when the solution went live, and ongoing 24/7 technical support. All services were provided as part of Advent’s desire to ensure success.
Advent Intermodal integrated proprietary EDI messages from three terminals, a proprietary 1-Stop vessel schedule EDI, complete daily export of data to NSW Ports’ data warehouse system, and 35 EDI trading partners for manifests in IFCSUM formats inbound real-time integration to NSW Ports’ finance system, which enabled increased accuracy and streamlined their invoicing process. This EDI integration enabled enhanced event data capture, validation and reporting, and the user-friendly system required little training.
Advent Intermodal’s eModal wharfage module enhanced multiple operational aspects for NSW Ports, including streamlining processes based on actual events, recording all relevant events logically through business validations, offering advanced reporting functionality, integrating capture-and-correct functions, and offering user control for the system administration of all code table data.