January 23, 2017
As of January 1st, 2017 the Curacao Ports Authority (CPA), and its tug operating affiliate KTK, are officially in production with their new KleinPort port management information system. CPA and KTK are using the KleinPort system to schedule, manage and track vessel operations, allocate tugs, pilots and other services, generate billing and execute data analysis and reporting. CPA selected Saab as the system supplier in June 2016 after an extensive public tendering process for a new port management system. The elapsed time from contract award to system acceptance was less than six months.
Urvin Inocente, CPA IT Manager and Project Manager, says, “The implementation could not have gone smoother and remained exactly on budget. Saab was able to meet or exceed the project schedule time lines and their engineers and trainers were exceptional. The system is so well integrated that we are able to invoice for services within minutes of completion of operational activities. The use of mobile applications with our pilots and on our tugs and pilot boats has significantly enhanced overall efficiencies. We have incorporated the system schedule information into our website harbour traffic portal at hms.curports.com and this is used by all port stakeholders. We expect to move forward with Phase II system enhancements early in 2017.”
“KleinPort is one of the most advanced port management information systems available today and is expected to significantly increase the efficiency of the port authority”, says Peter Behrendt, Managing Director of Saab Technologies Ltd.
The Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) manages all ports of Curaçao’s ports and also owns the container and cruise terminal and most of the wharves and properties adjacent to the harbor, which are leased to private operators. CPA also coordinates pilotage and regulates all vessel movements in the ports. Moreover, CPA is responsible for commercial developments of the ports and for overseas promotion.
KleinPort is a product of the Maritime Traffic Management product area of Saab.
June 30, 2016
From May 25th to May 27th, 2016, Saab Technologies Ltd. hosted its annual KleinPort Customer Advisory Group (CAG) meetings and Technical User Group (TUG) meetings in Vancouver, Canada. The meetings were timed to precede the International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA) 2016 Congress held in Vancouver the following week.
Many attendees commented on the benefits of collaborating with a community of experts and active users of the KleinPort system as well as sharing common business problems and solutions in the general port management arena. Throughout the events, discussions were wide ranging including cross-port communication in addition to new interfaces and features.
For the first time, both TUG and the first day of CAG were webcasted to customers who were unable to attend in-person. Saab was pleased with the online turnout, and will continue to offer and improve the webcast experience in the future.
The 2017 KleinPort Customer Advisory Group meetings are planned for Los Angeles, USA with final dates to be confirmed. “This year we had senior customer representatives from Australia, North America, and Europe; our most diverse turnout yet,” said Peter Behrendt, Saab Technologies’ Managing Director. “The engagement of the attendees and the quality of discussion was superb, giving us valuable insight into our customer’s challenges and their visions for their ports.”
Saab Technologies Ltd. is part of the Maritime Traffic Management product area of Saab and a leading provider of Maritime Enterprise Software.
September 14, 2015
Saab Technologies Ltd. hosted its annual KleinPort Customer Advisory meetings in Darwin, Australia from August 18th to 21st, 2015. This year’s attendees included representatives from Darwin Port Corp., Flinders Ports Plc, Fremantle Ports Authority, Maritime Safety Queensland, Pilbara Ports Authority, PNG Ports Corp. Ltd. and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
The Customer Advisory meetings provide a regular opportunity for Saab Technologies management to meet with KleinPort customers and partners to exchange views and information about Saab’s product development plans and the customers’ actual experiences with their KleinPort systems.
“The KleinPort user group represents ports and authorities that hold responsibility for over 70% of port traffic in Australia,” said Peter Behrendt, Saab Technologies’ Managing Director. “We had very productive discussions including Port Collaborative Decision Making (Port CDM) concepts and the latest KleinPort developments.”
The meetings included a tour of the Port of Darwin’s VTS centre (pictured) where port staff use an integrated Saab KleinPort and Saab V-3000 VTMIS to safely manage port traffic.
The next Customer Advisory meetings are scheduled for May 24th – 27th, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada to coincide with the 2016 International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA) Congress being conducted in Vancouver May 30th – June 2nd.
Saab Technologies Ltd. (previously Klein Systems Group Ltd.) is a Saab Defence and Security company, and a leading provider of Maritime Enterprise Software.