Inspection of Containers
Delivery of Containers
Achievements of Operations
BAAS International Group (BIG) is the current contractor for Riyadh Dry Port and is responsible for handling container movement and delivery thereby increasing commerce and trade in the capital city Riyadh of Saudi Arabia. BAAS International Group(BIG) has the unique distinction of being the 1st Dry Port in the world to implement NAVIS N4 2.3 as the terminal operating system. Also Riyadh Dry Port is the 1st Dry Port and 5th in the World to implement N4 2.3 + SAP + Psilog Techlogix Wi-Fi. This would enable all the shipping lines and agents in the world to track their containers online and also record online movement of containers once it has entered at Riyadh Dry Port. NAVIS N4 has three main parts-
N4 is primarily used for Data Entry and Report Generation. BIG has access to Saudi EDI Website and can download all EDI information related to container movement before the vessel arrives at Dammam King Abdul Aziz Sea Port. This downloaded EDI information can be uploaded in NAVIS N4 system without any manual intervention. N4 has highly configurable EDI and it can be uploaded in any standard formats. This data can be used for report generation for all shipping lines and agents. These reports can be customized to specific user requests pertaining to their native systems for easier transfer and upload of reports. N4 currently supports the internationally recognized formats of reports like CODECO, COARRI and BAPLIE. Currently China Shipping Line (CSL), OOCL and Hanjin lines and using the CODECO reports being generated by N4 system. All the reports are sent to shipping lines and agents every day by 9 A.M. Also whenever requests are sent from the shipping lines regarding container movement BIG’s planning team responds to their requests without any delay. N4’s Rail Options provide for advanced monitoring and management of rail operations. BIG has utilized these rail Options to track and locate containers irrespective of the location, Dammam or Riyadh. BIG have offices in both King Abdul Aziz Sea Port in Dammam where the loading of containers is recorded on wagons and the movement is tracked intermediate between Dammam and Riyadh. Finally when the train reaches Riyadh these containers are offloaded from wagons and the movement along with the location is monitored using Wireless Psilog Techlogix equipment. This offers all the shipping lines with better monitoring and movement of containers.
BIG has vastly utilized Sparcs N4 system foundation which is built on highly scalable fault tolerant architecture based upon the latest J2EE design concepts, advanced metadata driven model and highly configurable business rules. BIG’s SPARCS N4 is designed to meet specific needs with system options that involve advanced configuration, customization and integration. Standard options offer full configurability and flexibility of SPARCS N4.
XPS is another powerful module that BIG has utilized for its planning and yard utilization. With effective planning and utilization BIG can handle atleast 20% more containers in the same area than previous contractors. The current yard capacity can be put to use more efficiently than earlier. This was clearly evident in the month of May when BIG reached a highest of 26,000 TEU’s container movement than ever before since the inception of Riyadh Dry Port in 1982. Saudi Railways Organization SRO has acknowledged this as the revenue earned in the month of May was the highest in the past 25 years. With BIG”s experienced planning all the yard assignments are made automatically and are subject to the ease of equipment being handled by the operators leading to efficient utilization of yard space, efficient movemet and reduced operating costs. Each container is assigned to its optimal position based upon the business rules and constraints of the terminal providing a much higher utilization of the yard space, up to 90% of reduction in re handles and enhanced equipment utilization. SPARCS N4 also provides configurable planning and control user interface, an easy to use yard Editor, advanced holds and permissions management. When a container arrives at Riyadh Dry Port there will be 3 types of holds applicable on the containers. The 1st hold is to determine if the freight charges have been paid or not, the 2nd hold is to subject to Customs inspection and the 3rd hold for payment of Container Charges Report and Port Charges Report.
BIG’s facility planning and control offers complete management of rail operations for terminals. A Detailed Yard model, graphical yard views and real time yard planning are all a part of the advanced system implemented by BIG. Efficiently choreograph real time container moves among container handling equipment operators with Equipment Control. All these are a part of ECN 4 module. ECN 4 also offers plan, view and check container movement and container planning and control. Inspection of rail roads and discharges on and off rail are a part of the control. Advanced rail options automatically plan rail loads based on the suer defined requirements. As a part of this BIG’s planning team can determine which containers to be moved in which locations before the arrival of the wagons carrying different types of containers. BIG has 2 gates configured, In Gate to record incoming Trucks for delivery of containers and Empty Gate to record arrival of Empty containers to be loaded back to Dammam once the consignee has cleared his cargo. BIG has also implemented Reefer tracking, monitoring and control 24X7. Any breakdown of reefer container is monitored by the reefer technician who informs the planning team and necessary actions like cross stuffing of cargo takes places to minimize the effect of the damage. BIG’s implementation of SPRACS N4, XPS and Equipment control has led to better truck management in the terminal. The truck turnaround time which was earlier close to 2 hours has been reduced to less than 10 minutes subject to customs inspection and cargo clearance. BIG’s has enabled Riyadh Dry Port attain highest standards in terms of operations management, yard utilization, powerful and flexible reporting, hazardous detail, Inventory, Event and reporting management. BAAS International Group has implemented the world’s leading ERP solutions provider SAP to support its Terminal Operating System NAVIS. SAP provides Human Resource Management, Sales and Distribution and Financial Administration to Riyadh Dry Port. All the billing details are recorded in SAP. Freight charges are collected at Dammam before the container arrives at Riyadh Dry Port. Container Charges and Port Charges are collected once the container has actually arrived at Riyadh Dry Port. This provides more transparent and flexible billing as compared to billing followed by previous port contractors. All the shipping lines and agents are sent invoices for each and every container billed and hence the transparency. Reports generated from SAP for billings are detailed in every way bill number and this provides a clear amount of revenue generated to SRO. Employee salary details and other expenses are calculated in SAP using Human Resource Management module.
SAP provides all the billing details to every clearing agent and once the amount is paid at the bank, the total amount of revenue generated is calculated at the end of every day. Weekly and monthly reports from SAP determine the health and the statistics of Riyadh Dry Port. SAP plays a supporting role to the Terminal Operating System NAVIS.
The overall objectives of the Department is to Service and Maintain our fleet of equipment i.e. supporting the Operations Department through the availability of the Container Handling Equipment. The Operations department also enjoy the support from the eleven Reefer Technicians who monitor the condition of the Reefer cargos on a 24 hrs basis reporting to the Operations Manager.
Our company owned Equipment consists of the following:
FUNCTIONS Number of Equiptments
Psilog Techlogix Wireless are installed in Riyadh Dry Port and these enable all the Radio Data Terminals (RDT’s), Vehicle Mounted Terminals (VMT’s) and Hand Held Devices to communicate with NAVIS SPARCS N4 system in recording the movement and location of containers. All the Straddle Carriers, Reach Stackers and Trucks are installed with these equipments and the controlling happens with the Equipment Control Department in NAVIS.
With these latest Innovative technologies and path breaking equipments BAAS International Group can be proclaim of having achieved the distinction of being the only Dry Port in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to start NAVIS N4 2.3 + SAP + Psilog Techlogix E
Saudi Railways Organization
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) is the parent body that owns Riyadh Dry Port. The port was started in 1982 under the patronage of SRO. Together with Saudi Customs, which handles all Inspection of Cargo/Containers SRO has been instrumental in managing the port in the past. Baas International Group was awarded the contract to Operate, Maintain and Develop the Port in 2012 and since then BIG in joint partnership with SRO has been able to make sweeping changes inside the dry port.
Operations: SRO runs and operates the wagon trains from Dammam to Riyadh. Every day an average of 6-7 trains carrying 700-900 containers are loaded at King Abdul Aziz Sea Port Dammam and eventually arrive at Riyadh Dry Port. SRO has both DOUBLE WAGONS which can carry Twenty Foot Container’s (2) and Forty Foot Container (1). Normal Wagons are designed to carry a single Twenty Foot Container or a single Forty Foot Container. SRO also runs Reefer Trains equipped with Generators to carry Refrigerated Cargo. In addition to this SRO also run special wagons to handle RORO cargo.
In partnership with SRO, we have made a lot of improvements to the dry port, starting with the implementation of the world’s most advanced Terminal Operating System; the software developers “NAVIS” and bringing in an integrated portfolio of automation technologies to leverage the capabilities of the NAVIS system. Our Riyadh Dry Port was the world’s first port to implement the latest version of NAVIS called N4 2.3 and, to date, remains the only port in Saudi Arabia running NAVIS N4 2.3 linked to SAP. As a result of this pioneering initiative, BPS was recently presented with the “Award of Recognition” in the “Customer Impact” Category at NAVIS World 2015 in San Francisco California.
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