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Montecon, Uruguay: fusion of two TOS

The company called Flux IT Ports for the purposes of integrating its port core with Navis N4.

Context

Montecon S.A. is the main operator in the public areas of the port of Montevideo, Uruguay, both for containers and general and project load. The company operates in the terminal since 2000, and in 2007, it joined Grupo Schandy rom Uruguay and Grupo Ultramar from Chile. It currently manages around 50% of the containers market in the country which makes it become a world class company. 

Challenge

The company has TOS EasyStow, developed in-house for the holding. The operating system satisfies today the needs of the terminal in aspects such as reception and delivery of containers, reefers management, EDI integration, integration with Customs, reports drafting and different planning functions in patio and vessels.

Montecon decided to extend its port core acquiring the SPARCS N4 solution of Navis in order to give greater support to operational activities and increase efficiency of processes.

The teams of Flux IT Ports and Montecon joined with the purpose of making co- existence between both TOS operative and to take advantage of the strengths of each of them keeping data synchronization and assuring integrity and consistency of information.

Solution

We designed architecture to satisfy the demands of integration, composed of three elements: the two TOS (EasyStowand N4) and a Middleware layer that joins them. This is also formed by two main components of ETL type (Extract, Transform and Load), developed by the teams of Flux IT Ports and Montecon, aimed at taking information from one of the TOS, process it and send it to the target (the other TOS), guaranteeing integrity and order of data to keep rules of priorities and prevent mistakes.

Benefits

Synchronized information in real time in both TOS.

Integration without technically intervening TOS, favoring their evolutionary development (upgrades).

Guaranteed data integrity and reception in an order that does not cause information inconsistency or mistakes.

Impact

We planned Go Live jointly and in advance, taking into consideration the quantity and diversity of operations that were synchronized. This took a little longer than a week (in which the Terminal continued operating without delay) and had great results as to project quality.

During the first two weeks of activity, 53 ships were operated and there were 7.835 loads, 10.044 unloads, 4.462 export reception and 4.527 import deliveries.

“Talking to Flux IT Ports people, we felt that they understood what they were saying and helped us to shape the project and our needs. They understood our requirements and were able to give us feedback from a technical point of view. At port level, it is difficult to find suppliers in this field that can integrate an own TOS with Navis. I can highlight that the team of Flux IT Ports can understand the business, clearly know how Navis works and the possibilities it provides us with at the time of integration.”

Juan Pablo Soca, IT Project Leader – Montecon

Key words: Integration; Navis; Sparcs N4; Montecon; Go Live; mirrored; TOS; synchronization.