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Peel Ports Group to deploy Navis TOS at eight locations

British port group Peel Ports is investing in a major technology upgrade at eight sites in the UK and Ireland, where it will implement the Navis N4 terminal operation system.

Driving the upgrade is Liverpool2, a $480 million container terminal for the UK and Ireland that will serve as the platform from which the group will centralize its terminal operation systems. N4 gives terminal operators a scalable platform that can manage multiple terminals from one central location.

The Port of Liverpool is already Britain's third largest container terminal – and the largest serving the trans-Atlantic market. Liverpool2 will double its size and connect directly to a number of port-centric logistics hubs along the Manchester Ship Canal via barge.

When it opens in 2015, Liverpool2 will feature eight Megamax ship-to-shore cranes and a fleet of semi-automated CRMG yard cranes, integrated with the Navis system, and will have the capacity to accommodate two 13,500-TEU vessels simultaneously.

"We operate in an increasingly competitive market and understand that in order to continue growing our business, we need to continue to invest in our customers," said David Huck, port director at Peel Ports. "Full integration of the terminal operating technology is an essential part of this process."

The Navis system will first be installed at the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal at Port of Liverpool, close to where Liverpool2 is currently being built. It will be rolled out to other Peel terminals by 2016.

Peel Ports currently handles 1.2 million TEUs annually and expects volumes to grow to 2.3 million TEUs over the next five years.

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