Tideworks Technology®, Inc., a full-service provider of comprehensive terminal management and planning software solutions, today announced that GB Group has selected to implement Tideworks terminal operating system (TOS) solutions for its greenfield container terminal, Port Lafito, S.A., in Haiti.
Located just 19 kilometers north of the Port-au-Prince industrial zone and international airport, Port Lafito’s primary objective is to deliver a modern port and terminal operations to efficiently serve the needs of both Haitian and international markets. Port Lafito forms part of an integrated economic zone project being developed by GB Group on 300 hectares of privately owned land. The project lies at the crossroads of two major highways, which lead directly to the country’s agricultural heartland, and aligns with the government’s goals of decentralization and promotion of infrastructure development outside the congested city of Port-au-Prince.
“We are very excited about this project, which will have significant economic impact on Haiti and the region,” states Pierre Liautaud, project manager for Port Lafito. “We knew we would need a comprehensive TOS solution to help us manage what will be Haiti’s first modern container terminal, and we couldn’t be happier with our selection of Tideworks. Its solutions fully map to our envisioned operations and will provide us with the tools we need to be productive and efficient. We look forward to working with their team.”
The project will include the deployment of Tideworks’ Mainsail Vanguard® core TOS, Forecast® web portal, Spinnaker Planning Management System®, and its Traffic Control™ equipment dispatch system. Tideworks will furnish all associated implementation services, including project management, software configuration and installation, user training and go-live assistance. Post go-live, Tideworks will deliver its platinum software maintenance and support services, which include 24/7 technical support and all software upgrades. Tideworks will also provide Port Lafito on-going, remote support of the IT infrastructure under an information technology services agreement.
“The importance of this port project for a nation still recovering from the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake cannot be overstated,” says Michael Schwank, president of Tideworks Technology. “We are pleased to play a part in helping Port Lafito become an efficient, modern cargo handling facility and thrilled to be working with the great folks at GB Group.”
In addition to the port terminal, the group operates an off-dock container yard, which will also be managed by the Tideworks TOS solution. Project implementation is scheduled for completion in Q1 2015, when Port Lafito expects to commence terminal operations.