CMC's container handling system to drive London Container Terminal

Mumbai, June 12, 2012: The Tata enterprise, CMC, is to provide infotech muscle to the London Container Terminal (LCT) .
Forth Ports Limited, owner of the Port of Tilbury, announced on Monday that its new acquisition, LCT, will deploy CMC’s Marine and Container Handling (MACH) system as part of a new and comprehensive Terminal Operating System. LCT handles more than 500,000 containers this year, making it the third largest single container operation in the UK.

The CMC implementation will fully replace the core terminal operating systems currently in place at LCT and will bring improvements to both the planning and operational aspects of the terminal through the delivery of a world class, modern IT solution. The new system will link to the terminal's automatic gate processing system and will deliver efficiencies in handling and tracking containers both shipside and landside within LCT; as well as allowing for the future expansion of volumes at LCT.

Says Stuart Wallace, Divisional Director, London Container Terminal: “We are delighted to be working with CMC Ltd again on this crucial IT system for London Container Terminal. Our terminal handles in excess of 500,000 containers each year and it is vital that our customers receive the very best service possible. This significant investment in the new system will further enhance our customers’ experience with us and further secure the Port of Tilbury as a major distribution and transhipment hub for London.”
Adds Ramanathan Ramanan, CMC’s Managing Director and CEO: “We have a long relationship with Forth Ports and are delighted that CMC has been chosen once again to implement its Marine Container Handling system (MACH) at the London Container Terminal. Ports and shipping is a sector for which CMC has developed many innovative IT solutions and the trust demonstrated in us by the Board and senior management of Forth Ports is testimony to that.”

CMC has supplied Marine and Cargo Handling systems to Forth Ports since 2004. This includes the implementation of an Integrated Port Operational System (IPOS) in all its Scottish Ports, in the Port of Tilbury and at Nordic Forest Terminals. This system incorporates a container module at Scotland’s largest container terminal at the Port of Grangemouth.