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DP World introduces era of automation in Indian ports sector

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Date: 31/03/2017
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NSIGT ‘AUTOMATED GATES’ - Powered by OCR Technology

Mumbai:Global trade enabler DP World operated Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal (NSIGT), introduces another pioneering initiative in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.

Automated Gates, powered by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Technology, are being introduced for the first time in India’s Ports Sector at NSIGT. DP World has always been a pioneer in technological advancements and in facilitating “ease-of-doing-business”.

This futuristic technology can establish single transaction in less than three seconds and will enable NSIGT to have a faster gate turnaround time from the current five minutes to less than sixty seconds. The Automated Gates will further enhance operational efficiency, productivity and ensure seamless movement of cargo by eliminating man and machine interface.

It is a revolutionary technology, implemented to demonstrate enhancement in efficiency to facilitate the ease of doing business and is believed to be highly beneficial to the port community and the trade at large.

The gates were inaugurated by Dr. John Joseph Chief Commissioner – Customs, Dr. C DhananjayaNaik, Senior Commandant, CISF, Mr. Ashish S.Pednekar, President, BCHA, Mr. Anil Wats, Group Chief Operating Officer, DP World and other top dignitaries from the trade fraternity.

Mr. Anil Singh, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World Subcontinent said, “In line with our vision ‘To Lead the Future of World Trade’, we constantly seek to introduce new services and technology thereby strengthen global supply chain for the benefit of the EXIM trade. With NSIGT, ‘Automated Gates’, we will be unfolding a new chapter in India’s ports sector. The futuristic technology launched to provide smart trade solutions for our customers, to facilitate the ease of doing business and to benefit the port community and the trade at large.”

Dr. John Joseph –Chief Commissioner Customs Zone-II said “70 years since our Independence, we have now moved on to automated technology.  This is the initiative undertaken by DP World to introduce a new trend of using advanced technology at the port. This will reduce congestion at the gates and will certainly increase the volumes of the port. I expect other container ports to also follow suit and adapt to newer platforms to facilitate ease of doing business.” He complimented DP World for being a pioneer in introducing latest technology in the sector.

Earlier in his welcome address, Capt. Barrington - Sr. Manager - Operations, DP World thanked chief guest, other dignitaries and guests present at the inauguration of Automated Gates, powered by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Technology. He recalled that 70 years ago when Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister he dedicated this port to the nation. 70 years on at the stroke of the noon, DP World Nhava Sheva gives to the nation fully automated gates. This is in keeping with our Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India and the trade’s urgent requirement. We at DP World are pleased to introduce the cutting edge technology, a first of its kind in Gate Automation in the country.

Mr. Ravinder Singh Johal, CEO, NSICT said “DP World is committed to trade in ease of doing business and reducing transaction cost and time. This is the first of its kind technology. We thank the efforts and guidance of the customs and CISF.”

Dr. Dhananjay Naik – CISF Commander said “We welcome this move undertaken by DP World to introduce this technology and take gate operations to the next level.We have not had any complaints from our officials from the previous innovative technology introduced by DP World which means that these systems are working very well and has proved that DP World is moving ahead. We are also looking to implement similar technology at our other CISF establishments.”

Mr. Ashish Pednekar, President, BCHHA commended Anil Wats, Anil Singh and DP world for taking the important initiative for helping the trade, which will reduce dwell time and help the trade. He acknowledged John Joseph, Chief Commissioner Customs and other commissioners present on this momentous occasion.

Capt. Dhananjay VJavadekar, Vice President, All India Operations, MSC thanked DP world for introducing automated technology adding “We look forward to better working, which is more important. This will give a relief to the drivers, cleaners and lower staff and fixing the turnaround time and ideal period.” 

Capt. Anil Wats, Group Chief Operating Officer, DP World, commended the technology and emphasized on how it will enhance trade and facilitate ease of doing business. DP World Chairman recently announced in a meeting with PM in Gujarat about DP World’s future plans.

On the sidelines of the event he also thanked the effort of two people from his organization for their relentless efforts in getting the OCR Technology implemented. He later made a special recognition of the women in day to day operations of Logistics sector and they have proved to be equally competitive. He appreciated Ms. Sanjam Shahi, President, Wistaand Ms. Monal Srivastava, Regional Head – Human Capital, DP World Subcontinentfor their efforts to empower women in Shipping and Ports industry

NSIGT is a model for future port developments in India and features numerous firsts for India’s ports sector. This new technology will permit quick truck turnaround time and alleviate delays, elimination of manual interface and introduction of digital process creates a paperless transaction and readily retrievable data on demand.

The terminal is equipped with remote-operated quay cranes capable to handle the next-generation large size vessels. These cranes also enable the terminal to log higher productivity and operational efficiencies with better safety standards. Also, for the first time at JNPT, revolutionary Electrical Rubber-Tyred Gantry cranes (ERTGs) are being deployed in the container yard. These cranes not only provide high productivity at low operations cost, but will also have a minimal carbon footprint.

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