Durban’s Port The First To Go Smart


South African ports are soon to become "smartports" with the installation of a web-based integrated management system that will tell clients when and where their vessels have berthed.

The system went live at the Port of Durban at the weekend and will be implemented in South Africa’s seven other ports before the end of the year.
Transnet National Port Authority said the system, which will cost R79-million, will provide information on maritime operations and logistics such as the availability of marine pilots and tugs.

It will be available as a smartphone and tablet app, and will replace a manual tracking system notorious for reams of paperwork.

The authority’s chief information officer, Mmutle Lentle, said the system was still in its early stages and would evolve.

It was designed by Navayuga Infotech, of India, in collaboration with South Africa’s Nambiti Technologies. Navayuga has designed similar systems for 96 airports.