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DP World installs fully automated terminal operating system at Jebel Ali Port’s Terminal 3

Mohammed Al Muallem

DP World, UAE Region, has completed the implementation of ZODIAC, a terminal operating system (TOS), in Jebel Ali Port’s Container Terminal 3 (CT3). The fully automated system includes advanced solutions for remote control of the port’s facilities.

With this achievement, CT3 will be able to integrate with any terminal that uses the same automation system. Thus, enhancing its ability to ensure smooth operations even during crises, providing businesses with complete support to access the global supply chain with high efficiency and capacity.

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “We have promised our leadership in the UAE, and all our customers and partners, to be one of the first entities to accelerate the recovery of the economy despite the pandemic, by implementing the state-of-the-art digital systems, to ensure sustainability of our operations and keep trade flowing.

“With our constant efforts, we work hard to fulfil our responsibility as the key player that is securing vital supplies of food and medical supplies in the country. Our technologically advanced logistical infrastructure empowers our customers to continue their operations efficiently and reach global markets.”

Al Muallem added: “This achievement, which we are proud of, is a result of our long-term efforts to nurture local Emirati experts, who have been the force behind the advanced digital ZODIAC system that outweighs the automation and control capabilities of other systems.

“It has the ability to promote an immediate and direct connection between all facilities and assets of the station, including cranes, large bridges or trucks for transporting and loading containers, in addition to the smart sensors, Internet of Things, and the big data system that we own to enable swift handling of shipments from the ship to the warehouse of the merchant.”

Commenting on this success in implementing ZODIAC advanced digital system, Ibrahim Al Najjar, Director – Information Technology Department, DP World, UAE Region, said: “The latest version that was implemented in Jebel Ali Port’s CT3 represents a quantum leap from its predecessor to 100% automation.

“We increased the automation level to the maximum capacity, delivering a world-class success story. CT3 has now become one of the most sophisticated and intelligent port terminals in the region, comparable to the best smart port terminals in the world.”

Through the implementation of the ZODIAC digital system, CT3 can, in the future, be a part of the largest global network of supply chain, including the DP World terminals around the world, in addition to other major terminals and ports. The advanced digital capabilities of the system are contributing factors to overcome the challenges of the pandemic, aiding to rapid recovery of the disruptive market.

The ZODIAC digital system consists of 18 internal integrated systems, including the cranes’ automation system, berth planning. It also manages the rail and inland container depot (ICD), provides full fleet management, and control to the container freight station.

Additionally, ZODIAC provides real-time container location tracking, clearance, and delivery with billing systems, all supported by the Internet of Things system. ZODIAC can also aid communication with onsite foreman’s PDA devices for on-ground operations and provide an automatic control system for the terminal gates. All these systems are orchestrated by the artificial intelligence system, machine learning.