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Container Management System

Container terminals are very complex and highly capital intensive. They must be well managed to realize their potential capacity and to deliver a reasonable level of efficiency and service performance to their customers. A robust management system cannot be achieved without the IT system(s) – in the case of container terminals; it is usually a TOS system.

The advancement of IT provides a wide range of options for the container terminal operator to computerize its management systems. It can range from a simple data entry and retrieval system to a highly sophisticated computer directed real-time operating system with automation options. The choice depends on the size and capacity of the terminal, the operational setup and its projected growth in the medium term.

container management system is also known as a terminal operating system (TOS) which aims to control the overall movement and storage of various types of cargo (in this case container) within a container terminal.

container terminal system enables container terminals to make better use of its assets – labor and equipment – and to promptly (or real-time) retrieve information, which allows more timely and cost-effective decision making.

Modern and large container terminals are managed by TOS systems, to cope with the high complexity of business processes and supply chain requirements.

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