Largest port in Latin America goes live with BI cargo handling system
The Santos Port Authority (SPA), the public company that manages the largest port in Latin America in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, has launched a new online consultation system for statistics on the movement of goods in order to reduce information lag and increase operations visibility.
Called Estatísticas Online (EO), the business intelligence tool was developed entirely by port technicians in addition to Microsoft’s Power BI software, said Bruno Tolino, superintendent of port planning, in response to a question from BNamericas during an interview. a conference to present the system.
Investment in the platform, which began to be developed this year, was not planned. According to Tolino, however, the amount is “insignificant” since most of the resources were related to SPA’s internal workforce.
For the development of the system, SPA received the contribution of companies operating terminals at the port, such as Brasil Terminal Portuário and DP World, as well as the consulting firm Solve Shipping.
SPA said the plan is to constantly improve the platform to make EO a tool with nearly real-time updated data.
“We operate with a maximum lag of six hours between cargo handling and the database we have internally at SPA. But we want to reduce this as soon as possible,” said Bruno Stupello, Business Development Manager and SPA regulations.
Estatísticas Online will make the monthly data available on the 15th of the following month. The old consultation system will remain available until the end of December. Starting in January, all cargo handling data will be available only on EO.
The system has a summary dashboard with monthly and yearly comparisons and movement records, including by freight type.
Historical cargo handling information by berth, cargo type and terminal, among others, dating back to 2005, will also be available, the SPA said.
At present, the information available relates only to the movement of goods. The platform is standardized to connect, in future phases, to the databases of the regulator Antaq and the Ministry of Infrastructure.
The system, initially available in a beta (trial) format, can be accessed here.
PRIVATIZATION AND 5G
The new BI tool is put online while SPA is about to be privatized.
The port administrator’s sale process is advanced and the terms of the tender are undergoing final analysis at the TCU Court of Auditors, but its launch is now expected to slip into 2023.
As a result, privatization may not materialize.
“We still do not have clear signals on the position of the elected government [of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva]if he is in favor of port privatizations,” the president of the association of port terminals ABTP, Jesualdo Conceição da Silva, told BNamericas in a recent interview.
Santos accounts for 28% of all of Brazil’s merchandise trade.
With 15.5 km2, the complex includes 55 terminals, of which 41 are rented and six are for private use.
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As BNamericas revealed, SPA also plans to apply for a license with telecommunications regulator Anatel to develop its own private 5G network.
SPA is considering three consultants to develop the network and work as the project integrator and port authority interface with Anatel for the limited private service license.
The three are CelPlan Brasil, Lynce Consultoria and Brain Innovation.
The port’s private terminals are also switching to 5G.
Brazilian telecommunications operator TIM and network equipment provider Nokia have been hired to install 5G antennas at Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), one of the largest container terminal operators in the Port of Santos.
BTP’s project involves the deployment of eight sites (antennas and associated equipment) to cover its terminal area, in addition to Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) platform, said Renato Bueno, Nokia’s sales manager for digital industries. in Latin America, at BNamericas.