We’re coming to the end of 2020, and it’s time to stop for a second and look back at what we’ve accomplished thus far. MGI has had a successful year, with four new port communities deciding to equip themselves with the next generation Port Community System, Ci5.
In April 2020, C.C.S. Hauts-de-France, which represents the port community in Dunkirk, decided to switch from the old AP+ system to Ci5. Around 190 people received training from MGI on site in September. The system was launched on 11 October, with the container ship CMA CGM Zheng He making the first port call handled using Ci5. For the first time, MGI deployed the Groupage module for logistics operators. This new Ci5 feature provides users with better tracking of goods in consolidation warehouses.
Under a new agreement with BIP+ (Bordeaux Informatique Portuaire), a subsidiary of the Union Maritime et Portuaire de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Maritime Port Union), MGI was simultaneously working to deploy Ci5 in the Bordeaux port community. The container ship “Atlantas” from the CMA CGM group made the first port call on 5 November. This was preceded by 10 days of training for around one hundred operators, including freight forwarders, terminal operators, shipping agents and representatives from the port authority, customs and more. MGI teams followed this up by visiting 21 companies to help them with their first operations.
The port community in Sète has also decided to invest in becoming a Smart Port and signed on to get Ci5 in late June 2020. In this case, Ci5 is geared towards the high levels of RO-RO traffic going through Sète, which requires fast processing and response times. Ci5 will also directly contribute to doing away with multiple paper declarations, making transit through the port faster, easier and more efficient. One hundred and sixteen users are currently being trained, and the first port call is planned for 8 December 2020.
In the French Overseas Territories, Martinique is modernizing its digital infrastructure. On Thursday 26 November, Martinique’s Port Community System (PCS) management company, Port+, signed an agreement for Ci5 deployment. The partnership with MGI began in 2007 with the deployment of AP+ for handling import and export container traffic, along with bulk traffic, at the Pointe des Grives terminal. Thirteen years later, the Martinique port community is once again showing its leadership and active role in the Caribbean, through the roll-out of the Ci5 system planned for March 2021.
Rémi JULIEN, CEO of the MGI Executive Board says: “Thanks to all our customers for choosing us. We have kept working through the latest health crisis to continue the essential work of modernizing our supply chains. Ci5 will continue to evolve to include more services, connectivity, and better integration with the digital platforms of our public- and private-sector partners.”