ABP chooses INFORM to provide a terminal operating system solution

ABP chooses INFORM to provide a terminal operating system solution


Associated British Ports (ABP) has elected active optimisation specialist INFORM to provide a scalable terminal operating system solution with the intention of transforming ABP into the one-stop store for the vehicle’s journey from manufacturer to destination.

The collaboration will start at the Port of Southampton. Amid ABP’s 21 ports, Southampton stands out as the UK’s number one vehicle handling port, handling around 900,000 vehicles per year. 

ABP head of automotive, Brian Steeds, said: “ABP is investing in a range of digitalisation upgrades to enhance its automotive offer. 

“The new Automotive Terminal Operating System in Southampton will bring a wealth of benefits to our customers by enabling efficient compound management, inventory linking and additional services with real time data visibility for customers via a dedicated customer portal.”

Hartmut Haubrich, director vehicle logistics systems at INFORM, said: “Many of our customers around the world deploy our system to also optimise workshop and transportation processes,

 “We look forward to working with ABP and driving the digitalisation of their terminal processes.”

Alastair Welch, ABP regional director at the Port of Southampton, said: “The Port of Southampton is the UK’s number one port for vehicle handling and offers excellent access to the global marketplace. 

“In addition, from this summer, Southampton will become Britain’s first port to implement a private 5G network, which will bring a range of benefits to ABP customers.”

With the new system in place, information about the condition, location, destination, and other modalities of each vehicle will be available at all times and easily documented by multiple teams.

Helping the company’s mission to “Keep Britain Trading”, the project’s aim is to provide a streamlined, fully integrated, terminal operating vehicle management system which covers each port side operation in a single application, including the planning and optimisation of compound, resource, work, and damage management. 

For more information visit www.abports.co.uk

7th June 2021