Success Story • September 22 ,2022

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) – Case study

TOPIC • Ports & Terminals


“I have personally been involved in many ‘go lives’, but never one of this size and scale and also never one that has gone so well in so many areas, including change management, adoption of new processes and frontline technology. Without a doubt, the ownership of this project - from the shareholder level to the hatch clerk front line and everybody in between - has been second to none. This is the result of a lot of hard work from many people, both onsite and globally. Thanks to our great foundation and Navis’ second to none commitment to this project’s success, we have done what many thought was impossible, by migrating one of the single biggest facilities in the world with no unplanned impact to our landside or waterside customers." - Joe Schofield, COO, Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP)


In August 2018, PTP set the new record for the largest volume of cargo ever stowed on a single vessel, reporting 19,038 TEU with the Mumbai Maersk. Following that accomplishment, and in the face of rapidly increasing processing needs, the terminal recognized the need for change. Operating on Navis SPARCS and Express for years, the software had reached the “end of life”, according to PTP, with no further enhancements of upgrade areas available to meeting growing demands. The time had come to join the majority of other terminals that previously operated SPARCS/Express but had since made the transition to N4. PTP successfully upgraded to N4 in 2019.

While on the Navis system, PTP continued its steadfast growth and in June 2019 broke its standing record by loading 19,284 TEU onto Maersk Monaco, a second generation Triple E vessel that has a capacity of 20,568 TEU. But it did not stop there, once live on N4 by July 2019, the port did it again, securing its third back-to-back record for vessel utilization after the MSC Gulsun, the largest container ship in the world, departed with 19,574 TEU. This milestone squarely puts PTP among the limited number of ports world-wide with the capacity and capability to accommodate mega size vessels as it is outfitted with the right facilities and equipment. Its strategic investment in N4 will ensure the port keeps up with rapid changes within the shipping industry and is able to service the latest generation of container vesseld designed to handle increasingly bigger volumes.