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Tideworks Implements Terminal Operating System Software in Manzanillo, Mexico

SSAM’s “Terminal Especializada de Contenedores” (TEC) in Manzanillo, the most important and most productive single container terminal in all of Mexico, is now utilizing Tideworks Technology’s innovative container terminal management software suite to manage all aspects of its operations and planning, replacing Navis™ SPARCS and Navis Express.

Tideworks Technology® Inc., a leading provider of full-service terminal management and planning software solutions for terminal operators, today announced the completion of its software implementation project at SSA Mexico’s (SSAM) container terminal in Manzanillo, Mexico. SSAM’s “Terminal Especializada de Contenedores” (TEC) in Manzanillo, the most important and most productive single container terminal in all of Mexico, is now utilizing Tideworks Technology’s innovative container terminal management software suite to manage all aspects of its operations and planning, replacing Navis™ SPARCS and Navis Express.



“The synergy between Tideworks and our facility in Manzanillo makes this a natural fit,” said Troy Hatherell, general manager, SSAM Manzanillo. “Our move to Tideworks also ensures we’re running the most advanced, up-to-date systems with continual support. We’re particularly pleased with Tideworks’ ability to adapt its Terminal Operating System to our unique operating environment.”



SSAM’s dedicated container terminal in Manzanillo handled some 505,300 TEU’s in 2005, 63% of the total container volume in the Port of Manzanillo, almost 50% of Mexico’s west coast volume, and roughly 25% of the country’s seaborne container traffic. The facility anticipates handling approximately 624,000 TEU’s in 2006.



The Manzanillo terminal is now managing operations using new, enhanced versions of Tideworks’ Mainsail Terminal Management System® (TOS), Spinnaker Planning Management System® (graphical planning for vessel, yard, and rail operations), and Traffic Control™ (electronic dispatch of work instructions and control of terminal equipment). The implementation project included the design and development of new modules within Mainsail, such as a comprehensive billing module for handling complex tariff and rate schedules, a service module for receiving service requests and generating work orders, and a CFS module for handling the functions performed at SSAM’s on-dock Container Freight Station. Additional enhancements included new gate functionality, automated manifests, and language localization, which enables the display of many of the user screens in Spanish.



“This has been an incredible project for Tideworks,” said Michael Schwank, president, Tideworks Technology. “In Manzanillo we’ve been able to really showcase the advanced functionality of our systems and our ability to tailor them in a way that truly meets the unique needs of the terminal.”



Other benefits that SSAM will perceive as a result of the switch to Tideworks Technology include:



Continual Support: SSAM will receive around the clock technical support from a regional representative located in Manzanillo as well as via Tideworks’ 24-hour Service Center in Seattle.

Ongoing Upgrades: As part of Tideworks’ standard software maintenance and support program, SSAM will receive ongoing software updates and upgrades.

Robust Rail Planning: The SSAM Manzanillo terminal has on-dock rail and performs more than 100,000 rail lifts per year. Spinnaker’s rail planning module, one of the most well-rounded and robust rail planning modules available in the market, provides terminals with full support of Universal Machine Language Equipment Registry, graphical railcar and track management, support of Automatic Equipment Identification readers, and “auto stow” functionality enabling planners to load the train with a click of a mouse.

About Tideworks Technology



Tideworks is a leading provider of cost-effective, reliable software solutions for growing terminal operations and shipping lines worldwide. The company helps more than 6,000 users at over 50 terminals serving virtually every major steamship line run their operations more efficiently and profitably. From optimized equipment utilization to faster turn times, Tideworks works at every step of terminal operations to maximize productivity and customer service. For more information about Tideworks Technology, a division of Carrix, Inc., visit www.tideworks.com.



About SSA Mexico (SSAM)



SSAM is a leading terminal operator in Mexico, with operations in five ports throughout the country. In Manzanillo, SSAM operates the only dedicated container terminal, handling more than 60% of the total container volume of the port. In Veracruz, SSAM operates a specialized ro-ro terminal, where it handles some 80% of the total volume of vehicles. SSAM also operates two passenger cruise ship facilities in the ports of Cozumel and Progreso. Finally, SSAM handles both automobile carriers and cruise ships in the Port of Acapulco, where – together with partner TMM – it also serves as the Port Administrator. For more information, visit www.ssamexico.com.



Tideworks Technology, Mainsail Terminal Management System, and Spinnaker Planning Management System are registered trademarks of Tideworks Technology in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.





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