The Port of New York and New Jersey’s Council on Port Performance (CPP) announced that the new Terminal Information Portal System (TIPS) launched on Tuesday, September 1, at 12:01 a.m.
The first system of its kind in the United States, TIPS is a central web portal that enables users to check container availability and export booking status as well as to obtain information on terminal-specific news such as extended hours, holiday schedules or row closures at all six of the port’s container terminals. Users can also use the system to obtain information on empty container return locations and vessel schedules.
TIPS is provided by Sustainable Terminal Services, Inc. (STS), a nonprofit corporation whose members include five of the six marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey. STS developed TIPS in response to a Tier One recommendation of the Port Performance Task Force which led to the current Council on Port Performance. The recommendation called for a port-wide community information system that would give port users a central web platform from which they could access a variety of information to streamline their business processes. Previously, STS developed and implemented the RFID-based truck identification system designed to enhance security and the environmental quality of the port area.
TIPS functionality is available to truckers, beneficial cargo owners, and other service providers.
While TIPS will eventually provide interactive functionality for empty container return locations and vessel schedules, STS wanted to deliver this central system in advance of the peak shipping season to assist port users.
“Effective information management is critical to an efficient intermodal supply chain. TIPS will help optimize logistics planning and information sharing in the port,” said Molly Campbell, Port Commerce Department Director for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Chair of the CPP.
While TIPS is user friendly and very intuitive, a series of brief Web-based demonstrations has been scheduled for all port users who may be interested. These demos will be held on Thursday, September 3rd at 11 AM and 1 PM; on Tuesday, September 8th at 1 PM; and on Tuesday, September 15th at 1 PM. All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST). To RSVP and receive login information, please contact Inga Berryman at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, affiliation, and desired session.