By John Lee.
Sweden's JLT Mobile Computers has announced that it has successfully delivered a total of 50 JLT VERSO 12 mobile computers to the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT).
BGT, a container and multi-purpose cargo handling facility at the port of Umm Qasr, is operated by Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI); it opened an extension to its facility on 12th October, with the first container lifted by one of two new ship-to-shore cranes during the opening ceremony.
In this part of the Middle East, temperatures can reach the extremes on a daily basis, so it's essential that the computers used can withstand this environment to ensure that operations keep running seamlessly. Any interruption in service, however small, can have massive knock-on effects on productivity.
Sebastiano Cerneka, ICTSI's Head of IT for Europe and the Middle East, said:
"Basra Gateway Terminal has one of the harshest operating environments for a port terminal in the world.
"This summer, we recorded a temperature of 53°C, the hottest in the Western Hemisphere. During that time the JLT VERSO 12 computers, which are not used in air conditioned environments, kept working.
"Being able to rely on JLT's VERSO 12 rugged mobile computers means we can continue to meet the needs of shipping lines and cargo shippers despite the extreme weather and temperatures we experience as a matter of course."