Container Transport Management


Container Transport Management

The TOPS™ system was written specifically for the container transport industry. We know it extensively from a wealth of experience in this sector both in hands-on container transport operations and system design. This knowledge of the business coupled with close working relationships with our customers and operators at the sharp end has helped us produce a solution that is fast becoming the foremost enterprise management system for the container transport sector.

Intermodal Operations

TOPS covers all intermodal operations with road, rail, and coastal feeder movements all fully catered for. Total job visibility is maintained, from job input by a simple wizard or customised EDI link, through resource and job planning, job costing to final invoicing and extensive management reporting. Traffic sheets (or job diaries) can be personally customised to suit the individual operator with jobs filtered by customer, transport movement mode, import/export, port, etc. Load references and container numbers can be edited directly on the Traffic Sheet and a fully customisable resource window caters for own and sub-contracted vehicles.

Optimised for Containers

Jobs can easily be split into trunks allowing allocation of a combination of resources and resource types (train, truck, subcontractor, etc.) with apportionment of revenue and costs to each truck providing very accurate management information. We’ve included lots of specialist tools such as job and trunk twinning and reload wizards, quick reports for empty container restitutions and for pre-exec of loaded export boxes. The system includes ISO container number checking of course and also includes a very easy to use integrated incident and analysis tool.

Comprehensive Solution

The auto-rating system includes a full tariff model based on ports and container depots, rail and inland terminals. Tariffs can be based on a system selected mileage database, customer’s own mileage matrices or simply by location name and rate. TOPS can interface to the FCPS ports system and container depots, to customer and subcontractor systems, and to in-cab telematics solutions. Integrated vessel voyage accounting methods and consolidated moves meet the industry needs. These are just a few of the features – if you’re in the business of transporting containers we think you’ll find TOPS hard to beat.