Objective : deploy the AP+ Cargo Community System (CCS) in the Port of Dunkirk to replace the GEMINI system

Call for tender
: MGI was awarded a contract by the Union Maritime et Commerciale (UMC) in Dunkirk after its 5 June 2012 call for tenders

Implementation date : 2 April 2013


  • Existing IT system:  GEMINI, developed by GECOM, already used by port entities to manage goods
  • Types of traffic : containers, RO-RO, bulk, oil, conventional freight
  • 2 terminals : EAST Terminal and WEST Terminal
  • Port traffic in 2013:44 million tonnes of goods (miscellaneous and bulk), including 166,366 TEUs
  • Port entities : 41 shipping companies, 27 freight forwarders, 9 terminal operators, and 48 agents (cargo and shipping)

Client : Union Maritime et Commerciale (UMC) of Dunkirk and Gestion Commune des Organisations Maritimes (GECOM).


  • UMC
  • The various bodies in the Dunkirk port community
  • Dunkirk Port Authority
  • Dunkirk regional customs authority


  • To offer GEMINI users a community system combining the functionalities of GEMINI and AP+
  • Upgrade the common IT system for long-term use
  • Bring together GEMINI users so that they are all using AP+
  • Partnership:transfer MGI technical and functional expertise and user support to GECOM
  • Gradual functional migration
  • Connect the Port of Dunkirk with its hinterland


  • Audit phase

The audit identified the GEMINI functionalities that were already incorporatedin AP+.It also highlighted new AP+ functionalities that would be available to users to meet their needs (e.g. management of bulk freight).

The specific characteristics of the Port of Dunkirk were then gradually integrated into AP+. The functional scope of the GEMINI out-of-port inventory management module was integrated into AP+.

The Dunkirk port community expressed the need to implement rail/river shipping procedures in AP+ in order to develop its hinterland.

  • IT phase
    • Transfer of MGI expertise to GECOM following the AP+ pre-implementation study
    • Implementation of EDI interfaces : terminal operators, shipping agents and forwarding agents
    • Interface with Delta and ECS customs systems

  • Training phase
    • Transfer of MGI technical expertise, sector-specific knowledge and user support to GECOM so that they are able tooperate independently
    • Number of people trained: 259 (shipping agents, freight forwarding agents, terminal operators, and port authority and customs staff)
    • Implementation of MGI/GECOM level 2 telephone support


  • More reliable and secure information
  • Productivity gains through advanced goods management
  • A port community working together using its Cargo Community System
  • Scope of AP+ more extensive than previous solutions


  • Out-of-port warehouse consolidation management
  • Bulk goods management


After the successful implementation of AP+ in Dunkirk in April 2013, the port community has decided to integrate the bulk freight management module.This development is scheduled for 2015 along with the roll-out of the module for port dues for ships and goods.