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Florida International Terminal LLC Selects Tideworks Technology; FIT Becomes Third Tideworks Customer in Port of Port Everglades.

SEATTLE -- Tideworks Technology(R) Inc., a leading provider of full-service terminal management and planning software solutions for terminal operators, has been selected by Florida International Terminal (FIT) to provide terminal operations solutions and professional IT services for managing container activities at their facility in Port Everglades, Florida. FIT joins Tideworks' growing customer base in the region as Tideworks' third customer in the Port of Port Everglades, and fourth customer in South Florida.

FIT has deployed the latest versions of Tideworks' Mainsail Terminal Management System(R), Mainsail(TM) Online, Spinnaker Planning Management System(R), and Forecast(TM).

"Our decision to align with Tideworks ensures we are running a cost-effective, proven solution that is both flexible and scalable," said Jose Alberto Diaz, vice president and general manager, Florida International Terminal. "In addition, we're providing quality service to our customers who have come to rely on the great advantage of real-time access to information that Tideworks' technology provides."

FIT's current container volume is 40,000 container lifts per year, and volume is expected to soon increase to 60,000 container lifts per year. The FIT facility is 36 acres and has access to five berths and five post-Panamax gantry cranes. Steamship line customers include CSAV, CCNI, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Zim, K-Line, MOL, and Columbia Coastal.

"We're proud to have been selected by FIT to be their technology partner going forward," stated Michael Schwank, president, Tideworks Technology. "Together, we're confident that we will provide the level of service, visibility into operations, and access to information that FIT and its customers require, allowing the terminal to be more productive, efficient, and cost-effective."

FIT is utilizing Tideworks' terminal management suite, which includes the following components:

--Mainsail Terminal Management System: Mainsail provides real-time inventory management, flexible workflow tools, and comprehensive integration with other business-critical systems and port partners. The system provides terminal operators with complete visibility and control of cargo at the gate, in the yard, and on vessels or rail cars, and is designed to provide faster, more efficient cargo processing.

--Mainsail Online: Mainsail Online provides enhanced, instantaneous communication by giving customers and partners access to selected terminal data via an intuitive Web interface.

--Spinnaker Planning Management System: Spinnaker provides terminal operators with fully-integrated vessel, berth, yard, and rail planning tools in one workspace. Spinnaker's intuitive user interface is designed to maximize the efficiency of terminal operations, increasing cargo volume and reducing vessel turn time.

--Forecast: Forecast helps terminals communicate faster and easier with trucking companies, shippers, consignees, brokers, and other parties. The system provides online tracking of cargo and real-time information such as import container availability, vessel schedules, activity reports, and booking statuses. Forecast aims to provide the terminal with faster gate turn times and reduced customer service costs. For the shipping community, Forecast is designed to improve planning and resource management, resulting in hassle free gate transactions and less calls to the terminal.

About Tideworks Technology

Tideworks is the 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, visit www.tideworks.com.

Tideworks Technology, Mainsail Terminal Management System, Forecast and Spinnaker Planning Management System are either registered trademarks or 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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