MANILA – Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), International Container Terminal Services Inc.'s (ICTSI) container terminal in the Port of Gdynia, Poland will be increasing its vessel handling capacity through the arrival of two new quay cranes (QC).
The new QCs measure more than 60 meters high with a reach of more than 50 feet over the water, and have a capacity of more than 60 tons.
Each crane can service 19-bay wide container vessels, which in practice are ships with 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacities.
The cranes were supplied and manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., and arrived in Gdynia on December 7 aboard the vessel Zhen Hua 8.
“It is certainly a very important date in the history of the BCT. Not only will the new cranes replace the old ones damaged two years ago, they will also increase our vessel handling capacity significantly. It is another step towards serving large ocean ships in Gdynia,” said Krzysztof Szymborski, chief executive officer of BCT.
The QCs, which aim to boost BCT's status as a key port in Eastern Europe and in the Baltic region, are part of a $58 million investment program, which was initiated in 2012.
The investment, co-funded by the European Union and the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program, covers the purchase of reloading equipment including railway gantry cranes, straddle carriers and container trailers. It also involved the surface replacement of storage yards and the roll out of specialized terminal IT systems.
Meanwhile, the retrofitting of the BCT railway terminal has also been carried out in coordination with the Management Board of the Gdynia Port Authority.
The expansion will facilitate the simultaneous servicing of full length trainloads, thus increasing BCT's overall capacity by 50 percent.
The Enrique Razon-led ICTSI is an international operator of common-user container terminals serving the global container shipping industry.
It is the largest port operator in the Philippines and has a portfolio of 29 container terminal operations in 21 countries across six continents.