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ICTSI’s Baltic Container Terminal builds intermodal rail facility

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Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) in Gdynia, Poland, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICTSI, has joined the EU-backed COMODALCE project, designed to improve intermodal rail operations.

Participation in the COMODALCE initiative is the latest in a series of measures implemented by BCT that have combined to lift intermodal rail traffic to account for 30% of BCT’s annual container throughput.

 BCT currently processes 250 intermodal trains operated by 13 intermodal operators on a monthly basis.

 BCT’S market reach via rail includes all major destinations in Poland and extends along the increasingly important trans-European Baltic – Adriatic Corridor (Corridor VI).  The title “COMODALCE” is an abbreviation of the project’s principal objective defined as: “Enhancing COordination in multiMODAL freight transport in Central Europe.”

 BCT is a key participant in the pilot project work that aims to achieve an electronic data interchange platform for rail wagons and the allied handling activity.  This involves two key challenges:  the integration of BCT’s Terminal Operating System (TOS) with the INCOS element of the Gdynia Port Community System and transitioning traditional methods of communication – paper documents, phones, faxes etc. – into a modern electronic format.

 INCOS, now under construction, will connect with the operating systems of all stakeholders –- terminals, intermodal operators, railway carriers, freight forwarders, shipping lines, etc. -- and offers an easy, flexible and low-cost method of connection that enables all parties to feed the platform with data using electronic messages.  This, in turn, facilitates the prompt generation of highly accurate operational plans for each of the system users as required.

 “For BCT and other system users COMODALCE, represents a major area of opportunity to drive cost and qualitative efficiencies across the board,“ said Wojciech Szymulewicz, BCT ceo.   “It presents a new dimension through which we can further streamline intermodal train reception and dispatch.”

BCT’s intermodal rail facilities have seen a major investment programme, implemented jointly by the Port of Gdynia Authority and International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), BCT’s parent company.  Key facilities include three 680m rail tracks and rail-mounted gantries for highly efficient container transfer operations.  BCT is the only terminal in Gdynia that can accommodate a full train length, equivalent to 102 teu, on a single track.

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