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New quay cranes at Baltic Container Terminal in Poland

New quay cranes at Baltic Container Terminal in Poland

In the Port of Gdynia in Poland, Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), belonging to International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), has received two new quay cranes.

The cranes, which arrived in Gdynia in December, are more than 60 m high with a reach of above 50 ft over the water and a capacity of over 60 tonnes.

Krzysztof Szymborski, CEO of BCT, said: “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.”

The cranes, manufactured and supplied by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., can service 19-bay wide container vessels, which equates to ships with 13,000 teu capacities.

The delivery comes as part of a PLN200m (US$58m) investment program, which covers the purchase of reloading equipment including railway gantry cranes, straddle carriers and container trailers.

The program was initiated in 2012 and will increase BCT’s overall capacity by 50%.

Co-funded by the EU and the European Commission’s Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program, it also involves the surface replacement of storage yards and the rollout of specialized terminal IT systems.

A retrofit of the BCT railway terminal has also been carried out in coordination with Gdynia Port Authority’s management board, facilitating the simultaneous servicing of full length trainloads.