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Camco to provide gate automation at BCTN Alblasserdam

Camco to provide gate automation at BCTN Alblasserdam
The terminal offers 15 weekly calls to Rotterdam

Dutch barge terminal BCTN Alblasserdam has selected Camco Technologies as its gate automation partner, as it looks to optimise terminal automation processes.

Utilising two bi-directional Camco truck optical character recognition (OCR) portals, the terminal will have fast access to truck and cargo data, helping to increase truck and container turnaround.

This methodology enhances the process of handling and shunting the containers to the adjacent business of Peute, which will move its current business to the location next to the BCTN terminal.

BCTN Terminal Alblasserdam, which is one of eight terminals run by the operator in the Netherlands and Belgium, links the Port of Rotterdam with the Dutch hinterland.

With an annual capacity of 140,000 teu and with 15 calls per week to Rotterdam, the facility handles all container types for all major carriers, relying on its own barge fleet.

To meet increasing demand, the operator is investing in additional infrastructure as well as automation. A second gantry crane is expected to be in operation from the first quarter of 2022.

Embracing the digital transformation, BCTN has teamed up with Camco Technologies for the automated identification and registration of all in- and outbound trucks and containers.

BCTN CEO Joop Mijland said: “Camco is a robust and reference partner, with senior consultants understanding the process and thinking in smart solutions.

“With future investments in the Netherlands and Belgian BCTN terminals, Camco seemed the natural choice for the next automation projects.”

The two OCR portals, which are equipped with high-end area and line-scan cameras, will enable the terminal to have fast and accurate access to in- and outgoing truck and cargo data.

Data from the checks will feed the terminal operating system (TOS), allowing efficient planning of road, yard, quay and barge operations.

On-camera and AI image recognition algorithms will aim to provide fast and accurate truck and container data when trucks drive through the camera portal: truck LPR, container number, ISO code, IMDG labels and classification, as well as seal presence will be checked.

Clear pictures will provide information for condition recording and help BCTN assessing damage claims.

Jan Bossens, CEO Camco Technologies stated: “We are convinced our expertise will increase performance and create value at the Alblasserdam terminal.”