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ICTSI Gdynia wins port operations innovation awards
Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) recently won Gold and Bronze Innovation Awards for its exceptional port projects and undertakings in Poland’s transport sector.BCT’s design, production and use of a cross-beam for loading and unloading heavy, large cargoes into containers won the gold, while a new IT system, TOPIK, a module for planning and management of work in the terminal, won the bronze.
BCT received the awards during the Transport Innovations Forum organized by the Centre for Analyses of Transport and Infrastructure Foundation and the Polish Foundation for Management Promotion, with the participation of domestic and foreign partners. Honorary patrons of the forum were the Polish Ministry of Regional Development, European Commission, Marshal of the Małopolska Region, the Office of the Mayor of Kraków, and the Polish Chamber of Commerce as well as Polish and foreign schools. Kazimierz Giczkowski, BCT Technical Director, designed and manufactured the cross-beam. The device optimizes cost and time for loading goods. Its overall dimension is similar to the size of a container door, and with a maximum net weight that can be put into a container. It significantly reduces loading and unloading times, and allows work without moving a container from a platform. Before the introduction of the cross-beam, unloading and loading of large cargoes were among the most difficult tasks at BCT.
Meanwhile, BCT Information Technology designed and implemented the TOPIK system. It is capable of generating comprehensive reports and managing terminal operations, both in-house and outsourced work. The system will also be implemented in a several terminals of the ICTSI Group all over the world.
“In countries of the European Union, increasing importance is attached to modern ways of transport management, particularly with respect to competitiveness at local, national and international levels. Solutions applied by BCT are examples of such measures, especially the cross-beam, which makes work efficient and substantially reduces energy consumption during the unloading process. The TOPIK system, meanwhile, optimizes operations, and can be very useful during global economic downturns,” said Andrzej Urbanik, Polish Road Transport Technology Platform Secretary General.
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