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Gdynia’s Baltic Container Terminal builds handling muscle [Seaport]


Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), Poland’s largest container handling facility, has taken delivery of two new post-Panamax cranes to go into service at its Gdynia terminal.

The two units, built by Kone Cranes and delivered fully erect via barge from the port of Hanko, Finland, are the first of their kind to be introduced into service at BCT, and represent a considerable step up in the terminal’s quayside handling power.

Each of the new cranes, which will be prepared for handover on the terminal at BCT with significant input from BCT technical staff, possesses a lift capacity of 50 tonnes, outreach of 46 metres (enabling working of up to 17 rows of containers across on deck) and a backreach of 20 metres.

The first of the two new units is expected to go into service in mid December, and the second unit to be commissioned shortly afterwards. Following full commissioning of both units, an existing Paceco Panamax dimension crane will be retired from service. Operationally, a total of six cranes will be available from December 2006.

This latest equipment upgrade at BCT follows in the wake of the upgrade of yard container handling systems with the addition earlier this year of four new Kalmar E-One rubber tyred gantries, each capable of stacking containers one over five high, as well as the recent placement of an order for a comprehensive, new generation, container terminal management system with substantial customer friendly features.

Overall, the sizable new investments made this year, part of a rolling investment programme, will raise BCT’s annual throughput capacity to 750,000TEU, and consolidate its position as the premier container handling terminal in Poland.

Posted at 07:43

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