A state-of-the-art scanner for container screening was recently installed at the Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) subsidiary in Poland through the efforts of the Pomeranian Customs Office.
This US$2.5 million investment is expected to increase security and safety of the port, reduce service time and advance the terminal’s overall performance.
"BCT and the Port of Gdynia have been pioneers in the integration of modern port solutions, and this investment by the Customs Office is a continuation of this commitment. Thanks to the modern scanner, Gdynia cements its position as among the most modern, safest and efficient terminals in this part of the world,” said Krzysztof Szymborski, BCT president.
The dual-energy Rapiscan G-60 scanner shows the content of containers, and can distinguish organic substances from others. Scanning of one container takes only six to eight minutes, significantly hastening customs clearance time at the terminal.
Pomeranian Customs decided to install the scanner at BCT because most of the sea-borne cargo imported to Poland is shipped via BCT, and BCT has been experiencing significant increase in cargo volume for the past two years.
The Port of Gdynia is located on Gdansk Bay, one of major Baltic seaports and Poland’s “window to the world.”
Headquartered in Manila, Philippines, ICTSI is a leading port management company involved in the operations and development of 22 marine terminals and port projects in 17 countries worldwide.
Modern scanner in Gdynia. Photo shows the recent inauguration of a modern container scanner at the Baltic Container Terminal. Present were (from left): Jacek Kapica, Customs Office head; Sławoj Leszek Głódź, Archbishop of Gdańsk; Janusz Jarosiński, Port of Gdynia Authority president; and Krzysztof Szymborski, BCT president.