Expertise – Key Projects
Pioneering state-of-the-art IT in the Baltics.
In a global economy, maritime container terminals are under pressure to optimise their operations in order to drive efficiencies and meet the demands of corporations’ global outsourcing strategies. Mariner’s terminals have made significant investments in automation. Complex software systems coordinate a ballet of container movements designed to minimise waiting time for cargo as well as reduce the number of man-hours and crane time required for each container.
The company invests and manages new equipment in its marine terminals to build greater efficiencies and productivity for its customers. The company continually reinvests in its operational assets to meet the challenges of world trade. Mariner’s terminal operating systems are instruments that maximise all aspects of the terminal operation including equipment maintenance, man-power deployment and stevedoring.
Mariner is an assiduous believer in the continuous up-grade of its IT-integrated systems at all its port terminals. Similarly, the integrated nature of management of information systems has become the daily grammar of the company for many operations like vessel movements, vessel configurations and loading plan, container quayside loading/unloading sequences, yard planning, equipment control and exchange of information with lines, agents and hauliers. This real-time communication mode ensures the close collaboration between the various roles in operations, engineering, technical, procurement and security. In fact, this service capability has become so effective, it has been introduced to Mariner’s other terminal investments because it is the best method of keeping a container terminal under operational surveillance consistently and efficiently.
Leading the ship-to-rail market in the Baltic States.
In April 2011 BCT almost doubled its railway infrastructure. The terminal now serves 64 (80 foot) rail platforms simultaneously. This new capacity allows the direct proximity of container storage to the rail access zones and a more efficient shunting of block trains, giving BCT a comparative advantage over other terminals in the region. This investment makes BCT a leading player in the ship-to-rail market in the Riga Freeport.
Two more key developments include the construction of additional warehousing and the implementation of an automated gate operating system for train processing. This new system allows the automatic container acceptance and release by rail to and from the terminal. In addition, it provides real-time tracking and tracing of railcars and containers, thus improving management control and acquiring historical information of all container movements.