Jade puts Polish on exports with Gdansk container port win

Its Master Terminal software has been selected as the port operating system for Poland's new deep-water container terminal

Christchurch’s Jade Software has notched up a major win in Europe, with its Master Terminal software being selected as the port operating system for Poland’s new deep-water container terminal.

DCT Gdansk is Poland’s new, and only, deep-water container terminal. It is due to open for business on June 1.

Backed by Australia’s Macquarie Bank, through the Macquarie Global Infrastructure Fund II, DCT Gdansk has been constructing the new container port since 2005. When complete, the port will be the largest of its kind in the region and the most easterly ice-free port in the Baltic.

“DCT Gdansk will represent the largest of more than 20 sites around the world in which Jade Master Terminal manages cargo flows at ports,” says Jade managing director Rod Carr.

Colin Chanter, DCT Gdansk’s chief executive, says: “When planning to build this terminal, we knew that selecting the best terminal operating system would be a key decision. After investigating all options, we selected Jade Master Terminal because it was a modern, fully integrated solution that would allow us to maximise the operation of our terminal, while providing easy access to information for our customers.”

Carr says the contract represents a resounding endorsement of Jade Master Terminal’s capabilities and of the company’s emerging presence in the international container-terminal market.

Phase one of terminal construction began in October 2005. The 36-hectare container terminal is being constructed on a greenfield site that was a beach, which is situated on the eastern side of Gdansk harbour. In addition to the new container terminal, a large block of land adjacent to the site has been earmarked as a state-of-the-art logistics park, providing a major logistical boost for the Gdansk area and for Poland.

The terminal will be able to handle a maximum capacity of half-a-million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) per annum, with roll-on, roll-off berth capacity of 160,000 TEU. Phase two of the project will double capacity to more than one million TEU per year, with further construction possible.

When it goes live, the Gdansk terminal will be able handle container volumes nearly twice those of Lyttelton and will exceed the volume handled at Auckland once expanded.

Carr describes the Master Terminal software as the company’s flagship product “in our logistics, general cargo and container terminal operating system (TOS)”, and says it had been in use by a significant number of New Zealand port operations since 1994 and had now been adapted for the global shipping industry.

Last month Jade and the Port of Gdansk jointly presented to a European ports conference.

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