Inform Chosen by GCT for Rail Project
In a bid to meet the anticipated rail demand for Candian and US markets, GCT Canada Limited Partnership (GCT Canada) has selected Inform GmbH software to optimise its rail operations.
Delivery of the Inform solution is scheduled for October, 2016 and the go-live is planned for early 2017.
Both GCT and Inform are due to send executives to the upcoming PTI Terminal Automation and Training Conference, with Dr Eva Savelsberg, Senior Vice President of Inform’s Logistics Division, due to speak at the evemt.
Dr Savelsberg said: “Our optimisation software will go-live at seven terminals across the world this year.
“Apart from major maritime terminal operators, more and more inland terminals use our software to speed up their processes”
Inform’s software aims to optimise container handover between yard, rail, and RMG moves.
Its rail scheduler is part of the GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project.
The intermodal yard reconfiguration project proposes to increase the existing intermodal capacity by over 50% to 1.9 million TEU annually.
The planned rail scheduler’s handover intends to optimise each container transfer between the yard and rail, benefiting container handling, loading, managing rail transfer points, and sequencing eight remotely-operated cantilevered rail mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes.
Kwang Chen, Vice President of Terminal Support Services at GCT Canada said, “We were impressed by Inform’s simulation and by the professionalism of their staff.
“The software optimises container movements at the right time, allowing us to better utilise our terminal assets.”
This redesign expands capacity and hopes to ensure safe and efficient train loading and unloading, while decreasing re-stacking moves at the yard blocks developing a smoother flow of containers through the terminal.