The Port of Constanta Administration has joined the International Port Community Systems Association (IPSCA) as it looks to increase connectivity and operator collaboration across its operations.
In a statement, IPSCA said the Romanian Port of Constanta Administration, the largest port in the Black Sea, works on the landlord port model and has 40 different private operators.
Consequently, it is looking to better connect its stakeholders and also with other ports in the region and beyond.
“We took the decision to move ahead with a PCS two years ago and have completed our pre-feasibility study,” said Costel Stanca, General Manager of the Port of Constanta Administration.
“In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was decided that we would speed up the implementation of this project, with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications.
“We are in discussions with ICT service suppliers to consider which modules should be developed first and which authorities should be connected.
“While we want to implement our PCS as soon as possible, we are also determined to do this in the best way and not to make mistakes. We plan to have the first modules in place this year.”
The Constanta Port Administration’s jurisdiction covers river port facilities, being connected to the Danube via the Danube-Black Sea Canal, and maritime port facilities on the Black Sea, and the port also has excellent road and rail links.
In 2019, Constanta handled a record 66.6 million tonnes, including 666,036 TEU and 21.3 million tonnes of cereals grown in Eastern Europe.
Located at the crossroads of Central and Eastern European markets with the Caspian region, Central Asia and beyond, the Port of Constanta is an important hub for containers, cereal exports and other cargoes.
Richard Morton, secretary general of IPCSA, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Port of Constanta Administration as our newest member and we look forward to sharing our experience and expertise with the port administration as it moves forward with its exciting plans for a new PCS.”
“IPCSA was one of the signatories of the recent ‘Call for Action’ communiqué entitled Accelerating Digitalisation of Maritime Trade and Logistics, which recognises the heightened urgency of this acceleration as we plan for our post Covid-19 future.
“The members of IPCSA provide the digital solutions which play a critical role in enabling the smooth, swift flow of cargo and associated information, helping to remove bottlenecks, delays and cost from supply chains.
“Within IPCSA, we take pride in sharing our experience and expertise for the benefit of the whole supply chain.”