Romanian IT company, Critical Technologies SRL, is leading the consortium that won the international tender for developing the specifications for design and implementation for the Port Community System (PCS) for the Port of Constanta.
The consortium partners include two Estonian maritime and shipping partners, E.N. Shipping Services OÜ and Saaresalu OÜ, and German consultancy, HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH.
A PCS is a digital platform and information technology infrastructure that facilitates and optimises the exchange of information and data among various stakeholders within a seaport or logistics ecosystem.
The primary goal of a PCS is to enhance the efficiency, transparency, and coordination of activities related to the movement of goods through a port.
The implementation of the project is expected to help upgrade the management and automation of ports and logistics processes, improve inter-agency coordination in Romania, and significantly reduce administrative burden and bureaucracy.
The consultant’s team will conduct a feasibility study on the implementation of PCS within nine months and will provide the National Company “Maritime Ports Administration” S.A. Constanta with the recommendations and guidelines for the development and implementation of PCS in ports.
Mihai Teodorescu, the Executive Director of the Port Administration said: “The subsequently developed Port Community Systems will have the role of a one-stop shop, a neutral and open electronic platform that allows the intelligent and secure exchange of information between public and private stakeholders.
“This system will connect the port administration, companies active in the port, port operators, institutions involved in port activity: customs, ANSVA, border police, etc.,” Teodorescu added.
Frank Busse, Partner and Vice President Europe at HPC, said: “Embracing a PCS is not just a technological upgrade; it’s a strategic imperative for modernising maritime trade.
“By harmonising vessel reporting and streamlining customs processes, a PCS paves the way for improved efficiency, effectiveness, and interagency coordination.
“As a port consultant with a successful track record in implementing PCS solutions across various ports, we are committed to helping our clients strike the right balance between security and economic interests,” Busse added.