CGR was commissioned by Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) to provide an independent assessment of the causes and remedial works required for cracks identified in the quay crane rail. In the previous 15 years the terminal had experienced numerous incidents of quay crane rails cracking and several investigations had been undertaken to identify the problems. A number of reports were produced by various parties addressing the rail cracking issues and describing repair works undertaken.
The container terminal in Gdynia was first developed between 1976 and 1979 and was built to the highest standards of the region at the time. In the 1980s and 1990s the terminal grew rapidly, handling the trade between Poland and England, and in the late 1990s the terminal`s throughput reached 250 000 TEU.
CGR identified the cause of the quay crane rail cracking as the crane grout cracking due to it`s age combined with insufficient drainage leading to further deterioration. CGR also prepared a rail replacement works programme to minimise interference during the repair works. A contract for replacement of the full rail was awarded by the Port Authority to a local contractor in 2008.