Feasibility Study on Development of Port Community Information System of the Bulgarian Ports /PCS/


Financed under Priority Axes 5 Technical Assistance of Operational Programme Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014-2020


Total cost of the project: 334 166.40 BGN

Grant: 282 717.00 BGN

National co-financing to the Grant: 42 407,55 BGN.

European Regional Development Fund: 240 309,45 BGN

Funding of BPI Co.: 51 449 BGN

Start of the Project: 21.04.2017

End of the Project: 30.09.2018

Beneficiary: Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company



PORT COMMUNITY SYSTEM (PCS) is a standardized electronic platform that connects multiple information systems and enables intelligent and secure exchange of information between stakeholders. The platform aims at both improving the competitiveness of seaports and optimizing and managing port and logistics processes through a single data submission. PCS provides a variety of services such as easy, fast and efficient information exchange, electronic customs declaration processing, and all information on cargo import and export as well as cruise ship passenger data. At present in Bulgaria there is no established vision for the development of PORT COMMUNITY SYSTEM (PCS).

The present project envisages the establishment of a common vision for the construction and implementation of PCS, the development of a model and basic functions of the electronic information system in the Bulgarian ports, the preparation of amendments to the legal framework related to the construction of port community information system.


Main goal: elaboration of a feasibility study for development and commissioning of a system for electronic exchange of information in the Bulgarian ports (Port Community System – PCS).

Specific objectives:

  1. Elaboration of a concept for construction for development and commissioning of Port Community System – PCS
  2. Definition of functional and technical requirements to Port Community System – PCS


Expected results:

The project “Feasibility study for development of a system for electronic exchange of information in Bulgarian ports Port Community System PCS is preparation for the construction of a centralized and automated system for exchange of information and documentation between the maritime transport authorities and different users of the. The system will facilitate port operation and port information while ensuring a high level of data and integrity.


The project includes the following activities:

ACTIVITY 1: Elaboration of a concept for the development and implementation of PCS for the Bulgarian sea ports.

A „Concept for the development and implementation of PCS for Bulgarian seaports”, will be prepared, which will describe the main information flows in the ports and identify the processes related to them. The report will include proposed developments to improve the existing procedures.

ACTIVITY 2: Elaboration of design of software and hardware architecture of PCS.

A report „Design of software and hardware architecture of PCS for the sea ports of Bulgaria” will be drawn up, as well as an indicative budget for development of the system.


ACTIVITY 3: Drawing up documentation for contractor selection.

Documentation for selection of contractor is drawn up in compliance with the provisions of the Public procurement Act, including technical specification for Hardware and Software and the Evaluation Methodology for selection of contractor.


ACTIVITY 4: Elaboration of projects for changes in the legal framework related to the development of PCS.

A report will be drawn up with a draft of amendments to the legal framework allowing the development and commissioning of PCS with the relevant motives to allow their discussion with the public and the respective institutions.


ACTIVITY 5: Publicity, information and communication.

The information and communication measures cover the whole project implementation period from the date of conclusion of a contract with the selected contractor to the last planned publicity activity. In order to popularize OPTTI among the broad audience and to ensure transparency regarding the spending of the European funds, a press conference will be held.


ACTIVITY 6: Management of the project.


Project Manager: Zlatko Kuzmanov – Director Vessel Traffic Service Authority – Black sea, tel. 052 684 930, e-mail: z.kuzmanov@bgports.bg