Port of Gdańsk – second place
Once again, the Gdańsk seaport has achieved the respectable second place in terms of handled containers among the Baltic Sea ports, and seventh place in terms of the overall amount of transshipments.
If we review the data on container transshipment in Gdańsk from the past 5-6 years, the amount of transshipments has more than doubled. Already in 2008, Gdańsk found itself at 8th place in the ranking of the largest container ports in the Baltic Sea. In 2009, it was the first time the port reached second place, and the same happened again in 2012 and 2013, and until now. The port even managed to strengthen its position by closing the distance to St. Petersburg, a seaport that remained uncontested for many years. Let’s hope that our port will continue to maintain its high position.
It has been five years since the Gdańsk port began its adaptation works, so that it would be capable of handling large ships. For economic reasons, ship owners have been using them increasingly more often to transport goods. However, not every port is prepared for such ships, and since the list of options is limited, this increases the chances of our port.
Some facts from the previous years concerning the seaport in Gdańsk:
In 2013, the Gdansk seaport saw its millionth container transshipped.
In 2014, the 1.2 million TEU milestone was reached for the first time, resulting in an increase in container transshipments of 3 percent compared to 2013.
In 2014, around 32.3 million tons of cargo were transshipped, a 7% increase compared to 2013. It was the first time in the port’s history that such a record-breaking number of cargo was transshipped.
Over the past 8 years, the size of ships served at the Gdańsk seaport increased by nearly 70%.
Last year, the Pomeranian Voivode granted the DCT Gdańsk company permission for this investment valued at 290 million euro. Thanks to that, a second wharf is being built this year at the Gdańsk port. The construction of the additional wharf will make it possible to double the port’s transshipment capabilities (3 million TEU a year during the 1st phase of the investment). The task is planned to be completed by the end of 2015, at which point the new wharf will be ready to accept the first container ship.
Hopefully, there will be more such positive news. Feel free to evaluate your transport at the www.seaoo.com website.