Poland’s Port of Gdańsk, one of the biggest seaports in the Baltic Sea, is preparing for an important milestone of becoming the busiest container port in the region.
As of now, the difference between the Port of Gdańsk and the Russian Port of St. Petersburg, the currently leading Baltic port, is only 122,000 TEUs, meaning that Gdansk is very close to achieving its goal.
“We expect the year 2020 to be of a historic essence for us, reaching 2,350,000 TEUs, a 10% increase compared to 2019,” Lukasz Greinke, CEO of the Port of Gdańsk Authority, said in an interview with World Maritime News.
“The huge impact on the projected increase is tied with the Euro Chain Train (ECT), which directly connects China with Gdańsk. Starting January 2020, Gdańsk will regularly receive regular railway services from Xi’an through Małaszewicze to Gdańsk.”
As explained, this connection offers many new possibilities not only for the port but for shipping companies as well, allowing a much faster route to the Scandinavian and British markets. The first train on this route arrived on November 24 from Xi’an, taking only 10 days.
However, the port’s ambition reaches far beyond that, according to Greinke. The current investments, and those planned such as the flagship project, the new Central Port, are to accelerate container throughput to up to 7,000,000 TEU.
The projects also include a plan to modernize the majority of the quays in the Internal Port. This will allow for more and bigger vessels to be serviced in this area of the port, Greinke continued.
The road and rail infrastructure linked to the Port of Gdańsk is also said to be a subject of very extensive works, focusing on modernizing and adding new connections leading straight to the port.
When asked about the main facilitator of the container volume increase at the Port of Gdańsk, Greinke said that Poland is experiencing continuous economic growth as it has become one of the most versatile markets within the European Union. This year’s annual growth is expected to reach 4,3%, with consumption remaining its main engine . . . .
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