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Gdansk eyes further growth after strong 2017
Gdansk will add two ship-to-shore cranes later this year

Gdansk eyes further growth after strong 2017

Volumes at DCT Gdansk swelled by 24% in 2017 as container throughput at the Polish terminal fell just shy of 1.6m teu.

The strong year was attributed to the full operational introduction of DCT Gdansk’s second terminal, T2, which doubled the facility’s capacity.

Cameron Thorpe, CEO at DCT Gdansk, said: “The introduction of T2 facilitated the continued growth of our relationship with the 2M Alliance and then in May the arrival of the Ocean Alliance.

“Having the world’s two largest alliances provide direct calls with the largest ships in their fleet is a real testament to the vision of building DCT Gdansk.”

This vision includes the roll-out of the T2B programme over the next three years which targets multiple areas of the port.

As part of 2TB two additional ship-to-shore (STS) cranes will arrive in the third quarter of 2018, allowing T2 to operate with seven cranes by the end of the year, while the yard area will be supplied with a further five electric rubber-tyred gantry (e-RTG) cranes.

Another highlight of the programme includes the automation of the facility’s main gates using optical character recognition (OCR), which will check vehicles and containers arriving at the port against bookings made on the port’s virtual booking system (VBS).

Elsewhere the facility will extend its rail-sidings to 750 m while the number of sidings will be increased from four to six, thus extending total siding capacity by 80% to 4.5 km. The extension will be supported by dedicated rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes and OCR cameras.

Thorpe outlined further initiatives: “Over the next two years there will be a second fairway approach to the Port of Gdansk, which DCT will have access to. This will further reduce the time from pilot-station to berth, enhancing the total port turn-around time of the ULCV’s calling.

“Longer-term, DCT has considerable ability to expand both berth and yard footprint, so we can effectively continue to grow in-line with market demand.”