Colin Chanter, DCT Gdansk SA’s CEO, said: “Having kept our pledge to deliver a modern deepwater terminal for the Baltic on time and on budget we are delighted that Team Lines has decided to initiate calls with us. It is reassuring that such a well-established feeder operator has recognised the benefits offered by DCT Gdansk’s strategic location and modern facilities at this early stage. We look forward to working closely with Team Lines to ensure smooth ship-to-shore and landside operations.”
DCT Gdansk commenced operations with two post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and three rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. By September 2007 the terminal will be operating with three STS cranes and five RTGs, with attendant yard space and back-up machinery, to give it an annual throughput capacity of 500,000 teu.
New road and rail links connecting the port to Poland’s transport infrastructure are already in place. PCC Rail SA, one of the biggest Polish private logistics operators, was the first railfreight operator to run a train into DCT Gdansk’s new rail terminal, bringing in over 50 Hapag-Lloyd containers to be loaded onto the GÃ¶taland. Trains operated by other companies will also have access to the new facility, with PCC Rail acting as a neutral rail terminal operator on behalf of DCT Gdansk.
DCT Gdansk plans to provide an efficient service for containers to maximise the benefit of this on-dock rail facility. It will offer three round trips per week between Gdansk and the Euroterminal in SawkÃ³w in the southern part of Poland. Additional services will be added in line with customers’ requirements.
At present, the rail terminal can accommodate two 600 m block trains at a time, but up to four tracks can be commissioned quite easily. Located just outside the city of Gdansk, the facility offers excellent links to Poland’s road and rail network.