According to DCT Gdansk’s general manager, Fred Kamperman, Cape Fulmar discharged 27 x 20 ft and six 40 ft containers and loaded two 40 ft units: “For a first call, we were really delighted to see so much cargo. When the shippers were loading these containers in Asia, for example, we were still rushing to finish the terminal in time for June 1, the start date we had set ourselves 24 months ago. We are confident that we can attract much more cargo and more carriers now that we have been able to demonstrate our ability to perform,” he said.
“I feel particularly pleased to see CMA CGM in our port. They said they would be the first, they have been very supportive, even loaning us a number of containers for training purposes, and now we are on their FAS Baltic Poland schedule. We aim to ensure that we justify the faith they have placed in us,” continued Kamperman.
Danuta Bilat, DCT Gdansk’s commercial manager, expressed her thanks to those shippers who had nominated the new terminal as their preferred discharge port: “For several months, we have been working hard with the local forwarding companies and agents, explaining the benefits we could offer,” she said.
Amongst the containers to be discharged were 23 x 20ft units loaded with steel products. This shipment from Xiamen in China had been arranged by Sea-Logistics Ltd, based in Gdynia. Sea-Logistic’s president, Dr Tomasz Kubicki, commented: “With Polish trade growing rapidly, we need world-class port facilities if exports and imports are to be handled smoothly and efficiently. We will be supporting DCT Gdansk and look forward to handling many more shipments through this port.”