The Port of Gdansk’s results for the first quarter of 2020 show an 8.3% drop in total volume of goods handled by the port, reflecting the current global COVID-19 crisis.
Decreases were recorded in most groups including containers, down 2.1% compared to the same period in 2019, as well as a 23.8% fall in roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) cargo.
The Polish port saw a drop in container transhipment, having handled 11.3m tonnes in the first quarter of 2020, although it still ranks second in the Baltic Sea for this category.
It is only 87,557 teu behind the leader, the Port of St. Petersburg, which handled 561,950 within the same period.
The fall in ro-ro cargo was attributed to a lower number of commercial vehicles, although ferry ro-ro remained at a similar level to last year having recorded a year-on-year decrease of only 1.5%.
Fuels also saw a significant decrease by 16.8% year-on-year as did coal, which fell 27.8%, while general cargo was down 1.2% compared to last year.
However, the number of commercial vessel calls increased by 17 to 764 although a lower average ship gross volume was recorded in 2020 – primarily due to the lower number of calls from ocean container ships in March.