DCT Gdańsk, one of the largest container terminals in the Baltic, has reached the milestone of handling 15m teu since it first opened in 2007.
The 15 m-container was owned and operated by COSCO Shipping and was loaded aboard COSCO Shipping Galaxy, which is one of the world’s largest ships with a 21,000 teu capacity.
Cameron Thorpe, chief executive officer of DCT Gdańsk, celebrated the 15m teu milestone: “A line of containers that could more than twice circle the earth’s circumference, it is a great success for our employees.
“Of equal importance to us is that each of those 15m teu was a customer who used our services, and it’s a testament to their on-going support and belief in DCT Gdańsk that has contributed to DCT Gdańsk becoming the Baltic Hub for logistics.”
COSCO Shipping Galaxy sails as part of the Ocean Alliance service which provides a weekly connection between the ports of Korea, China and Singapore with Gdańsk.
DCT Gdańsk boasts a 17 m deep quay that can handle the world’s largest container vessels and highly efficient operations, having also broken a new annual record in 2019 by surpassing 2m teu.
“Last year the pandemic caused turbulence across the global transport and logistics industry, but despite this we were pleased with our year-on-year growth in local full containers, and we are encouraged by the further 9% growth we have seen so far this year, with volumes tracking above our previous best in 2019,” Thorpe added.
DCT Gdańsk has continued with major investment programmes which include the extension of the on-dock rail-siding which will result in expanding from four to seven tracks, each with a length of 750 m.
The terminal is already one of the top 10 largest European port rail terminals and this increase in capacity should launch it into the top five.
Other investments are also being prepared to strengthen the position of DCT Gdańsk for expanding regional trade and further integrating with enhanced global supply chains.