During a visit to Singapore to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the country and Poland, the Port of Gdansk announced huge expansion plans designed to double its cargo volume to 100 million tonnes annually. The delegation was led by PSA International, the Singapore based global ports group, which in May this year acquired DCT Gdansk – the largest container terminal in Poland, and was organised in partnership with the Polish Development Fund and the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund.
Port of Gdansk Authority CEO Lukasz Greinke said the port outlined its position as “the gateway to the Baltic” to Singaporean and Asian shipping lines and exporters, with access to 120 million consumers. “We are the only port on the Baltic capable of receiving direct calls from Asia, including the biggest ships in the world.”
Meanwhile, the Port of Gdansk Authority vice-president for infrastructure Marcin Osowski outlined plans to build a new EUR2.8billion Central Port, which will complement DCT Gdansk’s operations. “The port of Gdansk grew by 20% in 2018 and 9% already this year and we are on target to exceed 50 million tonnes of cargo for the first time, up from 40 million in 2017,” he said. “But our ultimate ambition is to grow cargo to 100 million tonnes.”
Critical to that is the current infrastructure investment programme of EUR591m and plans for the new Central Port, which include building 19 km of operational quays, 8.5 km of breakwaters and the building of nine terminals, four turning areas and three approach fairways. Osowski said the terminals could be used for containers, passengers, offshore operations, LNG operations and shipbuilding.