Port of Gdynia sets new reloading record in 2020

"It's very substantial growth at a time of a global pandemic and economic slowdown," the president of the port's management board, Adam Meller, was quoted in a release as saying. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland's Port of Gdynia had a record year for cargo reloading in 2020 at over 24.6 million tonnes, representing growth of 2.9 percent on 2019, the port's marketing and communications director reported on Wednesday.

"It's very substantial growth at a time of a global pandemic and economic slowdown," the president of the port's management board, Adam Meller, was quoted in a release as saying. "This fact best proves the excellent efficiency and effectiveness of the terminals operating at the Port of Gdynia and the consistent implementation of the company's development strategy."

All investments at the Port of Gdynia are being continued on schedule, the biggest among them being deepening the port's entry canal and internal basins and building out the wharfs, the construction of a Public Ferry Terminal and rebuilding the railway infrastructure. The total value of infrastructural investments at the port comes to over PLN 4 billion (EUR 883 million).

The Public Ferry Terminal being built will enable the servicing of ferries up to 240 metres in length and shorten the servicing time, thanks to which the port will gain new ship owners in the ro-ro (roll-on, roll-off) segment. The investment is nearing completion. The railway works have been completed entirely, while the associated roadways, squares and car parks are 90-percent finished.

On January 22, initial offers will be launched for carriers using the ferry terminal in the years 2021-2025. The first ferry will moor at the terminal in September 2021.

A deep-water External Port is also being developed at Gdynia as a strategic investment to be built on the basis of the existing Silesian Quay, on artificial land extending beyond the current protective breakwater. Its aim is to enable servicing at Gdynia of oceanic container ships of the Baltmax parameters, i.e. up to 430 metres in length (later extended to 490 metres) 60 metres in width (increasing later to 70 m) and displacement of up to 15.5 metres. The first ships are scheduled to use the External Port in late 2027/early 2028. The cost of the investment is estimated at PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 331 million).