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The grand opening ceremony of the second deepwater berth (T2)

25-th October 2016

DCT Gdansk is the largest and fastest growing Polish container terminal and the only deepwater facility in the Baltic Sea region having direct ocean vessel calls from the Far East. A dynamic development of DCT Gdansk terminal is directed at creating in Gdansk the most modern and widely available container terminal in the Baltic Sea with the perspective of growing importance of Gdansk as the most significant and modern transshipment hub in Central-Eastern Europe. The grand opening of the second deepwater berth (T2) in DCT Gdansk took place on 24th October 2016. A realized T2 project is the largest private investment of port sector in Poland and one of the largest of such kind in Central and Eastern Europe, resulting in generating major savings for the consumers and limiting the harmful emissions to the environment. The construction of the second T2 berth was finished on time and on budget. Funding for the project came from own resources of the company, as well as loans granted by a consortium of Polish and foreign banks with the active participation of DCT Gdansk SA shareholders. -This investment cements the position of DCT as the largest container terminal in the Baltic and strengthens the role of Port of Gdansk as a key port in this part of Europe - says Maciek Kwiatkowski, Chief Executive Officer of DCT Gdansk SA. New deepwater berth with a length of 650 meters is equipped with five modern and the largest in the Baltic region STS cranes which are able to handle ultra large ships with a capacity of over 20,000 TEU. With fifteen fully electrified RTG cranes supported in operations by more than thirty new IMV trucks, it will double the handling capacity of DCT Gdansk to 3 million TEU per year. The company employs more than 730 workers. - T2 project will increase the revenues to Polish budget from VAT, excise and customs duties. We assume that already in 2016 the amount will exceed 6 billion PLN – points out Adam Żołnowski, Chief Financial Officer at DCT Gdansk. Completion of DCT investment combined with the potential of Gdansk resulting from an attractive location including the Port of Gdansk position on Baltic-Adriatic corridor of TEN-T, creates significant growth opportunities bringing socio-economic and environmental benefits nationwide.    

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DCT’s state-of-the-art STS cranes already on rails

21-st July 2016

T2 investment has reached a decisive vertical dimension. Three STS cranes, which in May had arrived dismantled by sea for the second berth of DCT Gdansk terminal, were erected and the process of transporting them to the crane rails began a few days ago. Now, all three of them are positioned on the crane rails. The second berth of deepwater container terminal will be equipped with five largest and most modern STS cranes in Europe. The components of remaining two cranes will be delivered next month. STS cranes of T2 terminal with a height of 130 m (boom up) and around 89 m (boom down), with the outreach of 25 rows of containers will be able to handle the largest container vessels in the world. The completion of one of the largest investment projects in Pomerania is fast approaching. T2 project is on time and on budget. The infrastructure works will be finished in August and the berth will be fully operational at the end of 2016.  

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FIRST STS CRNES FOR THE NEW T2 BERTH ALREADY IN DCT GDAŃSK

6-th May 2016

On May the 2nd 2016 the vessel with first STS cranes destined for T2 operations moored at the newly built second berth of DCT Gdańsk terminal. This arrival heralds the forthcoming finalization of one of the largest investment project in Pomeranian history. The second berth of deepwater container terminal will be equipped with five most modern STS cranes with the outreach of 25 rows of containers and will be able to handle the largest container vessels in the world. Cranes arrived dismantled by sea. Currently, the elements of two cranes are being unloaded from the ship, the third crane is expected in DCT May the 12th 2016, and another two in August this year. - The current level of progress is approx. 65% of the total investment. The next step will be the erection of delivered cranes and positioning them on the crane rails - says Michał Biernacki, T2 project manager. The completion of T2 infrastructure construction work is planned for the second half of 2016. - The moment the second berth will be ready to use, we will double our handling capacity up to 3 million TEU per annum. Further development of DCT Gdansk will permanently change the face of Polish economy in this part of the world- concludes Maciek Kwiatkowski, Chief Executive Officer of DCT Gdańsk. Completion of this phase of T2 project is a great opportunity to highlight the contribution of Australia to the development of the entire Pomerania region. In view of the fact that the main shareholders of DCT Gdansk SA are investment funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets headquartered in Australia, the event was marked by a panel discussion "Australian investment and the economic future of Tri-City as a port and logistic hub" with the participation of the Ambassador of Australia in Poland. The representatives of the following organizations took part in a discussion moderated by Mr. Piotr Świąc: Ministry of Maritime Economy, Provincial Government of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, the Supervisory Board of Port Authority in Gdansk, Pomerania Development Agency, the Customs Office, Goodman and DCT Gdańsk. Panelists discussed the role of Australian investment in Pomerania and the significance of DCT in the development of port activity in Tri-City, the thriving economic center of the Baltic Sea.  

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Completion of piling work of a new T2 quay wall

4-th December 2015

Piling work of a new T2 quay wall at DCT Gdansk terminal, which started in June 2015, has just been completed. It marks the end of hydrotechnical works at the quay wall and the focus shifting  to land works. Meantime, T2 power supply and sanitary systems are nearing completion. Other important parts of works in execution include crane railbeam and yard surface preparation.   According to the project schedule DCT plans to finish the T2 construction in the second half of 2016. After completing the infrastructure works, DCT will assemble and install the equipment. A new terminal should start its operations by the end of 2016. With the second berth, the terminal will double its handling capacity up to 3 million TEU annually in the first phase of development, which will allow DCT to join the exclusive club of the largest container terminals in Europe.

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Groundbreaking ceremony

16-th June 2015

Construction of the second deep-water berth in DCT Gdansk (T2) became a fact. Janusz Piechocinski, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, officially inaugurated the construction of the new terminal. Completion of this project with an investment amounting to EUR 200 million, which is financed by the consortium of 7 banks,  is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016. “Gdansk regained its position as a city playing significant role in international sea transport. DCT, with two deep-water terminals, capable of handling 3 million TEU annually, is a trigger for the external trade development not only in Poland but also in the whole region of Central Eastern Europe. This reflects the growing potential of Polish importers and exporters, who are more competitive now, when they benefit from direct vessel calls from the Far East to the Baltic” said Janusz Piechocinski. Building the second berth in DCT Gdansk is also an important factor in Polish infrastructure development. “Gdansk could have never become such an important commercial center if it did not have fine infrastructure linking it with Polish hinterland and countries neighboring Poland. Polish road and rail infrastructure has improved dramatically during last 10 years and thanks to investments such as the second deep-water berth in Gdansk, we continue improving the quality of Polish transport corridors” added Maciek Kwiatkowski, CEO of DCT Gdansk. The T2 groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday, 15th of May, 2015. The inauguration of the construction works was preceded by the round table discussion, which was a good opportunity to raise awareness of Australia’s contribution to Poland’s and the broader region’s growth. The main theme was innovation as the key to accelerating economic growth in Poland. Discussion participants tried to answer the question if Australian investments in logistics and energy can assist in transformation of Poland and Central Eastern Europe. The round table discussion was organized together with Embassy of the Commonwealth of Australia and Austrade – Australian Trade Commission. “DCT Gdansk, as Polish investment of Australian shareholders combines the experience of both countries and contributes this special mix of know-how and innovation to Poland’s economy. We are proud to be a beneficiary of successful impact of Australia’s best practices in managing business” concluded Maciek Kwiatkowski. During the inauguration a time capsule containing message regarding the meaning of DCT’s investment and its current influence on region’s economy, was placed at T2 construction site. Its exact location will be marked with a special memorial plaque.

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Construction of a new deepwater berth in DCT Gdansk has started

16-th June 2015

DCT Gdansk secured €290 million to meet the growing demand for deep-sea services in Central-Eastern Europe by expanding its operations. The investor, Poland’s largest container terminal, has officially started the construction phase of a new deepwater quay in Gdansk’s Northern Port. On Thursday, 22 January 2015 DCT Gdansk has handed over the construction site to the Belgian N.V. BESIX – the general contractor and the designer of the new facility. Visualization: DCT Gdansk 2016 “DCT Gdansk’s team, our shareholders, clients and the people supporting us in this project, had been waiting for this moment for over two years. Getting to this stage was not easy, but today we can be proud that this major step for the Polish container industry has been made. Poland and the whole Baltic area have gained a new quality in deep-sea services with a multi-user container terminal capable to serve the world’s largest container vessels” said Maciek Kwiatkowski, DCT Chief Executive Officer. The construction works will last 19 months. These include both site preparation and building the facility. The preparation of the building site should take approximately six weeks. After this, the construction works will begin.

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Banks to provide up to €290 million for the development DCT Gdansk

16-th June 2015

DCT Gdansk has finalized the financing process for the expansion of the biggest container terminal in the Baltic Sea, by volume handled in 2013. The group of commercial and development banks will finance the investment and provide up to €290 million for the project. Conclusion of the financing process, together with the appointment of NV Besix SA as general contractor, are important milestones making way for the start of the investment’s construction phase. DCT Gdansk 2016 The second facility in DCT Gdansk, which will be fully operational in 2016, will allow the terminal to meet growing demand for deep-sea services in Central-Eastern Europe. The new 650m long berth will increase DCT’s annual handling capacity to up to 3 million TEU in the first stage of construction. New berth at DCT Gdansk will be able to handle Ultra Large Container Vessels of capacity exceeding 18000 TEU. It will be equipped with 5 STS cranes and the required additional yard equipment. “We are approaching the completion of the project’s initial phase which directly precedes the construction works. The decision to develop the existing DCT Gdansk container terminal is a result of growing need for more efficient and economic transport solutions in the Baltic region, able to effectively compete with the Northern European container ports’ services. We are proud to be the market leader in bringing about innovation in the CEE region’s  trade patterns,” said DCT Gdansk CEO Maciek Kwiatkowski.

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Besix to construct a new deepwater berth in Gdansk

16-th June 2015

DCT Gdansk has finalized the tender process for the design and construction of a new berth and the adjacent container stacking yards. The winning bid came from the N.V. BESIX company. The BESIX Group is Belgium’s largest group operating in the construction of infrastructure, environmental projects and roads. N.V. BESIX is the BESIX Group’s biggest subsidiary. Among other projects, the BESIX Group carried out such big infrastructure and marine projects as: The Ras Laffan Port expansion in Qatar, the construction of quay walls and dredging in Sohar, Oman and in Port Amazone Rotterdam in the Netherlands as well as the expansion of the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge. As a joint venture member, N.V. BESIX was responsible for the modernization of the South Hook LNG Terminal in the United Kingdom. This project, worth over 250 million euros, consisted of the quay’s renovation and modernization, building a 200 meter long extension of the existing berth and the construction of new mooring and berthing facilities. In addition to the activities of BESIX and its other subsidiaries in Benelux and France, the Group is active in Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Australia. The new 650m long berth, which will be designed and constructed by the tender winner, will increase DCT’s annual handling capacity up to 3 million TEU in the first stage of the construction. The new terminal berth will be ready to operate in 2016. It will be equipped with 5 STS cranes, delivered by Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd., 16 RTG cranes and additional yard equipment.

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Second deepwater quay in Gdansk

16-th June 2015

DCT Gdansk T2 project of building the second deepwater quay is now approaching the final stage of the process – construction phase. With easy, year-round ice-free sea access via 17.0m deep approach channel and up to 16.5m depth along the berth, new 650m long berth will increase annual handling capacity of DCT to up to 3 million TEU in the first stage of the construction, and even to 4 million TEU in the further development.  photo: Kacper Kowalski / aeromedia.pl DCT project team has obtained all required permits (including environmental permits), DCT has also run the tender for design and construction of the new berth and adjacent container stacking yards. The tender for design, manufacture and delivery of STS cranes has already been finished and the winning offer selected. “We plan to start the construction works by the end of 2014” says Maciek Kwiatkowski, DCT's CEO. “Currently, we are proceeding according to the schedule. The new terminal berth will be ready to operate in 2016”. TERMINAL SPECIFICATIONS (T1+T2 QUAYS): Annual throughput capacity: 3.000.000 TEU Annual rail siding capacity: 780.000 TEU Terminal Area: 76,2 hectares Berth specifications: 2x 650m of quay length with up to 16.50m depth STS cranes number : 11 RTG cranes number : 35 Rail siding: 4 rail tracks of combined length of 2,5km Warehouse Size: 7.200 sq meters Terminal Operating System: Navis

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