“[…] 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.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
In September 2014, 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.
At the beginning of November 2014, DCT Gdansk has finalized the financing process for the expansion of the terminal. The group of commercial and development banks will finance the investment and provide up to €200 million for the project.
At the beginning of 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.
Construction phase of the second deepwater quay, capable of serving several vessels at the same time including the largest container carriers in the world, was officially started. The construction works will last 19 months. This time includes both site preparation and building the facility.
The second berth 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 quay 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.
“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.
On 15th May 2015 the 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.
During the inauguration a time capsule containing message with description 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.
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.