DCT Gdansk is Poland’s largest and fastest growing container facility, and the only deep-water terminal in the Baltic Sea Region having direct ocean vessel calls from the Far East. Located in the heart of the Baltic in the Port of Gdansk, DCT is the most Eastern facility in the Gdansk – Le Havre range.
DCT was the first terminal that attracted direct calls from Asia to the Baltic Sea and is today the destination for the largest vessels in the world departing from China, Korea and other Asian countries. This process initiated a split of the most important shipping trade-lane in the world, Asia – Europe, into Asia – North West Europe and Asia – Baltic.
The terminal handles Polish import and export, transshipment and transit. With an easy nautical accessibility comprising of 17.0m deep approach channel and up to 16.5m depth along the berth, year-round ice-free access combined with operational excellence , DCT is a natural gateway for all CEE containerized trade volumes. Thanks to infrastructure investments of the Polish Government and the City of Gdansk, DCT terminal is well linked with the international hinterland which ensures its ideal position as a true Central European and Russian Gateway.
The concept for the deep water container terminal located in Gdansk began in the late 90’s in order to address the ever growing potential of the Baltic’s deep-sea trading routes. DCT Gdansk was selected by the Port of Gdansk to design, construct and operate a new independent deep-sea container port that was aimed to be the largest of its kind in the Baltic.
In 2013 the container terminal handled more than 1 150 000 TEU. This record has permanently put DCT on the map of the world’s major container terminals and ensured its position as the biggest container terminal in terms of volume in the Baltic area in 2013.
In 2012, the container terminal handled its second millionth TEU since the operations kick-off, and closed the year with yet another annual volume record of approximately 900.000 TEU.
The new era for DCT opened in May 2011, when the facility started handling the Maersk Line’s E-type class container vessels with the capacity of 15.500 TEU, the world’s largest ships at that time. Thanks to this milestone, the company joined a prestigious group of North European deep-water container ports, serving the Ultra-Large Container Vessels on the weekly basis, the only such facility East of the Danish Straits.
Since January 2010 , DCT Gdansk, Poland’s only deep-sea terminal, started receiving on a weekly basis 8.000 TEU container vessels departing from the Far East bringing Polish imports, picking up Polish exports, and carrying transshipment for the key Baltic ports. This direct connectivity with Asia boosted DCT Gdansk’s development as it became the Baltic Sea hub, achieving 180% growth in 2010 and made DCT one of the fastest growing terminals in the world.
DCT Gdansk received its first vessel on the 1st of June 2007. The grand opening celebration took place on the 3rd of October 2007. During the first years of operations, the terminal specialized in handling feeder vessels, gaining important operational experience.