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DCT GDANSK, GATEWAY TO CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE, WELCOMES DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MR MORAWIECKI, AND ANNOUNCES FURTHER EXPANSION OF PLN 280M (EUR 65M)

7-th October 2017

October 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of DCT Gdansk – Poland’s largest and only deep-water container terminal. On this occasion the Management Board of DCT Gdansk SA has the honour to welcome Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Finance Mr. Mateusz Morawiecki to the terminal. DCT Gdansk started operations in 2007, with one deep-water berth equipped with three Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and a total annual capacity of 500 000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent). In 10 years the terminal has grown 6-fold as at the end of 2016 Terminal 2 opened, lifting total capacity to 3m TEU, making the facility the largest in the Baltic Sea. Today DCT Gdansk has 1.3km of deep-water quay-line, eleven STS cranes, and handles over 460 vessels per year, including over 100 direct calls from Asia by the largest container vessels in the world. - One quarter of all vessels handled at the terminal in Gdansk are the largest ocean container ships. When speaking about DCT Gdansk two words seem to be crucial: “speed” and “development”. Investing in the terminal is a reaction to how much transportation time means to the import and export nowadays. The decision about the expansion of the terminal goes hand in hand with the reconstruction of the shipyard or supporting the research thanks to which Polish yachts are considered to be the best-constructed in Europe – said Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Minister of Development and Finance. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary and the visit of Deputy Prime Minister Mr Morawiecki, DCT Gdansk is announcing a new expansion programme worth PLN 280m (EUR 65m). “I’m extremely proud of the team here at DCT and all they’ve achieved over the last 10 years. This new investment shows the confidence our investors have in the future of Poland and that DCT will continue to focus on service excellence for the benefit of all of our valued customers” said Cameron Thorpe, DCT Gdansk Chief Executive Officer, he went on to say “Of course, DCT Gdansk is also one of the most efficient ways to connect to the upper Baltic Sea market and is one of the most cost competitive ways to serve the hinterland markets of the Czech Republic and Slovakia and elsewhere. DCT Gdansk really is the gateway to Central Europe”. On the berth it will include two new STS cranes which will be amongst the largest in the world. These will be supported by 5 more RTGs and additional yard area. The gate complex will be fully optimized and automated, so that drivers will no-longer have to exit their vehicles improving their safety and making the arrival process even more efficient. For our rail customers there will be a significant upgrade in rail capacity, with a fifty-percent increase in rail lines to six sidings, all of which will be extended to 750m – currently the longest possible in Europe. This enhanced rail operation will be handled by two new RMGs. This investment will further improve service levels to rail customers and also provide customers in land-locked countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a reliable and efficient alternative to established hubs by providing the lowest cost to access the industrial heartlands of those countries. “I am glad to be a part of this strategic project. It has significantly changed the Polish marine sector and notably benefits the Polish economy, strengthening the geopolitical position of our country. I am confident that DCT Gdansk will continue to develop so that our clients, consumers and Polish entrepreneurs will be able to fully benefit from the opportunities of trade with the rest of the world” – says Adam Żołnowski, Chief Financial Executive in DCT Gdansk SA. The project is due to be completed within the next 3-years, strengthening DCT Gdansk’s position as a unique logistics platform providing efficient international transshipment to the upper Baltic as well as the most cost-effective gateway to Poland Central Eastern Europe. DCT Gdansk, Gateway to Poland and Central, Eastern Europe.   About DCT: DCT Gdansk enables Poland to be connected to the largest shipping trade-lane between Europe and Asia. A vital piece of direct foreign investment, ensuring that Polish goods can trade with China more efficiently, reducing cost, providing more competitive delivery times and a lower carbon footprint per container than alternative ports. In 2017 DCT Gdansk will handle in excess of 1.5m TEU, with direct calls by the largest ships afloat. DCT Gdansk is the only terminal in the Baltic Sea capable of handling ships of this size. The terminal facilitates the generation of more than PLN 6 billion to the Polish state budget receipts from VAT, excise and customs duties. In late 2016 DCT Gdansk completed and opened its T2 facility, doubling capacity to 3million TEU annually and is now undertaking further expansion. DCT doesn’t just serve Poland but is also one of the most efficient ways to serve the Baltic Sea market via transhipment and also the most cost competitive way to serve the hinterland markets of the Czech Republic and Slovakia and elsewhere. About International Container Trade: They say the container is the box that changed the world. Today the containers ships that call DCT from Asia are the largest ships afloat. To give some context, if one was fully loaded and all of its containers were stacked one on top of the other, they would be a tower of containers reaching more than 50 kilometres into the sky, or more than six times higher than Mount Everest. On a single ship. Not all of those containers will be discharged or loaded at DCT Gdansk, but many of them will, because the market that DCT Gdansk serves is the fastest-growing in Europe. The sheer scale and size of these ships shows the vast scale of world trade and how important it is for Poland to be effectively connected of it.

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DCT Gdansk Handles First American Military Armoured Brigade to be Delivered Directly to Poland

15-th September 2017

On 12th September 2017, at 10:00 a.m. the vehicle carrier Endurance of American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) berthed at DCT Gdansk terminal carrying the first direct deployment of a US Military armoured brigade to a Polish port. The vehicles that arrived in Poland include 87 M1 Abrams tanks, 103 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 18 Paladin self-propelled Howitzers, along with other trucks and equipment. Almost 1000 pieces of equipment in total. Cameron Thorpe, CEO of DCT Gdansk stated: “DCT Gdansk is proud to be the first port used in Poland to assist the US Military as part of the NATO redeployment. DCT was chosen because we are the only terminal in the Baltic that can provide deep water access and also because we have the best road and rail access of any terminal in Poland. This of course normally benefits our commercial customers, but also means we are ideally located for assisting with more specialist customers such as the US Military. The whole discharge operation was completed ahead of schedule and I’m pleased to advise that the first train has already departed without hitch.” As the marine part of the operation finishes, the military equipment will be loaded onto 21 trains each requiring specialist handling and lashing, also about 150 trucks and then transported to several military units in Poland within 7-10 days, with some final destinations further afield. Endurance was built in 1996. The total length of the ship is 265 meters, with a Gross Tonnage of 72,708 tons. DCT Gdansk is the largest container terminal in the Baltic Sea region with an annual capacity of 3 million TEU. DCT is able to serve the largest container vessels in the world and is ideally located to access the fast-growing Central and Eastern European markets.

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Rail traffic restrictions from 14th to 24th September 2017

5-th September 2017

Dear Customers! DCT Gdańsk S.A informs that from 12:00 on September 14th to 24:00 on September 24th, traffic restrictions will be introduced at DCT Gdansk railway siding. This is due to the necessity to exclude track no. 901 and 904 of the railway siding from container handling and shorten the maximum length of trains on tracks 902 and 903 to 500 meters (without railway engine) within that period. Therefore, DCT Gdańsk S.A. would like to request intermodal operators to make appropriate corrections in handling trains to minimize the effects of the above restrictions, in consultation with railway carriers and DCT Gdansk railway coordination office. DCT Gdansk will make every effort to minimize these restrictions. For this purpose, road gates will be opened at weekends, on 16-17 September and 23-24 September. Kind regards, DCT Gdansk team

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THE WORLDS LARGEST CONTAINER VESSEL CALLS AT DCT GDAŃSK

29-th June 2017

On 28 June 2017 ‘OOCL Hong Kong’, the largest container ship in the world with the capacity of 21,413 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) and a length of almost 400 m, called at DCT Gdańsk on its maiden voyage. The is the first arrival of what will be regular service calls of this giant vessel to Gdańsk, confirming DCT as the key container terminal in the region of the Baltic Sea. "The call of the ‘OOCL Hong Kong’ at DCT Gdańsk shows that global shipping lines have supreme confidence that DCT can provide the highest levels of service. It also proves that the modern infrastructure of DCT and our excellent staff of skilled specialists provide the most competitive offering to access not just the Polish market but also via cost-effective rail connections, access to hinterland countries and the most competitive way to tranship to the growing Baltic ports. This is the fastest growing part of Europe and DCT Gdansk is the gateway at its heart”, said Cameron Thorpe Chief Executive Officer, DCT Gdańsk. The largest container ship in the world bringing containers directly from Asia is confirmation that DCT Gdańsk has become a gateway for the countries of Cental and Eastern Europe. This is possible thanks to the great cooperation of the Polish government, municipal and port authorities. "This year is the 10th anniversary since the commencement of container handling activity at DCT Gdańsk. Throughout the first year of operations DCT handled 4,423 TEU, this is less than we handle in one day now. The dynamic development of Polish containerisation is in step with the strong growth of the national economy. Having such an efficent gateway terminal also provides visible benefits in the form of many billions of Polish zloty to state budget receipts", added Adam Żołnowski, Chief Financial Officer of DCT Gdańsk. DCT Gdańsk is the largest Polish deep-water container terminal, transforming trade for Poland, Central Euorpe and the Baltic. In 2016 DCT Gdansk handled almost 1.3 million TEU. The company currently employs more than 800 people. In late 20216 DCT Gdansk opened its T2 facility, doubling its handling capacity to 3m TEU.

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New alliance in DCT Gdansk

9-th May 2017

Dear Sirs, We are pleased to inform that the following shipping lines: APL, CMA-CGM, COSCO SHIPPING, EVERGREEN and OOCL has started cooperation with DCT Gdansk as a newly-formed OCEAN ALLIANCE. The direct connection from the Far East to DCT Gdansk will be ultimately realized by the largest vessels of the Ocean Alliance group with the capacity from 19 000 to 21 000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit). The route of the ships from the Far East in the new service will be as follows: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Singapore, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Gdansk. The first vessel of the Ocean Alliance – OOCL Tianjin is expected at DCT Gdansk terminal tonight. More information about the new service is available on official websites of the shipping lines.

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From 20 February 2017 appointments obligatory in peak hours

3-rd February 2017

Dear Sirs, e.Brama project is entering two final implementation phases:  Phase I START: 20 February 2017 Obligatory appointments during peak hours. In DCT the peak hours are movable. DCT will inform beforehand about the time range in which the drivers will have to appoint their visits. If a driver arrives during those peak hours without the appointment in e.Brama system*, he will not be able to pick up or drop off the container. *In some cases the drivers who arrive without the appointment will be transferred to the buffer parking lot inside the terminal, where they will be waiting for their turn. DCT ensures priority service to the drivers who appointed their visits in e.Brama system. Phase II START: 20 March 2017 From this moment on e.Brama vehicle booking system is the only way to pick up or drop off a full container in DCT Gdansk. The appointment visits will be mandatory 24 hours for every truck driver arriving at DCT Gdansk.

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DCT implements e.Brama appointment system for trucking companies

1-st February 2017

What is e.Brama? e.Brama (e.Gate in English) is a vehicle booking system which will be obligatory for all trucking companies arriving at DCT Gdansk. These kinds of systems are already used in the largest ports of Europe and the world e.g. Hamburg, Antwerp, Rotterdam or Felixstowe. The system will allow truck companies/drivers to decide when they would like to pick up or drop off full containers (the process does not concern the empty ones). After choosing a suitable time slot – it will be possible by logging into the e.Brama system – the driver creates an appointment and declares his arrival in the chosen time frame. Schedule What is behind us? After laborious process of creating e.Brama system, in May 2016 DCT Gdansk started kick-off meetings with carriers and freight forwarders. During 15 meetings the future e.Brama users had an opportunity to learn the main functionalities and goals of the system and talk to all of e.Brama project group members. Then the internal technical tests and polishing up of the system took place so that trucking companies and drivers could start their practical e.Brama trainings in December 2016. There were 10 external training sessions where 113 future e.Brama users have been instructed how to use the system. DCT also provided internal trainings available for all drivers visiting the terminal’s pre-gate building – already 382 drivers trained. The next phase of the project was first live tests. Special thanks to 25 trucking companies which volunteered to test the vehicle booking system for the very first time. The tests aimed to check the compatibility of e.Brama and Navis. The tests went well. Transport companies which took part have been sending their comments on how did the system work. Currently we are receiving registration forms from the trucking companies. The registration process is necessary to use the vehicle booking system. We have already received about 340 forms and each of them contains from several to even hundred truck drivers. WITHOUT THE REGISTERING IN E.BRAMA SYSTEM THE CONTAINER PICK UP OR DROP OFF WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE. TRUCKING COMPANIES AND DRIVERS WHO DID NOT REGISTER PLEASE SEND THE FORMS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THE DEADLINE  – 10 FEB 2017.   What is ahead of us? e.Brama project is entering two final implementation phases:  Phase I START: II half of February 2017 Obligatory appointments during peak hours. In DCT the peak hours are movable. DCT will inform beforehand about the time range in which the drivers will have to appoint their visits. If a driver arrives during those peak hours without the appointment in e.Brama system*, he will not be able to pick up or drop off the container. *In some cases the drivers who arrive without the appointment will be transferred to the buffer parking lot inside the terminal, where they will be waiting for their turn. DCT ensures priority service to the drivers who appointed their visits in e.Brama system. Phase II START: II half of March 2017 From this moment on e.Brama vehicle booking system is the only way to pick up or drop off a full container in DCT Gdansk. The appointment visits will be mandatory 24 hours for every truck driver arriving at DCT Gdansk. The fixed dates of final implementation phases will be published soon. Where to find current information? Official DCT Gdansk webpage (Polish version) – main news or Customer Zone/e.Brama System (announcements, project description, training materials, FAQ) DCT Gdansk facebook profile E-mail correspondence Information leaflets Ask DCT employees while entering Pre-gate building Watch announcements displayed on the screens in Pre-gate building How to log in? www address: https://ebrama.dctgdansk.com There will be an e.BRAMA button on DCT main page which will transfer users to the system. It will ensure a quick and easy access to the log-in page. Contact for e.Brama users e-mail: ebrama@dctgdansk.com phone: +48 58 737 79 33 (6:00 a.m. till 10 p.m., during Phase I and II – 24 hours) Contact for media: e-mail: katarzyna.zabkiewicz@dctgdansk.com phone: + 48 58 737 75 24

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A crucial year for DCT Gdansk

16-th January 2017

Deepwater Container Terminal Gdansk ended 2016 with an operational result at the level of approximately 1,3 million TEU (20-foot containers). It is a record in the history of the terminal and the entire Polish containerization. Already in October 2016 the number of containers handled exceeded the overall result in the previous year (1,068 million TEU). The achievement of such a result was influenced by many factors, from the growing need for directs calls of oceanic container vessels in the Baltic to the visible growth of cargo targeted at Eastern and Central Europe markets. Over the last few years DCT Gdansk has continually expanded the portfolio of clients. Attracting new business partners as well as the increase in container handling proves that DCT Gdansk is an attractive transshipment hub for the shipping lines delivering cargo in that part of the world. Last year was special not only because of the record-breaking results but also due to the fact that one of the largest investments in Pomerania – the construction of the second deepwater berth (T2) in DCT Gdansk, was successfully finalized. T2 investment, completed on time and on budget, enriched the terminal with the next berth, new yards and state-of-the-art terminal equipment, doubling DCT’s annual handling capacity from 1,5 million to 3 million TEU. After finalizing the investment, at the end of last year the CEO position of retiring Maciek Kwiatkowski was taken over by Cameron Thorpe who looks into 2017 with a great hope – “With the opening of Terminal 2, we now have the prospect to take it to the next level – use this potential and double in size. DCT Gdansk has proven itself a game-changer for the Baltic, opening the market to direct calls from Asia and providing access for Polish importers and exporters as well as enhanced transshipment access across the Baltic for the Shipping Lines. Our challenge now is to attract new services and to push further into central Europe, whilst retaining and consolidating our position with our existing customers.”

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Cameron Thorpe is the new CEO at DCT Gdansk SA

19-th December 2016

On the 16th of December, Mr. Cameron Thorpe formally took over the position of CEO for DCT Gdansk SA, taking over from Mr. Maciek Kwiatkowski, who is retiring. Maciek Kwiatkowski, who greatly contributed to the development of DCT Gdansk by finalizing one of the largest projects in Pomerania – the construction of the second berth (T2), stated “I am convinced that I am leaving DCT terminal and its team in good hands”. Cameron brings with him 30 years’ experience in the container shipping and terminal industries. In 2003 he joined DP World as Global Business Development Manager, becoming involved in the evaluation of over a dozen container terminals around the world as the company rapidly expanded. In 2005 he was appointed General Manager for Constanta Container Terminal in Romania. When the P&O Group was acquired by DPW in 2006 he moved to Australia, to become Director and General Manager in Brisbane. His next position in 2009 was in Thailand as Chief Executive Officer of LCIT, a joint-venture terminal at Laem Chabang, then in 2013 he accepted the role of Managing Director of DP World Korea and Vice President of PNC, Korea’s largest container terminal. In early 2015 Cameron moved to London Gateway in the UK where he became the CEO. Cameron stated “I’m very excited by the opportunity that DCT presents - a container terminal that is helping to drive the Polish economy to be more efficient, with a global reputation as the most professional facility in the Baltic Sea. With our T2 facility now open, we will further enhance our excellent customer service and facilitate intermodal trade as the premier hub port in the region.” Prior to joining the terminal industry Cameron worked for P&O Nedlloyd a global container shipping company. Over a 16 year period he undertook roles covering Country GM, Procurement and Terminal Development in locations as wide ranging as East Africa and continental Europe.  

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Change in a gate complex working hours at weekends from 1st January 2017

15-th December 2016

Please note that from 1.01.2017 the pre-gate station (gate complex) works from 6:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and from 2 p.m. on Sundays Pre-gate station working hours: Terminal gates and Pre-gate office works 24 hours a day 7 days a week, excluding time: Saturday 02:00 p.m. till Sunday 02:00 p.m. and 15 minutes shift breaks at 5:45 a.m. -6:00 a.m. and 05:45 p.m. – 06:00 p.m. Sunday’s and holiday’s entrance pass is only availabe prior advanced notice placed by Friday (when the holiday is on Sunday) or the day before (when the holiday is on the week day or Saturday) 03:00 p.m. at pregate@dctgdansk.com Polish Holiday Schedule 2017: DATE HOLIDAY TIME WHEN GATE COMPLEX IS CLOSED 01.01.2017 New Year 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 06.01.2017 Public Holiday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 16.04.2017 Easter from 15.04.17 6:00 p.m. till 17.04.17 6:00 p.m. 17.04.2017 Easter from 15.04.17 6:00 p.m. till 17.04.17 6:00 p.m. 01.05.2017 Public Holiday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 03.05.2017 Public Holiday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 04.06.2017 Public Holiday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 15.06.2017 Public Holiday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 15.08.2017 Public Holiday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 01.11.2017 Public Holiday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 11.11.2017 Public Holiday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 25.12.2016 Christmas from 24.12.17 6:00 p.m. till 26.12.17 6:00 p.m. 26.12.2017 Christmas from 24.12.17 6:00 p.m. till 26.12.17 6:00 p.m. 01.01.2018 New Year from 31.12.17 6:00 p.m. till 01.01.18 6:00 p.m. DCT Gdansk opening/working hours during Easter and Christmas holidays 2017: Date Vessels Gate Rail Warehouse/CFS Holiday surcharge 16.04.2017 to 03:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. from 03:00 p.m. 17.04.2017 upon request upon request upon request upon request whole day 24.12.2017 to 03:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. from 03:00 p.m. 25.12.2017 upon request upon request upon request upon request whole day 26.12.2017 upon request upon request upon request upon request whole day 31.12.2017 to 03:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. from 03:00 p.m. 01.01.2018 upon request upon request upon request upon request whole day requests for work during Easter to be received in writing before 14th April, 03:00 p.m. requests for work during  Christmas to be received in writing before 23th December, 03:00 p.m. requests for work during New Years day to be received in writing before 30th December, 03:00 p.m.

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