20-th November 2012
DCT Gdansk hosted the first industry meeting regrouping all major Polish container port authorities, operators and port user representatives. This meeting constitutes a first step towards developing a representative body to work with the government on necessary reforms to enhance the competitiveness of Polish ports and of the Polish economy. The meeting took place at DCT’s offices.
26-th October 2012
16-th October 2012
DCT Gdansk, the Baltic’s rapidly growing gateway to Central-Eastern Europe and Russia celebrated its 5th birthday. On this occasion DCT also increased its capacity by 25% to 1,25 million TEU with the addition of new stacking areas. The celebration took place on 15th October in presence of the Marshal of Pomerania region, the Mayor of Gdansk and the Presidents of Port Authorities of Gdansk and Gdynia.
12-th June 2012
DCT Gdansk, Poland’s largest terminal with over 50% market share and the only hub in Baltic Sea became the winner of “Teraz Polska”. The twenty second edition of this national competition puts Polish brands, products and producers in competition for the title of the best in their respective field to represent the highest quality Poland has to offer. DCT Gdansk was awarded in the category of marine and inshore transport services.
28-th May 2012
Important investments in port infrastructure and the dynamic growth of Polish container industry is an opportunity for Poland to position itself as the major gateway to Russia and the Central-Eastern European countries. Geographical proximity to Russia and a number of other countries with poor/ no sea access which will be the main growth engines in Europe, opens unlimited possibilities of development for Poland and for DCT Gdansk in particular.
26-th March 2012
DCT Gdansk is pleased to announce that on 5th March 2012 it became the first container terminal operator in Poland to receive the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification.
AEO is an international certificate established in 2008 by the European Commission to secure a smooth international trade flow accepted by Customs worldwide. Companies and institutions involved in the international movement of goods, such as importers, exporters, forwarders, ports, airports, terminal operators, etc. which have earned this certificate benefit from Customs simplifications as a result of being reliable partners.
16-th January 2012
As DCT Gdansk prepares for its next major expansion phase, internationally experienced authority in sales & marketing will join the senior management team of the Baltic’s fastest growing container terminal.
Jean-Jacques Moyson join DCT Gdansk on 16th January 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer. Jean-Jacques come with distinguished careers in transport and logistics.
Jean-Jacques Moyson has been commercial director of Noord Natie in Antwerp for over 25 years, and following its merger with Hesse Natie and purchase by PSA International, became the director of Sales & Marketing of PSA HNN. Jean-Jacques is one of few people behind the development of the Port of Antwerp as Europe’s second largest container hub, and has unmatched experience and contacts with the northern European shipping market.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jean-Jacques in our team”, said Boris Wenzel, CEO of DCT Gdansk. “DCT Gdansk will initiate a large scale expansion program to accommodate the rapidly growing demand for direct calls into the Baltic Sea. As Asia – Europe shipping routes are now splitting into Asia – West Europe and Asia – Baltic, DCT aims to allow more shipping lines and their clients to achieve substantial savings to reach Poland, Russia and the rest of the CEE via Gdansk.
DCT will develop new berths for the next generation of container vessels and plans to increase its capacity potential to 4 million TEU within this decade. Gdansk will soon join the major league ports club and we are bringing in major league talent in our management team.”
SEE JEAN-JACQUES MOYSON RESUME
1-st December 2011
DCT Gdansk, the Baltic’s most modern container terminal, is now capable of operating more efficiently than ever. New post-Panamax STS cranes from Liebherr delivered to DCT on 8th of August 2011 and assembled on site were deployed in mid November, more than 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
DCT tested 5 crane operations for 10 hours on an E class vessel during discharge on 9th of November 2011 – sums up Boris Wenzel, DCT CEO, and achieved a productivity level 60% higher than with three cranes on our first attempt”
DCT will continue to test the new cranes and upgrade existing cranes with enhancements to increase its productivity during the next 3-4 weeks.
“Operating with 5 STS cranes means higher productivity, but most importantly for a medium sized terminal like us, it starts to give us the necessary flexibility to operate multiple vessels at the same time” – adds Boris Wenzel.
In recent months DCT has been growing significantly its Polish import/export volume market share with monthly peaks over 40%, but transhipment volumes remained limited due to DCT’s crane limitations. With the ability to deploy 5 STS cranes on deep-sea vessels and the high productivity levels achieved by its operations team, DCT will significantly reduce the turn-around time of larger vessels allowing the discharge of more significant transhipment volumes.
According to a report from Ocean Shipping Consultants Ltd, DCT Gdansk provides very substantial cost savings to Lines that use it as a hub to serve Russia and other Baltic Sea destinations.
Authors of the report have developed two scenarios: deep-sea call originating in Asia using 8,500 TEU vessels and 1,000 TEU feeders; and an alternative scenario using 12,500 TEU vessels (10,800 TEU in case of Hamburg due to its draught limitations) and 1,500 TEU feeders.
“It is not just in terms of stevedoring costs that we are cheaper than other Northern European ports – refers Boris Wenzel – it is as an overall transhipment solution for shipping Lines that DCT can provide over 10% cost savings in comparison to Rotterdam, and over 15% in comparison to Hamburg. Gdansk is just much closer to the eastern Baltic markets than Hamburg or Rotterdam: while the incremental deep sea cost to Gdansk is marginal, the shorter transhipment legs provide substantial savings.”
As the Asia – Europe trade lane gradually splits into Asia – West Europe and Asia – Baltic trade lanes, the cost of serving the Baltic Sea from distant German and Benelux ports will become increasingly uncompetitive. In addition to lower unit transportation costs to service Baltic destinations, Gdansk offers the advantage of requiring just a single vessel to service a weekly loop to St Petersburg, whereas at least 2 vessels are required on loops from Hamburg or Rotterdam.
“Lines which do not recognize and adapt to these market changes are likely to lose their market share in the Baltic Sea. Gdansk is naturally advantaged with its ability to serve efficiently 15,500 TEU vessels, and with a very strategic position in the region” concludes Boris Wenzel.
3-rd November 2011
26-th October 2011
Polish consumers could save money and the Polish Government earn billions of zloty in extra import duties if the bulk of container traffic from the Far East was directed through Polish ports rather than through German and Benelux ports, according to Boris Wenzel, CEO of the Deepwater Container Terminal in Gdansk.
A switch to Gdansk would also create thousands of new jobs in the Tri-city and reduce the high Co2 emissions associated with trucking and railing containers to Poland from ports like Rotterdam and Hamburg, believes Mr. Wenzel.
“Over the past decade Hamburg and Rotterdam have taken advantage of Poland’s rapid economic growth to develop into this country’s largest container gateways“ says Mr. Wenzel. “Now is the time to reduce Poland’s dependence on foreign ports and to look to the east and the south in developing a major hub port here in Gdansk”.
Since it opened three years ago, DCT Gdansk has become the largest container port in Poland, capable of handling the largest vessels in the world with a capacity of 15,500 containers. Sailing time from China and Korea, where a significant share of Poland’s imports of consumer goods are sourced, is just 36 days.
With the port infrastructure in place Boris Wenzel believes DCT Gdansk and other Polish ports should be positioned as the prime gateways not only to Poland but to the CEE and other countries, like Ukraine and Russia, replacing German and other ports as the region’s gateways.
Figures from Ocean Shipping Consultants Ltd show that shipping a container from Shanghai to Warsaw via Gdansk costs some 28 per cent less than through Rotterdam and 20 per cent less than through Hamburg.
“Today Polish consumers are paying more for imported goods than they should, and Polish exports are less competitive because of higher transport costs to reach foreign hub ports. This is foolish now that Poland has its own hub port in Gdansk”, says Wenzel.
Shipping through other ports in the European Union also means that Poland loses duty revenues worth billions of zlotys, which could reduce Poland’s budget deficit, since duty is levied at the port of entry into the EU. Further development of DCT Gdansk could also lead to the creation of 10,000 new jobs in the region by the end of the decade.
But to realize the full potential of Polish container ports, says Mr. Wenzel, the government needs to work with stakeholders and urgently address bureaucratic, financial and infrastructural bottlenecks, which continue to make foreign ports attractive to both importers and exporters in Poland. Priority should go to infrastructure development to efficiently connect Polish ports to the southern and eastern parts of the country, instead of supporting West – East connections that make Poland a corridor for foreign ports to reach further CEE destinations.
27-th September 2011
As attracting foreign investors became crucial task for Polish local and central authorities, government representatives and related companies organized a discussion panel dedicated to Foreign Investments in Pomerania and barriers that hamper development of the region.
DCT Gdansk as an example of one of Polish most successful foreign investments recently, hosted joint press conference of Slawomir Nowak, Secretary of State in President Chancellery; Mieczyslaw Struk, Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship; Monika Slomka, Vice Director of Foreign Investments Department of PAIiIZ; Lukasz Zelewski, President of Pomeranian Development Agency; Teresa Kaminska, President of Pomeranian Special Economic Zone; Alan Aleksandrowicz, President of InvestGDA and Boris Wenzel, DCT Gdansk CEO. The discussion concerned main challenges to be met by future foreign investors in Pomerania.
“We should take care not only of new investors that want to involve their money in Poland, but also of those who already invested and now consider reinvestment, such as DCT” said Mieczyslaw Struk. “We should make the business environment as friendly as possible so the investors want to stay in Pomerania”.
Mieczyslaw Struk pointed out that existence of such companies as DCT Gdansk is a perfect example of good cooperation between investors and local authorities.
Speakers highlighted that the most powerful resource of Pomerania is well trained and educated staff able to adapt to changing conditions. Pomerania was presented as a region which grew to success despite of global crisis and the collapse of shipyards.
“I realized the power coming from Polish port industry while I was on the trade conference in Hamburg” said Teresa Kaminska. “Polish ports were mentioned as a real competitor even for such tycoon as Hamburg. Shipyards’ areas are now being managed by ports and related business. These are our pearls which allow Poland to become partner for big concerns”.
“Polish government aspires to create Pomerania best connected region in Poland. In 4 to 6 years time we should finish main investments to connect Pomerania and its most important cities – Gdansk and Gdynia with the south and west of the country” pointed Slawomir Nowak. “Sucharskiego Street construction, which is in full swing, will link Gdansk port with airport and the rest of the country”.
Boris Wenzel pointed that DCT Gdansk is an example not only of a successful developing firm, which creates new jobs (on 26th September DCT celebrated the hiring of its 400th employee) but also a vehicle to attract more foreign investors to Poland.
“We believe that thanks to investments like DCT Poland will become a gateway for CEE countries” said Boris Wenzel. “As a foreign investor we had to deal with many barriers and regulations hindering the development of our business. This situation is changing as local and central authorities work to streamline regulations and simplify them to EU standards. Today’s press conference confirms that the commitment to attract foreign investors to Poland is strong”.
from the left: Sławomir Majman, President of PAIiIZ, Slawomir Nowak, Secretary of State in President Chancellery; Mieczyslaw Struk, Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship; Monika Slomka, Vice Director of Foreign Investments Department of PAIiIZ; Teresa Kaminska, President of Pomeranian Special Economic Zone; Lukasz Zelewski, President of Pomeranian Development Agency; Alan Aleksandrowicz, President of InvestGDA; translator; Boris Wenzel, DCT Gdansk CEO.
8-th September 2011
After welcoming President Lech Walesa, the Prime Minister and deputy Prime Minister in recent months, DCT Gdansk, the leading Polish container terminal played once again host to one of the most important politicians in Poland. On 7th September 2011, DCT was visited by Mr. Cezary Grabarczyk, Minister of Infrastructure in Donald Tusk’s government. The Minister of Infrastructure met with DCT Gdansk’s CEO and a representative of Macquarie, the largest private infrastructure investor in the world, to discuss infrastructure priorities in Poland and the opportunities presented by the development of a major hub port in Gdansk for the Polish economy.
Cezary Grabarczyk and Boris Wenzel, DCT’s CEO, spoke about the importance of Polish infrastructure development as a trigger for the fast increase of the volume handled in Polish container terminals and to attract Polish volumes currently handled via foreign ports.
“The strategy of the government is aligned with the strategy of DCT Gdansk presented by Mr. Boris Wenzel” said Cezary Grabarczyk.
“DCT is organising an information campaign following the meeting with Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, who visited our terminal 13th May 2011” said Boris Wenzel. “We started with general issues that influence Polish container industry and we have received confirmation that the Polish government is keen to implement solutions that will support the development of container terminals. Now it is time to discuss details and Mr. Cezary Grabarczyk’s visit is a chance to speak about infrastructure problems which are urgent not only for our business but for the whole region as well” added Boris Wenzel.
12-th August 2011
We are proud to announce Sucharskiego Street modernization scheme has just started. The artery is the main link to DCT Gdansk and modernization is part of GIK ( Gdansk Municipal Investment ) investments aimed at improving transport infrastructure of the city of Gdansk.
“Sucharskiego Street had to be modernized urgently” points out Dominik Landa, Chief Commercial Officer (acting) in DCT. “ Road conditions were very poor and gradually decreasing in spite of frequent repairs. Harsh and long winter last year made it even more difficult to drive. Our clients were encountering difficulties in accessing our terminal, trucking companies raised claims due to tire damages. Eventually the scheme has begun, and it is expected this time next year we could all enjoy more convenient access to DCT Gdansk as, according to GiK, construction of first two lanes is anticipated to be accomplished”.
Whole project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.
8-th August 2011
DCT Gdansk, one of the fastest growing terminals in Europe makes new investments in handling equipment to increase its handling capacity to 1M TEU per year.
“Our role as the hub port for Central and Eastern Europe is significant” emphasizes Boris Wenzel, DCT’s CEO. “We need to develop much faster than any other container terminal in the region to respond to the demand in a new market we have created:. several shipping lines are planning to introduce deep sea calls into the Baltic Sea using DCT Gdansk. We want to be able to accommodate them while at the same time we continue to increase the quality of our service to existing clients”.
At the beginning of August, DCT received 2 new STS cranes and supporting yard equipment required to operate them.
“DCT is the only container terminal in Eastern Baltic Sea able to accommodate E class vessels” says Jedrzej Mierzewski, Chief Operations Officer. “We had made serious plans to buy new cranes as a first step to attract regular weekly calls of the biggest vessels in the world to Gdansk. We already received 7 IMVs, 2 new STS cranes and 3 new RTGs. In October we are expecting another 7 IMVs” sums up Jedrzej Mierzewski.
New DCT equipment will be ready to operate by November 2011. “Three additional RTG cranes are expected in May 2012” adds Boris Wenzel. “With these cranes we will increase the amount of our equipment by 60%”.
New cranes were discharged from “Enchanter”. They will be assembled on the terminal’s area.
21-st July 2011
On 21st July 2011, DCT Gdansk played host to Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Economy Mr. Waldemar Pawlak during the maiden call of 15,500 TEU Evelyn Maersk.
While 6,000 containers were being loaded and discharged from Evelyn, Minister Pawlak and Boris Wenzel, DCT CEO, spoke about the development of the Polish container port industry and the new opportunities created by DCT Gdansk for Polish ports to compete with the largest ports hub ports in Northern Europe.
After an hour of private meeting, Waldemar Pawlak and Boris Wenzel gave a joint press briefing during which the deputy Prime Minister re-affirmed the commitment of the Government to eliminate all barriers affecting the competitiveness of Polish ports. Waldemar Pawlak said: “Polish ports may become a gateway connecting Central Eastern Europe with Asia. Bringing Europe-Asia string to Gdansk and maybe to other Polish ports in the future, fuels Polish economy development and attracts new investors which allows creating new work places”.
“The visit by deputy Prime Minister Pawlak sends a strong message to the market. The Polish Government understands the importance of the Polish container port sector for the Polish economy and is committed to support its further development to compete efficiently with other hub ports in Northern Europe. The Polish container port industry needs government support in infrastructure development, and the removal of bureaucratic and financial barriers” pointed Boris Wenzel. “DCT started the revolution in the Baltic Sea region, now it is time to position Poland to become the gateway to Central Eastern Europe.”
14-th July 2011
E-SMART the plant and equipment visualisation management tool provided by UK based International Terminal Solutions Ltd (ITS), recently went live at the DCT Gdansk terminal in Poland.
DCT Gdansk operates over 100 items of container handling equipment including reach stackers, empty handlers, STS and RTG cranes, and trucks. The E-SMART system provides immediate visualisation of equipment status and plant faults using large clear icons allowing the terminal to quickly identify any issues for rapid remedial action.
Boris Wenzel, DCT CEO says “DCT is a rapidly growing terminal. The deployment of E class vessels on the Maersk Line AE10 string to Gdansk since May 2011 has been another important step in DCT’s development. More intensive operations on E class vessels also mean we need the most efficient solutions to ensure the most optimal deployment of equipment and minimize downtime.”
E-SMART also provides statistics for KPIs such as, equipment availability and outages, and can be used to trend and identify repeat issues and monitor performance. Management dashboards are provided allowing key staff and managers across the terminal to view the live status of the equipment and the equipment history.
“It is crucial for us to provide the highest quality of our services” says Jedrzej Mierzewski, DCT Chief Operations Officer. “As a company which is developing constantly, we need solutions that optimise our operational equipment effectiveness. E-SMART provides a good platform to share information between the operations and maintenance functions, and clearly allows the operations staff to see what equipment is available to them and when equipment is available following service work.”
Richard Lambert, ITS’ Managing Director commented “we are very pleased to work with DCT Gdansk. They are a forward looking, proactive organisation that recognises the major benefits that can be achieved by integrating technology within the operational environment. We only launched E-SMART on our web site PortAutomation.com in March this year, and DCT Gdansk represents our third implementation this year, and we are naturally very pleased they selected E-SMART for their terminal”.
30-th June 2011
DCT Gdansk, Poland’s leading container terminal handled its millionth TEU on 29th June 2011.
This is an important milestone for DCT Gdansk as after just 3 years it is already one of the most important container terminals not only in Poland but in the whole Baltic Sea Region.
DCT started its rapid growth at the beginning of 2010 when the Maersk Line AE10 service extended its route to Gdansk. This boosted DCT Gdansk’s development as it became a Baltic Sea hub and was further enhanced when Maersk Line decided to upgrade the AE10 string to the biggest container vessels in the world in May 2011.
Boris Wenzel, DCT’s CEO adds “the maritime spirit of Gdansk is awakening. In the Middle Ages Gdansk was a major port on the Baltic Sea, now we are contributing to the next golden age for Poland and its maritime industry. By bringing E-class vessels to DCT in regular weekly calls we managed to handle almost 733 000 TEUs since 2010 which is 75% of all handled capacity from the beginning of the terminal. It will not take long till we handle our second million TEUs at DCT.”
DCT celebrated its 1 000 000 TEU container with special splendor as this container was unloaded from Emma Maersk, the flagship vessel of Maersk Line during its maiden call at DCT Gdansk.
7-th June 2011
Navis SPARCS N4 to support DCT’s rapid terminal expansion and revolution of Baltic shipping market
Gdansk, Poland and Oakland, CA USA— June 7, 2011 —Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals and DCT Gdansk, SA, today announced that Deep Water Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk in Poland is implementing Navis SPARCS N4. The terminal operating system (TOS), scheduled to go live in the fourth quarter of 2011, will allow DCT Gdansk to support rapid terminal development plans, including increasing container volumes to one million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2012, and meeting international standards for terminal operations.
As the newest and fastest growing terminal in Poland and the Baltic Sea, DCT Gdansk will utilize the new TOS to manage rapid growth after revolutionizing the Baltic shipping market with the first regular deep-sea calls into the Baltic Sea in early 2010, recently upgraded to E-class vessels. Moving more than 450,000 TEUs in 2010, the terminal plans to increase this to 1.4 million TEUs by 2015 and has potential for up to four million TEUs with future planned development phases. SPARCS N4 will allow DCT Gdansk to support key planning and equipment control operations with increased throughput and multiple vessel berthing as its business environment and requirements evolve.
“We chose Navis because of its proven track record providing reliable and innovative solutions to world class terminals, and our continued plans for rapid expansion and resulting evolution of the Baltic shipping market require that expertise,” said Boris Wenzel, CEO at DCT Gdansk. “The easy configuration and scalability of SPARCS N4 supports our efforts to increase efficiencies, optimize processes and manage costs as we bring Polish terminal operations to the best worldwide standards.”
Navis SPARCS N4 is the next generation terminal operating system, offering the lowest possible total cost of ownership in a maintainable and adaptable solution. SPARCS N4 provides a platform for DCT Gdansk to manage their expected development.
“We are pleased to provide a solution that is able to grow with DCT Gdansk’s operations,” said Bill Walsh, president and CEO of Navis, LLC. “DCT Gdansk is an obvious leader in the region providing their customers with highly efficient operations. Navis SPARCS N4 will play an integral part of DCT Gdansk operations as they grow. We have created an advanced, innovative and flexible technology that allows our customers to optimize operations as their business needs change.”
25-th May 2011
Mv Eleonora Maersk, first of the eight sisters, called to DCT Wednesday 25th May, 2011.
“Eleonora is one of the biggest container vessels in the world, and the biggest that ever came to DCT Gdansk”, says Boris Wenzel, DCT CEO. “We are very happy that our cooperation with Maersk Line is so successful”, adds Boris Wenzel.
Mv Eleonora Maersk is 397,71 meters long and 56,4 meters wide. She can carry 15 550 TEU with 16 meters draught. According to the plan Eleonora will be berthing in DCT until 6:00 am Saturday 28th May.
21-st May 2011
DCT Gdansk and Maersk Line have made a major step forward for the marine industry in Poland with the first regular E class vessels call to the Baltic Sea. In January 2010, Maersk and DCT started a revolution in the Baltic Sea by establishing a regular connection between the Far East and Gdansk served by 8,000 TEU vessels. With the upgrade to 15,500 TEU vessels – the largest in the world – the Baltic revolution is now in full swing.
The maiden call of mv Maersk Elba gave cause for a two-day event during which many VIPs congratulated Maersk and DCT.
“I am very happy that Gdansk can now really become hub port for all our neighbors that do not have access to the sea”, says Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland. “I have been talking to those who are engaged in DCT Gdansk’s development and I have been convinced of the need of maximum coordination and concentration of efforts, also Government’s and Parliament’s efforts, to remove barriers that hinder many business ventures. Here, as through a lens, we can see what changes are required to compete with such giants as Hamburg, Rotterdam or St. Petersburg” adds Donald Tusk.
DCT Gdansk and Maersk Line introduced the first E class vessel mv Maersk Elba on 11th May, 2011.
“This truly is a very important day for Poland. Gdansk is a hub for Central and Eastern Europe and for Russia. We want to develop our business with our partners from DCT, because we understand that this region has a huge potential” says Eivind Kolding, Maersk Line CEO.
“Right now I think we cover the market quite well, but there are other trades than Asia – Europe and we will of course look at making other direct calls from other parts of the world to DCT when we have sufficient volumes ” adds Eivind Kolding.
Polish political figures are impressed with DCT’s development as well:
“What you are doing for Gdansk and for Poland is imposing” says Lech Walesa, former President of Poland. “We should do as much as we can to develop the whole region. It is not only about Poland, it is about Europe and countries that surround us” adds Lech Walesa.
Boris Wenzel, DCT CEO, did not hide his emotions.
“We are honored to cooperate with the largest shipping line in the world – Maersk Line. DCT has wide perspectives of development with its terminal and adjacent logistic center. AE 10 service with E class vessels constitute a great chance to develop Gdansk into a major European hub, which will allow Poland to become independent from Northern Europe ports, and itself become the gateway port for a number of other countries in the CEE. The main port for polish import and export is still Hamburg – now it is time to change this” says Boris Wenzel.
Mv Maersk Elba initiated weekly calls of E-class vessels to DCT and will be followed by mv Maersk Eubank and by mv Eleonora Maersk.