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DCT Gdansk as a flagship investment in Pomerania

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.

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Minister of Infrastructure of Poland Cezary Grabarczyk visits DCT Gdansk

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.

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Sucharskiego Street modernization

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.

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DCT Gdansk expands its hanling capability

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.

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Minister of Economy of Poland Waldemar Pawlak visits DCT

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.”

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DCT Gdansk smart visualisation

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”.

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One milion TEU at DCT Gdansk

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.

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Deep Water Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk to implement Navis SPARCS N4

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.”

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Eleonora lady of the ocean

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.

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DCT Gdansk triggers new ambitions for Poland

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.

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A Breakthrough on the Baltic DCT and Maersk Line introduce shipping giants to Poland

14-th May 2011

  A Breakthrough on the Baltic – DCT and Maersk Line introduce shipping giants to Poland  DCT Gdańsk and Maersk Line made a new breakthrough in the maritime economy of the Baltic Sea. The world’s largest E class container vessels have begun regular weekly calls to Gdańsk. “We are proud that thanks to the partnership between DCT Gdańsk and Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping line, we can now celebrate a revolution in the Baltic Sea Region, which has begun with the call of the mv Maersk Elba at Gdańsk,” says Boris Wenzel, the CEO of DCT Gdańsk.             The first of this class of the world’s largest container vessels called at DCT Gdańsk on Wednesday, May 11 2011. “Now Gdansk has the opportunity to become a true gateway for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe,” adds Boris Wenzel. “The introduction of E-Class container vessels to the AE10 service enables Poland to become independent from the Northern European hub ports, and over time to develop as a preferred gateway for a number of countries sharing borders with Poland”.             mv Maersk Elba’s call at DCT will mark the beginning of a true revolution in the Baltic, which will continue to fuel DCT’s rapid growth, and increase its handling capacity as it implements the Port Centric Logistics concept in the adjacent Pomeranian Logistic Center operated by Goodman. Since the beginning of direct calls from the Far East in January 2010, Gdańsk has become a fully independent hub serving Poland, from which containers are taken by smaller feeder ships to an increasing number of destinations in the Baltic Sea Region.   The event which took place on May 11, 2011 is not only one of the most important steps in the development of DCT Gdańsk, but also one of the most important events for the Polish economy.  

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The world’s largest vessel to call at DCT Gdansk

24-th March 2011

  DCT Gdansk, Poland’s biggest container terminal will start handling the largest container vessels in the world from May 2011. Vessels of 15,500 TEU capacity will be calling at DCT Gdansk terminal within Maersk Line AE10 service connecting the Far East and the Baltic Sea. In January 2010, DCT Gdansk already revolutionized the Baltic shipping market when it started to serve the first regular deep-sea calls into the Baltic Sea. Boris Wenzel, DCT Gdansk’s CEO emphasized: “DCT Gdansk is making history for the second time in 16 months, now by welcoming the largest vessels in the world to Gdansk. It is not only a reflection of the high reliability of service that DCT provides to Maersk Line, but also of the growing importance that Gdansk has taken as the gateway to Central and Eastern Europe. The monopoly of traditional Northern European hub ports over the Baltic Sea has definitely come to an end“. The rapid development of Maersk Line facilitated by DCT Gdansk as well as the container market growth in Poland and the Baltic region have turned Gdansk into the first major hub port in the Baltic sea. The first one of the largest container vessels to visit Polish ports, mv Maersk Elba is scheduled to be in Gdansk on May 11 – 14, 2011. Following calls will be served by: mv Maersk Eubank, mv Eleonora Maersk, mv Edith Maersk, mv Maersk Edmonton, mv Ebba Maersk, mv Elly Maersk, mv Emma Maersk, mv Eugene Maersk, mv Maersk Erving, mv Maersk Effingham, mv Evelyn Maersk, mv Maersk Eubank, mv Estelle Maersk. DCT’s annual capacity will be upgraded to 1,000,000 TEU after it receives additional handling equipment in the third quarter of the current year. The nearest expansion plans of DCT foresee additional infrastructure phases, which could quadruple the terminal’s annual handling capacity to 4,000,000 TEU. Development of the 100 ha of Pomeranian Logistics Centre adjacent to DCT terminal will start this year and provide a large range of terminal services. mv Edith Maersk (15,500 TEU) will visit Gdansk on June 1-4, 2011; photo: maerskline.com

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Largest containerships at DCT Gdansk

15-th March 2011

  As per the latest sailing schedule update on Maersk Line website  the largest container vessels in the world will be deployed on the AE10 service that connects Asia and the Baltic through DCT Gdansk. Upgrades on AE10 string will become effective in May. The first vessel call under the new schedule will be Maersk Elba with a capacity of 13,092 TEU and is expected to reach DCT Gdansk on May 11th. Following calls will be served by: Maersk Eubank (13,092 TEU), Eleonora Maersk (15,550 TEU), Edith Maersk, Maersk Edmonton, Ebba Maersk, Elly Maersk, Emma Maersk, Eugen Maersk, Maersk Ervin, Maersk Effingham, Evelyn Maersk, Maersk Eubank, Estelle Maersk – all of them having capacities between 13,000 and 16,000 TEU.    

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DCT Gdansk Sponsor of Baltic Container Conference

28-th February 2011

DCT Gdansk terminal is the Sponsor of Baltic Container Conference, which will take place during Transport Week 2011. International Transport Week 2011 will be held in Gdansk on the 1st-3rd March 2011. Baltic Container Conference 2011 agenda: http://www.actiaconferences.com/agenda2.html#balticcont

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Goodman wins tender to develop a 500.000 sqm industrial and logistics centre adjacent to DCT Gdansk

20-th December 2010

A quotation from PR Nweswire website: Goodman wins tender to develop a 500.000 sqm industrial and logistics centre at port of Gdansk WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ – Goodman Group (Goodman) has been awarded the tender for the exclusive investment in, and development of, the 500.000 sqm Pomeranian Logistics Centre adjacent to the newly built Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) at Gdansk, Poland. The development will be in partnership with InvestGDA, and will be the largest logistics project undertaken in Northern Poland. Upon completion, the value of the project has the potential to exceed 300 million euro.   Goodman’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Greg Goodman said: “We are very happy to have been awarded the tender for this milestone project and look forward to working closely with the City of Gdansk and all project partners. Goodman will use its worldwide expertise in logistics development, master planning and property management to develop a premier logistics centre that will cater for, and support, the future growth of the Deepwater Container Terminal at Gdansk.” Blazej Ciesielczak, Country Manager Goodman Poland said: “We will commence development at the Pomeranian Logistics Centre on a pre-committed basis and have the ability to deliver completed facilities within a ten month period. We are excited by the opportunities this prime location offers, given the current undersupply of prime logistics and industrial facilities in northern Poland. “Goodman will target a diverse portfolio of local, national and international companies, active across a number of sectors including, maritime transport, logistics, distribution, food and fast moving consumer goods. We have the flexibility to develop tailor-made facilities such as warehouses, distribution centres, manufacturing facilities and office space that reflect our customers’ individual requirements.” Goodman can provide a range of solutions at the Pomeranian Logistics Centre including buildings for lease or sale. The logistics park and all property developed by Goodman will be managed by Goodman’s in-house Property Services team. Danny Peeters, Goodman’s Chief Executive Officer, Continental Europe, added: “Goodman’s financial strength and access to capital sources has facilitated the growth of its development activity across Europe, including Poland. A number of significant projects have been announced in recent months and we have signed contracts for new developments in France, Germany, Poland and Slovakia totalling over 180.000 sqm. These new pre committed developments further demonstrate our expertise and ability to deliver tailor made solutions for our clients in strategic locations across Europe. Today’s announcement confirms confidence in Goodman, as well as our commitment to the ongoing expansion of our operations in Poland.” Customers have expressed a preference for locations where there is good infrastructure and where they can consolidate or relocate their businesses into larger or more modern facilities. Several infrastructure improvement projects have started are or planned in the Gdansk area. The Pomeranian Logistics Centre is just 20 kilometres from Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport, Poland’s second largest airport and offers connections with domestic and European destinations. Four international railway lines connect Gdansk with the main cities and industrial centres in Poland and four new road transport corridors, including a north-south route going through Gdansk, are planned and under construction. The site is adjacent to the DCT, Poland’s biggest port with a market share of 40% of all trade into Poland, and is within a 30 kilometre radius of Poland’s other seaports in Gdansk and Gdynia. The logistics centre is also connected to the A1 highway that links the site and Gdansk through Lodz to Silesia and the Czech Republic. While the S6 express road connects Gdansk to Szczecin and onwards to Germany. Goodman in Poland Goodman owns and manages over 100.000 sqm of facilities in various locations in Poland, for customers such as Whirlpool and DHL. Goodman recently announced the construction of a 10.800 sqm warehouse expansion for Nissin in Torun, as part of a 58.000 sqm logistics centre. The first phase of the 150.000 sqm Krakow Airport Logistics Centre is under construction, and Goodman is currently building a 14.500 sqm warehouse. Goodman owns over 30 ha of land banks in Poland available for future development and is also working on pre-secured sites of more than 50 ha. About InvestGDA Gdansk Economic Development Agency Ltd. (InvestGDA), company founded by the City of Gdansk, is an expert service company promoting foreign direct investment in Gdansk Metropolitan Area. This means assisting companies to locate operations in Gdansk M.A. and also helping companies that have already established their business here. Thanks to 5 years of experience in providing investment services (before we were supporting business as a Business Service Centre in City Hall of Gdansk); we offer an effective link between your company and local business sectors. About Goodman Goodman is an integrated property group that owns, develops and manages logistics and business space across Europe, the United Kingdom and the Asia-Pacific region. The Group invests in business parks, office parks, industrial estates and warehouse and distribution centres. Goodman also offers a range of listed and unlisted property funds, giving investors access to a range of specialist services and property assets, and is working continually to build value in industrial property and fund management, with innovative new developments, and business and investment offerings. With total assets under management of 11.4 billion euro and over 325 properties under management, Goodman is the largest industrial listed property group on the Australian Stock Exchange, and one of the largest listed specialist fund managers globally. Its market insight and dedicated local teams create sound investment opportunities and develop properties and environments that meet each client’s individual requirements.  With more than 750 staff and 32 offices in 16 countries, Goodman has the global reach to meet customers’ needs as their businesses expand or evolve. In Europe, Goodman has offices in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and the UK. Press conference presentations: DCT Gdansk, Goodman

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DCT Gdansk terminal hosted representatives of the Danish Shipowners Association

3-rd November 2010

On November 3rd,2010 DCT Gdansk hosted a delegation from the Danish Shipowners Association and representatives from the Danish media. All participants were acquainted with DCT and its rapid development which culminated in October with DCT share of Polish ports volumes exceeding for the first time the agregate of all other Polish terminals. Mr Steen Reeslev, Chairman of DSA’s PR-Committee, and Mr Michel Deleuran, Group Senior Vice President of AP Moller-Maersk addressed all participating guest which included Mr Thomas Ostrup Moller, the Ambassador of Denmark. The working panel of the meeting was attended by the representatives of the Danish shipping lines and journalists. Participants discussed the present shipping connections in this part of region and prospects for their further development. DCT Gdansk terminal, which just celebrated it’s third birthday in October, revolutionized the Baltic Sea market by becoming the first regional transhipment hub, was the perfect backdrop for such a meeting. Mr Jan Fritz Hansen, DSA Executive Vice President explained the reasons for choosing Poland and DCT terminal as the location for this DSA meeting: “DCT Gdansk is an exceptionally well prospering terminal and Poland is a promising market”. Two prominent Danish shipping lines: Maersk Line and Unifeeder are clients of DCT Gdansk. Maersk Line is the largest container operator in the world, and it’s 8,000 TEU “S” class vessels operating as part of the AE10 service call DCT Gdansk on a weekly basis. Unifeeder is currently the largest feeder operator in Europe, maintaining regular connections to DCT from/to other European ports and providing service to a number of container operators which include: Hapag – Lloyd, NYK, Cosco, China Shipping, ZIM, Hyundai, MOL, K- Line, UASC and Evergreen. Mr Michel Deleuran who is also Regional Manager North Europe for AP Moller Maersk presented DCT Gdansk as Maersk’s gateway to the Baltic Sea thanks to the AE10 direct ocean connection from Shanghai to Gdansk and expressed his satisfaction with the good cooperation it has received from the terminal. Mr Gert Jakobsen, Vice President of DFDS, referred in his speech to the shipping lines’ environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea region in connection with the latest IMO regulations relating to sulfur dioxide and nitrogen emissions. After lunch at DCT Gdansk premises, the guests from Denmark visited the Gdansk Solidarity Museum.

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DCT Gdansk boosts Port of Gdansk to top spot in Poland

4-th October 2010

DCT Gdansk’s constant growth in 2010 reached a new record in September with 47,153 TEU, which exceeded the aggregate volume of terminals in Gdynia. As a result, from September 2010, the Port of Gdansk became the largest Polish container port by exceeding the Port of Gdynia’s throughput by nearly 10,000 TEU. DCT Gdansk also holds the top spot in terms of Polish import/export volumes and as a result Gdansk has also overtaken Gdynia as the main gateway for Polish cargo. Boris Wenzel, DCT Gdansk’s CEO commented: “A new chapter in the history of Polish ports is being written as Gdansk has now overtaken Gdynia as the top container port in Poland thanks to DCT Gdansk. There could be no better reward for DCT Gdansk which will celebrate its 3rd birthday this month. This clearly demonstrates the market advantages this terminal can provide to Shipping Lines that choose to deploy their services to take advantage of its unique location and facilities.” Since January 2010, DCT Gdansk revolutionized the Baltic Sea market by becoming the first hub port handling transshipment volumes to Russia and Finland in addition to Polish import and export volumes. As the only transshipment hub East of Denmark, DCT Gdansk’s importance to importers and exporters trading with the Baltic Sea region is growing dynamically. DCT Gdansk expects to achieve its handling volume target of 450,000 TEU in 2010, representing a 177% growth over its 2009 volume.

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DCT Gdansk is changing the gate operating hours related to road transport movement

28-th September 2010

The gate working hours for road traffic on DCT Gdansk terminal will be changed effectively from November, 2010. After careful analysis of current road movement on the terminal it was decided that as from November 1st, 2010 DCT Gdansk will suspend gate operational services for land transport (trucks only) on Sundays and public holidays from 06:00 – 18:00 hrs. The regulation is valid until further notice. Above changes will not affect vessel handling. The change is being introduced for the proper coordination of road traffic on the terminal and to adapt best to customer needs and requirements. Nevertheless DCT Gdansk introduces the possibility of gate traffic on Sundays or public holidays based on individual orders given by Friday (or on the day before the holiday) up to 16:00 hrs. Gate traffic during Christmas holidays, New Year’s day and January 6th, 2011 will be possible if the order is placed by 15:00 hrs on Christmas Eve, 15:00 hrs on December, 31st and 16:00 hrs on January 5th, 2011.

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DCT Gdansk now even closer to Asia

27-th August 2010

DCT Gdansk, the only container terminal in Poland able to serve deep-sea vessels calls strengthens its position as the Baltic Sea container hub. Maersk Line was the first Line to introduce the direct shipping connection (AE10) from the Far East to the Baltic Sea recognizing the unique abilities of DCT Gdansk. Since January 2010 8,000 TEU container vessels appear in Gdansk every week carrying cargo destined to Poland, Russia and Finland. This new product proved to be so successful for the Line that only a few months after its introduction, Maersk decided to skip two other ports, Hamburg and Le Havre, from the AE10 sailing schedule in order to respond to the growing Polish and Baltic market demand. Once again DCT Gdansk proved that in addition to high quality services it is also an excellent gateway to Poland and ideal transhipment terminal to other ports in the Baltic Sea. Maersk’s recent improvements to its mainline and feeder services calling DCT Gdansk also demonstrate that shipping lines can serve the Baltic market more efficiently without using traditional North Sea hub ports and also highlights the big market potential of Poland and the Baltic Sea region. The AE10 direct connection of Far East ports to Gdansk now counts the following ports: Ningbo – Shanghai – Kaohsiung – Yantian – Hong Kong – Tanjung Pelepas – Zeebrugge – Gdansk – Gothenburg – Aarhus. From September customers of AE10 will enjoy shorter transit time (by at least 2 days) from the Far East to Gdansk, as well as greater availability of space on board the ocean-going vessels. Under the new schedule the AE10 service will call DCT Gdansk every weekend and it will provide excellent conditions to other Baltic destinations. More shipping lines are expected to introduce the similar solutions in the near future and DCT Gdansk is taking steps to increase its handling capacity to cater to this demand.

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New Baltic feeder connection from DCT Gdańsk

15-th July 2010

Maersk Line, the world biggest container line was the first global operator to recognize the potential of DCT Gdansk to become the Baltic hub. Since the beginning of 2010 Maersk Line S-class vessels within the AE10 string call DCT Gdansk on weekly basis to connect Asia with central Europe. In the beginning of July 2010, Maersk Line introduced an additional Baltic feeder connection that uses solely DCT as hub port. In addition to benefitting from DCT’s high quality service, Maersk Line has also recognized that DCT Gdansk’s location is a more advantageous as a hub to serve other Baltic region destinations. Maersk Line’s Managing Director for Eastern Central Europe covering Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, Mr Jeff Gosciniak said: “We are pleased to announce that Maersk Line has deployed a new own feeder service on July 2nd named F15. The service is designed to cater for the additional import volumes from Gdansk to St. Petersburg as well as the export flows from St.Petersburg and Kotka to Gdansk. We hope that this service will give even more flexibility to our Customers in the Baltic Sea Region”. Since beginning of July, the 956 TEU mv Hanse Confidence sails from DCT Gdansk every week as part of the new F15 service. The feeder vessel calls St. Petersburg (Russia) and Kotka (Finland), allowing a single vessel to complete the service loop in only seven days. Similar services operating from traditional Western European hub ports typically require at least two vessels and longer transit time to service the same destinations. Thanks to this new feeder connection, DCT Gdansk is currently the only terminal in Poland offering two connections a week to Kotka and St. Petersburg. source:www.maerskline.pl  

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