1-st July 2013
DCT Gdansk would like to inform that on 19.03.2013, in the presence of many renown guests, representatives of DCT and The Port of Gdansk Authority signed a lease agreement, which is a next step to build a new container terminal, DCT2. Currently, the realization of the strategy focusing on making Poland, Pomerania and Gdansk a hub for Central-Eastern Europe and Russia will speed its paste. DCT Gdansk would like to thank all parties which were involved in creating and final signing of the agreement and show appreciation for the support the company received from central and local authorities of Poland. As a result of the agreement with Port of Gdansk, DCT container terminal is at next significant step in the company’s development. ‘Our existing terminal has always been considered by DCT Gdansk as the beginning of a bigger operation. Thanks to DCT 2 we now have the opportunity to really offer even better facilities to answer to our vocation of deep sea hub for the Baltic Sea. More capacity combined with even higher productivity is our ultimate goal to satisfy our clients’ – comments Capt. Jedrzej M. Mierzewski, Chief Operations Officer. Design and adjustments employed in creation of DCT 2 will enable it to provide service to greatest container vessels of the world, released by shipyards in the Far East, or units which are currently being designed. According to the plans, the draught of DCT 2 will be 16.5 meters, with 600 meters of the length of the quay. The top service at the terminal will be provided by 7 Super-Post-Panamax gantry cranes with overhang of 25 rows of containers. The target annual capacity of DCT 2 terminal is estimated to be 2.5 million TEU. This, together with DCT terminal, will compose up to 4 million TEU annual handling capacity once the terminal is fully operational in 2016. ‘Although the fact of signing of the agreement with Port of Gdansk Authority is of profound importance to DCT company, this milestone should be perceived as a beginning to even harder and more demanding work during next stages of the development of the project – emphasizes Adam Zolnowski – CFO of DCT Gdansk. Erecting DCT 2 will result in grand development possibilities and favorable conditions in the region of Pomerania and Poland. Investments in infrastructure, employment options of up to 1500 direct workplaces, development of the region of Pomerania and tangible profits for the economy of Poland are just some of the benefits which result from the finalization of the project of DCT 2.
DCT is proud to announce that as from August 2013 it will handle the state of the art, 18.000 TEU capacity “Triple-E” vessels of Maersk Line. This most efficient type of vessel, will call for the first time at DCT Gdansk during her maiden voyage from Asia to Europe. DCT Gdansk is extremely honored with the Maersk Line decision and is looking forward to serve their brand new super vessels. DCT Gdansk is thanking Maersk Line for their trust and confidence in their facility.
DCT has the pleasure to inform that as a result of close cooperation between DCT Gdansk terminal Management Team and Authorities performing border cargo checks, the 1st stage of the ‘communication platform’ project aimed at improved communication was realized. The implementation of this stage will take place 1st of March 2013. It will concern the integration of the Customs Office with the Border Veterinarian Inspection, functioning on the area of DCT Gdansk, which is going to be partially based on the NAVIS terminal operating system.
As DCT continues its preparations for the next major extension phase, an internationally experienced authority in port management will join DCT to lead the Balticâs fastest growing container terminal. Mr. Maciek Kwiatkowski, who will commence as DCTâs CEO at the start of April, has 30 years of experience in the port industry with a strong focus on operation, design and construction of container terminals. DCTâs new CEO has successfully run projects in Australia, Asia as well as South America.
DCT Gdansk, the most rapidly growing gateway to Central-Eastern Europe and Russia, is proud to announce that January 2013 was record breaking. The total of handled volume was 106k TEU. DCT’s success is even greater as it is the firsttime that any Polish container terminal achieved such a result. DCT wants to maintain its rapid development and, thus, signed this morning a lease agreement with Port Authority of Gdansk to confirm and finalize the previously announced plans of creating DCT2. When, at the beginning of 2016, DCT 2 terminal will be fully operational, the total capacity of DCT and DCT2 will comprise of up to 4 million TEU.
DCT Gdansk received 1st prize in the 19th edition of the District Labour Inspectorate in Gdansk contest entitled “Employer-Organizer of Safe Work” in the category of companies employing more than 250 workers. The significance of this award is even greater as the jury decided not to award any company with 2nd or 3rd place in this category. The gala during which the winners of the awards were announced took place on 29th November 2012 in Artus Court in Gdansk. The award, the MECUM TUTISSIMUS IBIS statue, was accepted on behalf of DCT Gdansk Dominika Cwirko, Safety & Compliance Manager of DCT Gdansk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.