DCT Gdansk hosts „The End of the Pier Show”
4-th October 2006
On 4 October, DCT Gdansk SA staged an „End of the Pier” party to celebrate the completion of an important stage in the construction of Poland’s new international deepwater container terminal in Gdansk. All of the outer piling has been completed creating a 290,000m2 box that has now been filled with dredged material. Work will soon commence on surfacing the terminal and laying the crane rails for the giant ship-to-shore cranes. True to the custom of seaside towns that traditionally built theatres at the end of long piers stretching out to sea, DCT Gdansk’s management decided to hold a party for invited guests 650m out from shore at the seaward end of the new terminal. Just a few weeks ago, a boat would have been required to reach the same spot but on the day, over 150 guests were driven out to a specially-erected marquee by coach to hear a series of speeches followed by lunch.
This important milestone in the development schedule of the new container terminal not only confirms that the construction is on schedule but also demonstrates DCT’s commitment to providing a world class facility for Polish importers and exporters. The main office, gate complex, warehouse and workshops are now at an advanced stage while guests were able to view the new rail terminal and road links, construction of which is also on schedule.
Speaking at the event, DCT Gdansk Chairman Richard Timbs stated: „We are delighted with the progress that our contractor, Hochtief, has made with the piling and in filling of the enclosed area. We remain very confident that the container terminal will be open for business in June next year and fully operational by October 2007.”
During the event, the DCT management welcomed five new syndication bank partners, including one local Polish bank. DCT Gdansk will provide deepwater container terminal facilities capable of handling post-Panamax ships with a draft of up to 16.5m. The ice-free facility will cater not only for the Polish market but will act as a feeder hub for containers bound for ports elsewhere in the Baltic region.