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