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DCT breaks records and increases the share of railways in handling containers

DCT breaks records and increases the share of railways in handling containers
photo: DCT Gdańsk press materials/DCT breaks records and increases the share of railways in handling containers
26 / 01 / 2022

The Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdańsk in the Polish Port of Gdańsk has handled 2 092 432 TEU in 2021 an increase of around 9%, making it a record year for the largest container terminal in the Baltic Sea. Simultaneously DCT has completed its rail expansion with an annual rail capacity of 750,000 TEUs. The new investment opens diverse growth opportunities in landlocked markets and provides a more economic and greener alternative for DCT’s customers.

Charles Baker, CEO of DCT, says: “Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic causing turmoil in global logistics and the supply chain, we handled over 2,092,432 million TEUs in 2021. The achievement testifies to the confidence and trusts our clients have in DCT Gdańsk, coupled with DCT’s high-quality services and its excellent location. The result once again shows that we are a true Baltic transport hub and gateway to Central and Eastern Europe. We can already boast the largest intermodal terminal in Poland and one of the ten largest port railway terminals in Europe, serving over 5.5 thousand trains every year.

The rail terminal expansion which started in 2018 and was completed in 2021, lengthened the tracks from 618 to 750 meters. Additionally, the railway siding was extended from 4 to 7 tracks. Furthermore, fully electrified RMG rail cranes were purchased, and an OCR camera system for recording trains and containers has been put into operation. This has allowed DCT to increase its rail capacity to 750,000 TEUs.

Customers will be able to generate significant cost savings by using the shorter rail route between DCT Gdańsk and Central Europe, compared to other ports in Southern or Western Europe. The terminal operator will work with the industry to develop intermodal services to/from Poland’s landlocked neighboring countries and regions, such as Czechia, Slovakia, Western Ukraine, and Belarus.

“We are directly represented in the Czech and Slovakian markets, which allows our southern neighbors to benefit from DCT’s forwarding capabilities. Through competitive delivery times and large-scale rail connections, we guarantee lower carbon emissions per container compared to other European ports. Our experience and range of operations give inland customers a better, cheaper, and greener alternative for moving their goods,” concludes Charles Baker.

 

Source: Youtube/DCT Gdańsk

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