Poland and Singapore join forces
(Posted on 04/11/19)
The Port of Gdansk, has outlined huge expansion plans designed to double its cargo volumes to 100m tonnes a year, during a high-level maritime and business delegation from Poland to Singapore.
The delegation marks 50-years of diplomatic ties between the countries and is being organised with PSA International, the Singapore based global ports group. In May this year PSA International formally acquired DCT Gdansk, the largest container terminal in Poland, in partnership with the Polish Development Fund and the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund.
The delegation aims to supercharge investment and business exchange between Poland and Singapore as two of world’s best performing economies. A full day of seminars and presentations took place at the Singapore Hyatt under the banner ‘Singapore Maritime and Business Mixer’ featuring presentations from the Polish and Singaporean Governments and a wide range of Polish businesses spanning the maritime, oil, aviation, mining and tech sectors.
DCT Gdansk deputy CEO Laurent Spiessens told the audience that PSA International, as the largest terminal operator in the world by equity weighted TEU, has major ambitions for Poland, positioning Gdansk as the ‘gateway to the Baltic’.
“Gdansk’s unique location makes it the ideal gateway port to Central Eastern Europe and transhipment hub for the Baltic, ” he said. “This is why it is the fastest growing port in Europe. Gdansk has the best hinterland connections into central and eastern Europe reaching 120million people. We are determined to drive growth further and we have already invested in new cranes and infrastructure that has helped increase TEU capacity from 2.2million (m) in 2018 to an estimated 2.8m in 2019. We can continue to grow and increase this capacity to 3m TEU by 2020 and eventually 7m TEU. Key to this will be our €20m investment in the rail network and equipment including increasing the port’s railway tracks from four to seven. This investment combined with improvements to cross-border rail and road networks into countries like the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Belarus and Ukraine means Gdansk has huge potential to grow.”
Meanwhile, the Port of Gdansk Authority vice-president for infrastructure Marcin Osowski outlined plans to build a new €2.8billion Euro Central Port as ‘the biggest maritime investment project in Europe’, which will complement DCT Gdansk’s operations.
“The Port of Gdansk grew by 20pc in 2018 and 9pc already this year and we are on target to exceed 50m tonnes of cargo for the first time, up from 40m in 2017,” he said. “But our ultimate ambition is to grow cargo to 100m tonnes. Critical to that is our current infrastructure investment programme of €591m and our plans for the new Central Port. This is a truly great business and commercial opportunity for Singapore and Asian investors. This is tangible, it has the support of the Polish Government and the whole maritime industry in Poland. The funding can be flexible split between public and private finance and the development itself can be flexible depending on port requirements.”
Mr Osowski said the proposals for the Central Port include building 19 km of operational quays, 8.5 km of breakwaters and the building of nine terminals, four turning areas and three approach fairways. He said the terminals could be used for containers, passengers, offshore operations, LNG operations and shipbuilding.
Elsewhere, the Port of Gdansk CFO Slawomir Michalewski discussed ramping up bunkering operations at the port to save ships time travelling to Kaliningrad for fuel. He further championed Gdansk as the only port on the Baltic capable of receiving the biggest container vessels in the world from Asia. He said a big element to the future growth of the port would be plans to regenerate Poland’s inland waterways network to accommodate more freight including the famous Vistula River.
The delegation was opened by the Polish Minister for Maritime Economy Marek Grobarczyk, together with Polish Ambassador to Poland Magdalena Bogdziewicz and Singapore’s Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Transport Baey Yam Keng.
Associated Terminals has announced the acquisition of New Orleans Bulk Terminal. Located on the Michoud... Read more
The Port of Los Angeles moved near-record cargo in 2019, just short of the second-best year in its 113... Read more
Teesside’s shipping community has appointed senior business leaders from two of the region&rsquo... Read more
The Port of Kiel achieved a sound result last year. The cargo sector achieved an increase of 1.9 % to... Read more
The MV LMZ Phoebe has sailed from Saqr Port berth 10 with a draft of 12.78M. The vessel is the first... Read more
Despite a reduction in solid bulk volumes last year, Dunkerque-Port's annual traffic reached 53 MT,... Read more
The heavy goods specialist, Rhenus Project Logistics, is currentlyorganising the transportation, handling... Read more
North Sea Port has posted a record year for the third year in a row. The firms based in the port transhipped... Read more
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has welcomed the Green Deal presented by the European Commission in... Read more
On January 1, 2020, the leadership of the Association of Schleswig-Holstein Ports (GvSH) changed. Frank... Read more