Port of Gdansk on Track for Record Year
The total throughput realized at Poland’s Port of Gdansk over the first ten months of 2014 amounted to 26,489,411 tonnes, the result that is 4.7% higher compared to the corresponding period of the port’s record-breaking year of 2013.
Since the beginning of this year, the Port of Gdansk has handled more than 10 million tonnes of liquid fuels, which indicates almost 11% growth as compared to the corresponding period of the last year. Bearing in mind the seasonal nature typical of this cargo group combined with the global trend prevailing on the market for several months now, it can be expected that in 2014 the result of around 12 million tonnes should be reached, which remains in accordance with the outlooks.
The port handled record 9.2 million tonnes of general cargo, with the main share of containerised break-bulk processed by the DCT terminal.
Throughput rates of general cargo over the past ten months have slightly exceeded the forecasts, and there is no indication suggesting that this trend might change in the nearest future.
The throughput of bulk cargo, which at this time of the year stands at 2,952,473 tonnes, is almost 37% more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. The growing volumes of “other bulk” is mainly driven by the handling of aggregates, which in October alone accounted for half the amount of this cargo group. The structure of “other bulk” has changed in line with the situation of the construction industry influenced by the rapidly developing road building and the implementation of infrastructure investment projects. Continued growth in the handling of this type of cargo in the Port of Gdansk can be expected in the coming years.
In view of both the positive trends observed in cargo handling and new investment projects implemented in the Port of Gdansk, the port expects a continued steady growth of throughput volumes.