Against all expectations, the Polish container terminal operator DCT Gdansk passed the 100,000TEU mark in mid December.
According to DCT Gdansk’s CEO, Boris Wenzel, a steady increase in traffic has seen monthly volumes rise: “We had thought we would have to wait for 2009 to be able to report a six-figure annual throughput figure but the arrival of Maersk Line on 1 December changed all that. Maersk Line has brought not just an increase in vessel calls but also more road vehicle movements through the gate and increased rail traffic at the terminal’s dedicated rail facility. We are busier in every department and have been recruiting and training new staff for some months now. I am pleased to say though that our operations have continued to run smoothly.”
Much of the Maersk Line volume is moving on the company’s dedicated weekly Bremerhaven–DCT Gdansk feeder service. Maersk also works closely with Team Lines, an established DCT Gdansk customer, and consequently the number of Team Lines’ calls has also increased during December.
As more containers are now moving over DCT Gdansk to/from distant inland locations within Central and Eastern Europe, the terminal operator has been able to increase the number and frequency of rail services it offers. These trains have been well supported and more are promised.