Gdansk lifts record 27.3 million tonnes in first half, closes in on Petersburg
POLAND's main Port of Gdansk announced that it beat last year's first half record, up nine per cent to 27
POLAND's main Port of Gdansk announced that it beat last year's first half record, up nine per cent to 27.3 million tonnes year on year in overall cargo throughput, says St Petersburg's PortNews.
The Port of Gdansk keeps getting closer to St Petersburg - the largest container port on the Baltic Sea. Gdansk, the second largest one, only needs 130,000 TEU in order to catch up with the Russian port.
'We managed to achieve increases in all cargo groups. Fuels are the leader after the first half of the year, having reached impressive growth dynamics of 21.5 per cent compared to the previous year,' said Port of Gdansk Authority president Lukasz Greinke.
'The Port of Gdansk also achieved a great result in the transshipment of general cargo - as many as 11.3 million tonnes were handled, 4.2 per cent more than last year. Over 10.3 million tonnes out of the above were goods transported in containers, he said.
The first half of the year was not the only record-breaking period at the port this year - in May and June, monthly transshipment volumes exceeded five million tonnes for the first time.
'Coal is the third largest cargo group, having come to nearly 3.5 million tonnes this first half of 2019. We can also see an increase in the number of commercial vessel calls at the port - there were as many as 1,489, ie, 84 more than last year,' said port commercial director Adam Klos.
Gdansk has also recorded growth in the transshipment of cargo from the ro-ro group - by 24.3 per cent, and in the case of the transshipment of timber - by as much as 41.4 per cent.