Polish container terminal DCT Gdansk is to increase its handling capacity to 1 million TEU.
As one of the fastest growing terminals in Europe, located on the southern Baltic coast, it has invested heavily in recent months in the purchase of new handling equipment.
“We have made serious plans to buy new cranes as a first step to attract regular weekly calls of the biggest vessels in the world to Gdansk,” said Jedrzej Mierzewski, DCT's Chief Operations Officer.
"We already have seven IMVs, two new STS cranes and three new RTGs, and in October we are expecting another seven IMVs," Mr Mierzewski added.
At the beginning of August, DCT received two new STS cranes and further supporting yard equipment required to operate them.
“Three additional RTG cranes are expected in May 2012, ” said Boris Wenzel, DCT’s CEO. “With these cranes we will increase the amount of our equipment by 60%," Mr Wenzel added. The new cranes were discharged from Enchanter and will be assembled at the terminal.
“We need to develop much faster than any other container terminal in the region to respond to the demand in a new market we have created, several shipping lines are planning to introduce deep sea calls into the Baltic Sea using DCT Gdansk. We want to be able to accommodate them while at the same time we continue to increase the quality of our service to existing clients," Mr Wenzel concluded.