DCT Gdańsk has signed a contract for the construction of the third deep-water terminal known as T3.
The contract is signed with a consortium of Budimex S.A. and Dredging International NV.
T3 project will include a deep-water quay of 717 metres long and 17.5 metres deep, and a yard area of 36.5 hectares.
The investment will involve the purchase of 7 new quay cranes capable of handling the world’s largest vessels, and 20 semi-automated Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes for the container yard.
The works are to start in September.
When T3 is completed, DCT Gdańsk will be among the largest container terminal hubs in Europe, able to handle the next generation of containerships arriving to the Baltic Sea, reducing sailing distances for feeder vessels, and providing Polish and regional shippers with more connections around the world on efficient services.
Dredging and reclamation works will start in September and will be followed in early 2023 by the construction of the northern and southern walls, and the main berth.
T3 is scheduled to open for commercial operations by mid 2024, with full completion of the project planned for the second quarter of 2025.
Charles Baker, CEO of DCT Gdańsk, said: “During construction, we will take all precautionary measures to protect the environment, marine life and habitats in the area influenced by the construction.
“Once complete, the terminal will be the most advanced of its kind in the Baltic Sea and will reflect our commitment to sustainable investing and operating, with reduced CO2 emissions both from the construction, and the equipment we will deploy for future operations.”
In its first phase, the new terminal will increase DCT Gdansk’s handling capacity by 1.7 million TEU to a total of 4.5 million TEU per year.
“The launch of the works for T3 will mark the beginning of a new era for container handling in the Baltic region,” added Baker.
“This pioneering journey began at DCT Gdańsk 15 years ago and we are proud of our achievements to date, and thankful to our customers, staff and all our other stakeholders for the faith and loyalty that they have shown us. T3 is the natural step in our journey to truly become The Baltic Hub.”