The Port of Gdansk has unveiled its plans to build a USD $3.1 billions port in a bid to double its cargo volumes from 50 million in 2019 to 100 million tonnes a year.
The expansions proposals for the Central Port include the construction of 19km of operational quays, 8.5km of breakwaters, nine terminals, four turning areas and three approach fairways. He said the terminals could be used for containers, passengers, offshore operations, LNG operations and shipbuilding.
Marcin Osowski, vice president for infrastructure at the Port of Gdansk Authority, called ‘Central Port’ as the most significant maritime investment project in Europe.
Osowski said, “The Port of Gdansk grew by 20pc in 2018 and 9pc already this year and we are on target to exceed 50m tonnes of cargo for the first time, up from 40m in 2017.
“But our ultimate ambition is to grow cargo to 100m tonnes. Critical to that is our current infrastructure investment programme of €591m and our plans for the new Central Port.
It is anticipated that the port development could be funded by public and private finance.
The Port of Gdansk outlined its plans during a maritime delegation from Poland to Singapore organised with PSA International.
PSA acquired in May Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk, the largest container terminal in the country.
Laurent Spiessens, deputy CEO of DCT Gdansk, said, “Key to this will be our €20m investment in the rail network and equipment including increasing the port’s railway tracks from four to seven”