The second berth at the Polish Port of Gdansk’s Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) has been opened, expanding the country’s sole deep-sea terminal to become the largest container hub in the Baltic Sea.
Opened by terminal operator DCT, maritime ports consultant CH2M and Belgian contractor BESIX, Terminal 2 (T2) can now accommodate ultra-large vessels of the capacity exceeding 18,000 TEUs which will enter the Baltic Sea through the Danish Straits.
The new 650-meter-long and 17-meter-deep quay is expected to increase DCT’s annual handling capacity to up to 3 million TEUs.
T2 features 5 new ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes which arrived at the site in May this year. These cranes are said to be the largest port equipment in Poland, with a height of 82 meters.
In addition, terminal operations are supported by electrified rubber-tired gantry (eRTG) cranes.
“A key requirement of the project was to power the STS and eRTG cranes with electricity rather than diesel fuel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution,” CH2M said.
The construction of the new deepwater berth started in 2015.