Polish ports' stevedoring grows to record high

Polish ports handled 108.3 million tonnes of cargo in 2019, up from 105.7 million tonnes in the previous year, according to data provided by the Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways Ministry.

The Port of Gdańsk took the lead in terms of the rise in stevedoring operations. The port handled 52.2 million tonnes, 6.4 percent more than in 2018.

The quantity of cargo transported through the Port of Gdynia grew 2.2 percent to almost 24 million tonnes, while the Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex saw a 3.3 percent decline to 32.2 million tonnes.

Maritime and Inland Waterways Minister Marek Grobarczyk said that to maintain the upward curve, Polish ports must invest in infrastructure. The biggest such investment project, the Central Port, is being implemented in Gdańsk at a cost of PLN 12 billion (EUR 2.83 billion).

Other important investment projects include the building of an outer port in Gdynia (PLN 5 billion/EUR 1.0 billion) and a container terminal in Świnoujście (PLN 2.5 billion/EUR 590 million).

The minister added that wide-ranging modernisation projects aiming to improve rail access to the three strategic Polish ports are underway.