Port of Gdańsk among Europe's TOP20

Despite the global crisis and the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, the Port of Gdańsk on the Polish Baltic coast advanced to the top 20 European ports in the first half of 2020, Anna Drozd, the company's spokeswoman, reported.

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The Polish container terminal came ahead of the ports of Genoa (Italy) and Dunkirk (France).

“The Port of Gdańsk handled 23.2 mln tonnes in H1 2020, which is a 15.2-percent decrease compared to the same period in 2019. Comparing the six months of 2020 with the previous year, grain trans-shipments increased by 188.8 percent, other bulk cargo went up by 10 percent, and ores by as much as 1,127 percent,” Ms Drozd reported.

She also said that the seaport in Gdańsk has tripled its freight activity over the last decade, with a record 52 mln tonnes of cargo handled in 2019 alone.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have not had a single day of downtime in container traffic,” Adam Kłos, the Port of Gdańsk's commercial director, was quoted as saying in a press release.

He added that Gdańsk port is Poland’s strategic “import window” for such raw materials as fuel and coal, for which demand has decreased causing the decline in trans-shipment.

According to the press release, despite the freight volume drop in the first half of the year, the Port of Gdańsk is facing a rebound in the third and fourth quarters due to the role of sea transport as the main carrier of international trade.