Recognising the opportunity Poland had to offer a reliable and cost-effective alternative to the ports of Northern Europe, local port authorities awarded DCT Gdansk a long-term concession to build and operate a new deep-sea container terminal on the edge of the Baltic Sea.
Beginning with a stretch of undeveloped coastline, Macquarie Asset Management and its co-shareholders supported DCT Gdansk as it oversaw the greenfield development of the only port in the region able to serve Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV). With a quay length of 1,306 metres and a maximum depth of 17 metres, the port received its first vessel in 2007.
DCT Gdansk faced a difficult operating environment upon opening for business. The onset of the global financial crisis, combined with the unique nature of the direct call to Poland, made securing vessel calls for the new terminal challenging in its early years.
This perseverance was rewarded when the port began accepting direct calls from Asia in 2010, with container vessels capable of carrying 8,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo arriving to transport Polish imports and exports. By 2011, DCT Gdansk was handling the world’s largest class of ship on a weekly basis.
With container volumes handled by the port expanding rapidly, Macquarie and its co-shareholders supported DCT Gdansk as it invested to grow capacity further. This culminated in the construction of a second quay in 2016, which saw the port’s annual throughput capacity double – increasing to ~3 million TEU. Macquarie also helped improve the efficiency of Polish imports and exports by supporting DCT Gdansk as it invested to enhance rail connectivity and partnered with freight providers to increase the rail share of cargo.
The transformation that occurred at DCT Gdansk over our 13-year investment is a perfect example of how clear vision and effective partnership can create real and lasting value for the communities in which we operate.”
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