‘We have surpassed the Russian Port of Primorsk and are currently ranked second in the Baltic in total cargo handled. We also held onto first place in container handling. July was an absolute record-breaker – a historic 5.8 million tonnes per month were handled. We have a good chance of ending the year at over 60 million tonnes’, explains Łukasz Greinke, CEO of the Port of Gdańsk.
From January to the end of July, more than 36 million tonnes of goods were handled in the Port of Gdańsk. This is 20 per cent more than in the same period last year. Almost all cargo groups reported increases. The biggest increase was recorded in timber – by 3,150 per cent. The handling of ores also increased significantly – by 267 per cent. There was an increase in energy raw materials. Coal increased by nearly 67 per cent and liquid fuels by more than 39 per cent. Only other bulk goods (aggregates, sulphur) recorded declines – by 23 per cent. There is a slight adjustment in LCL goods (-0.4 per cent).
After a year of the pandemic, the cruise market crashed. This year brings a positive change. Due to the war in Ukraine, there is more cruise ship traffic in the Baltic ports. This is due to shipowners’ decisions – no passenger vessels are currently entering the Russian port of St Petersburg. The port of Gdańsk estimates that a record number of over 90 cruise ships will arrive by the end of the year, and estimates that it will welcome around 35,000 tourists. By the end of July, it hosted 53 cruise ships, 44 more than in the entire past year.