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Exclusive : Marek Grzybowski:  3 questions for Łukasz Greinke, President of the Board Managing Director of the Port of Gdańsk Authority SA

Port of Gdańsk as a window on the world for Polish entrepreneurs

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Marek Grzybowski
Total handling in the Port of Gdańsk amounted to 17.3 million tonnes in the first four months. This is 15.2% more than in the same period a year ago. The total amount of all infrastructure projects, both those financed from our funds and those financed from EU funds, is nearly PLN 3.5 billion.

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Marek Grzybowski: How does handling look in the Port of Gdańsk terminals in the first months of 2021? Has the market already recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Łukasz Greinke: I can proudly say that we are the fastest-growing European port of the last decade. After the 2020 summary, we are 18th in Europe. The beginning of this year gives us even more hope. After a slight slowdown last year due to the pandemic, we are back on the path of growth. The first quarter of 2021 confirmed the high position of the Port of Gdańsk in the Baltic Sea.
We achieved this not only by moving up the podium among all Baltic ports but also by taking first place in the container ranking. Total handling in the Port of Gdańsk amounted to 17.3 million tonnes in the first four months. This is 15.2% more than in the same period a year ago. At that time, handling amounted to just over 15 million tonnes. The dominant cargo group is still small cargo (more than 7.8 million tonnes)t the second place is fuel ( more than 5.7 Million Tonnes),

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Marek Grzybowski: The Port of Gdańsk is a window into the world for Polish entrepreneurs. What does that mean?

Łukasz Greinke: Our goal is to be the port of the first choice for products with code 590, that is, goods of Polish manufacturers who want to grow their business internationally. We want the greatest possible amount of goods to flow through our port, not through the ports of Western Europe. And it is slowly starting to change. It was the Port of Gdańsk, not, for example, Hamburg, that was chosen by the Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa S.A., which in 2019 built the most modern sugar terminal in Europe. Thanks to this investment,
Polish sugar reaches markets all over the world, precisely through the Port of Gdańsk. Exports are growing very rapidly in the Port of Gdańsk. This is shown by the statistics of the movement of goods. The Baltic Sea basin is becoming a backbone for the huge market of Central and Eastern Europe, and Gdansk is one of the windows into the world for Polish entrepreneurs.
As the administrator of the port area, we need to modernize the port infrastructure so that investing in our port pays off so that sending goods out into the world is economically viable.
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Marek Grzybowski: What investments are being carried out in the Port of Gdańsk?

Łukasz Greinke: There have not been such large investment programs in the port of Gdańsk since the 1970s. Over the last 5 years, we have been carrying out our investments on an unprecedented scale. The total amount of all infrastructure projects, both those financed from our funds and those financed from EU funds, is nearly PLN 3.5 billion. Currently, 7 km of the waterway are being upgraded and quays (5 km) are being extended in the Inner Port.
These projects will improve accessibility to the inner part of the port for larger vessels. In addition, we are completing the reconstruction of the road and rail system in the Outer Port in order to bring rail and road traffic to individual bases and handling terminals located in the deepwater part of the port. In total, 7.2 km of roads, 10 km of new tracks, and 7 engineering structures were built or rebuilt.
Public institutions such as the Maritime Office (building new fairways to the port, new breakwaters) and PKP PLK (a railway system leading to the port gates) are also investing in the port. Trade partners are also investing.

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