In December 2015, the infrastructural investment in the Gdańsk Container Terminal with the total value of 44.6 million PLN (approx. 11 million euro) was completed. The main goal of the project entitled Development of intermodal terminal in the Szczecińskie Quay area of the Port of Gdańsk co-financed by the European Funds (contribution of the Cohesion Fund reached up to 40% of eligible costs) was to improve the tempo and quality of services provided to containerized cargo. As a result, important discrepancies between the transshipment, storage and land service capacities have been reduced. The main elements of the project were:
- hardening of storage sites in the second line of the terminal which resulted in a 30% development of its storage capacity;
- modernization of access infrastructure, in particular the construction of a new gate, repair of the access road, as well as creation of parking spaces for trucks and cars;
- upgrading of rail tracks in the terminal, both connection track and tracks of intermodal handling facility as well as barges;
- development and improvement of water and sewage systems and media delivery infrastructure on the site;
- new fence and lighting system for the terminal.
The above listed elements will improve the competitive position of the GTK terminal on the Baltic container market. In the near future the terminal will also gain direct access to the national road network by a newly built tunnel under the harbour channel. The launching of the tunnel is planned in the spring 2016. As a result, the need to pass through the city center on the way to/from the terminal by road trucks will be eliminated. The entrance to the tunnel is located just 800 meters away from the gate to the terminal, and then through the Sucharskiego Route and Southern Bypass of Gdańsk, the excellent access to the A1 motorway and the expressway S7 will be created (elements of the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor). At the same time, the GTK will gain an easy connection to the investment areas within the Pomeranian Logistics Centre.
Important factors determining further development of the terminal, especially in terms of implemented technology and operational solutions, are the analysis and simulations provided within the framework of the RCMS project. The detailed investigation of available terminal schemes, including the innovative RCMS technology could assist in the process of identification of the next steps on the path of the terminal development.
Source: GTK SA