The Port of Gdynia maintained cargo handling increase in the first 4 months of this year. By the end of April, more than 8.26 million tonnes were handled in Gdynia, which gives a growth rate of 102.3 percent year on year. In the largest ports of the region the effects of the crisis are more visible.
Over 8.26 million tonnes were handled in the Port of Gdynia. The cargo groups with the highest growth are bulk cargoes. By the end of April, 2.13 million tons of grain were handled in the Port of Gdynia, which gives an impressive growth rate of over 222 % year-on-year. Also, in the “other bulk” group the growth was 37.6 percent. In terms of bulk cargoes decreases are visible only in handling of coal and coke this year.
In the first 4 months of the year Gdynia managed to maintain the cargo handling of liquid fuels at the level of 98 percent. Slight decreases are also visible in general cargo handling (94.7%) and container handling (91%).
The impact of the economic crisis is increasingly visible in the region's major ports. The Port of Gdansk is defending itself against the crisis by increasing the volume of bulk cargo handling, but in the first quarter it recorded a decrease in handling by 8.3 percent compared to the same period last year. Also, cargo handling in the Port of Hamburg amounted to 31.9 million tonnes (-7.9 percent) in the first quarter of 2020. Container turnover reached 2.2 million TEU (-6.6 percent). In Hamburg, the volume of cargo in relation to the hinterland was least affected.
The upward trend in the Port of Gdynia is a continuation of its successes of 2019, which was another consecutive year with a record in cargo handling. The total amount of handled goods exceeded 24 million tonnes. Also, in the first quarter of 2020 the Port of Gdynia was the only Polish port to maintain an upward trend. Parallel to the record-breaking cargo handling in the area of the Port of Gdynia, a number of key investments are being carried out, including the preparation of the largest of them, i.e. the construction of the Outer Port. Today, the Port of Gdynia is a huge construction site. Apart from a number of investments carried out by the Port of Gdynia Authority, such as the construction of the Public Ferry Terminal, rebuilding of quays and deepening of port inner areas or widening the entrance to the port to 140 m, as many as 115 km of tracks are currently being reconstructed within the area of the Port of Gdynia as part of the giant PKP PLK investment. The contract "Improvement of railway access to the seaport of Gdynia" is worth more than PLN 1.8 billion.