Port of Gdańsk at the international conference on the TEN-T Transeuropean Transport Network
An international conference was held on 15 February in Warsaw as part of the Carpathian Europe series on the redefinition of logistics chains in the light of the new TEN-T transport policy. The event was attended by European transport ministers, European Commission transport representatives, European coordinators of the TEN-T corridors passing through Poland, representatives of European railway infrastructure managers, European seaports, international financial institutions and national public administration officials.
Łukasz Greinke, the Managing Director of the Port of Gdansk participated in the panel dedicated to the role of sea ports in ensuring efficient logistic chains in the TEN-T network corridors. The discussion was attended by: Grzegorz Witkowski, Vice-Minister for Infrastructure, Julius Skačkauskas, Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communication (Lithuania), Anne Elisabet Jensen, European Coordinator for the Baltic–Adriatic Corridor, Eugene Seah, CEO of the Baku International Sea Trade Port and Daniel Jarnea of Konstanca Port.
“We continue to chase Europe. But we also notice that Port of Gdańsk is reaching its maximum handling capacity. This means that it is justified right now to continue developing and increasing our handling capacity by 20–30%. We must look toward the future in order to prepare new shores for our operators, to provide them with better conditions for how they act. Rotterdam is an exceptionally good benchmark for us, as they constructed Maasvlakte (land recovery) and upscaled their port. Port infrastructure must be prepared for various times. Just as we keep our military on stand-by, the same must happen with our ports. We need to respond exceptionally fast to changing market needs. When the war in Ukraine broke out, we as the Management Board of the Port of Gdańsk were certain that we must take the decision to harden additional stacking yards in order to be able to process the increased loads. This allowed us to achieve a 28% increase in handling for the year (68 million tonnes of goods). For this year, we are planning to receive 80 million tonnes. We have the opportunity to become a leader in the Baltic, but we are also coming close to the top ten European ports,” said Managing Director Łukasz Greinke.