PCC Rail SA, one of the biggest Polish private logistics operators, has become the first rail freight operator to run a train into DCT Gdansk’s new rail terminal. It brought in over 50 Hapag-Lloyd containers that are to be loaded onto a Team Lines feeder vessel. On arrival, this ship inaugurates operations at the new purpose-built deepwater container terminal.
The first container train, hauled by a PCC Rail locomotive, entered the rail terminal on 30 May. Trains operated by other companies will also have access to the new facility with PCC Rail acting as a neutral rail terminal operator on behalf of DCT Gdansk.
In order to maximize the benefit of this on-dock rail facility and speed cargo movements over longer distances, DCT Gdansk SA plans to provide a very efficient service for containers. With effect from today, the terminal will be offering three roundtrips per week between Gdansk and Euroterminal in Snawkow (in the southern part of Poland). Additional services will be added in line with the requirements of DCT Gdansk’s customers.
At present, the DCT Gdansk SA rail terminal can accommodate and handle two 600m blocktrains at a time although initially the second track will be used to release the locomotive. However, the design of the terminal is such that up to four tracks can be commissioned quite easily.
One of the unquestionable assets of the DCT Gdansk terminal is its position on the edge of the city of Gdansk. Not only does it offer excellent links to Poland’s extensive rail network, it is also ideally located for access to the main trunk road network and the future A1 motorway.