In 2023, the Port of Kołobrzeg handled 277.8 thousand tons of cargo. This is as much as 63% more than in 2022.
According to Kamil Barwinek of the Kołobrzeg Sea Port Authority, 277.8 thousand tons of cargo were handled in Kolobrzeg last year, a sizable 63% increase over 2022. This result was mainly due to new cargoes, mainly corn from Ukraine. The Port of Kolobrzeg, like the ports of Gdynia, Gdańsk, Szczecin and Świnoujście, was designated by the Polish government to transit corn from Ukraine, which was largely unable to export it through its own Black Sea ports. "Thanks to its good preparation, the Port of Kolobrzeg was able to join the Ukraine relief effort at a moment's notice, while at the same time increasing the city's income," - Kamil Barwinek reports.
The ZMPK representative also reported that starting in 2018, when among the 110,000 tons of cargo handled in Kołobrzeg the largest volume was bulk cargo, mainly aggregate and timber, there was a gradual but clear change in the cargo structure. In 2022, corn joined the cargo group, whose transshipments amounted to as much as 41% of the total. In 2023, its share increased to 48%. Barwinek adds that the previously dominant timber and aggregates have also been joined in greater numbers by pellets, grains and fertilizers, making the cargo structure more diverse.
ZMPK also reports that the increase in cargo handling volume in 2023 has also been influenced by the change in the company providing handling services. "Equipped with appropriate, modern equipment, it provides efficient ship handling services," - reads the announcement. Infrastructure investments were also not insignificant. In 2021, a new railroad siding was launched in Kołobrzeg, and over the past five years the storage area has also increased significantly - it grew from 6,000 sqm to 10,500 sqm, or by 75%.
The Kołobrzeg Sea Port Authority assumes that the volume of cargo handled will grow in the coming years. This is to be helped by further investments, including the deepening of the waterway, which will allow larger vessels to enter the port.