The Gdańsk Naftoport boasts record-breaking operational results
Date of publication: 09.02.2024
The key terminal supplying crude oil to Poland has boasted growing transshipments, thereby emphasizing its role in developing the country's energy security. This comes amidst the dynamic expansion of Naftoport, which is set to receive a new transshipment station in the future.
The company reported that last year it handled 471 tankers, with crude oil and fuel transshipments amounting to 36.6 million tons on its premises. This represented a 49% increase compared to the previous year, also setting a record for transshipped tonnage, which stood at 24.5 million tons for the year 2022.
The importance of Naftoport increased after February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, leading to sanctions on Russian raw material supplies and the subsequent search for alternatives. Even before the conflict, however, the terminal achieved a high transshipment result of nearly 18 million tons in 2021. Nonetheless, significant growth in transshipments can be observed in subsequent years. This poses a challenge for the infrastructure of the Gdańsk terminal facilities, hence the importance of constructing a new transshipment station, which will alleviate Naftoport's load and ensure further records. Only from February to August 2023, the company recorded a 60% increase in transshipments compared to the previous year.
Currently, the terminal in Gdańsk receiving crude oil deliveries is the sole source of this raw material for Poland's needs, and its role will also grow internationally. "Our role has become crucial, and the ability to adapt to changing conditions has allowed us to meet current challenges. This enables us to ensure stable supplies for the national economy and also the possibility of delivering finished fuel products to the global market," emphasized Andrzej Brzózka, President of Naftoport, in an interview with GospodarkaMorska.pl.
Naftoport remains the exclusive owner of port infrastructure, consisting of hydraulic structures along with ship mooring devices and technological installations, four transshipment stations with a transshipment capacity of 34 million tons of crude oil and petroleum products annually. Its transshipment stations are located in the enclosed basins of the North Port Fuel Base in Gdańsk, sheltered by breakwaters and protected from spills by a permanent and pneumatic dam. The waterway has a depth of 17.5 meters, a width of 600 meters, and a length of 7.2 kilometers. Tankers ranging from 6,000 to 300,000 tons DWT and up to 340 meters in length with a draft of 15 meters can call at the Fuel Base. The limitation of ship draft to 15 meters in the Base is due to insufficient depth in the Danish Straits. Ship entry into the port is assisted by tugs, among the largest and most modern in the Baltic Sea.