The importance of Naftoport at the Port of Gdańsk is growing with new records -
The importance of Naftoport at the Port of Gdańsk is growing with new records
Date of publication: 19.06.2023

Russia's aggression against Ukraine and the consequent economic sanctions have turned the supply routes of energy resources in Europe upside down. The Naftoport in Gdańsk benefited from this, becoming one of the most important routes for the supply of crude oil and fuels for Poland... and Germany.

The reloading capacity of Naftoport in Gdańsk exceeds the demand of Polish refineries for crude oil. Refineries from Germany, which were cut off from the raw material after stopping the use of oil from Russia, benefit from this.

According to, the demand for oil in Polish refineries is about 27 million tons per year. Meanwhile, the Naftoport oil terminal in Gdańsk is able to reload much more during the year. Last year, the terminal handled a record 24.5 million tons of products (which arrived on 363 ships), the vast majority of which was crude oil. In January this year, the then president of the Port of Gdańsk Authority, Łukasz Greinke, said that Naftoport still has large reserves. The capacity of the terminal will increase even more after the opening of a new deep-water berth for transshipment of crude oil and petroleum products. In the meantime, however, Naftoport set new records. In May 2023 alone, which turned out to be a record month, 3.4 million tons of crude oil and fuels were handled and 41 tankers were handled. Interestingly, the transhipment volumes are constantly growing - until recently, September 2022 was the record month for Naftoport, when 2.6 million tons of cargo passed through the terminal, then the record was broken successively by January 2023 (3 million tons), March 2023 (3.2 million tons), then the mentioned May 2023.

Naftoport's capabilities are appreciated by Poland's western neighbors, as described in more detail by the portal. German refineries Leuna and Schwedt found themselves in a difficult situation after giving up oil purchases from Russia. However, they started importing oil from the international market via Gdańsk. It reaches Leuna from Naftoport thanks to a nearly 1,000-kilometre-long pipeline. Oil from Gdańsk also reaches Schwedt via the pipeline system.

The Germans turned to Naftoport due to the fact that their own oil terminals do not have sufficient capacity. The terminal in Rostock can handle tankers up to 100,000 tons, and its capacity is far too small to serve both refineries and other customers.

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