Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Port of Kołobrzeg in 2021 recorded significant increases in all port functions occurring in Kołobrzeg and once again became the leading center of maritime economy among medium and small seaports on the Polish coast.
Last year, 173,5 thousand tons of cargo were transhipped at the Commercial Port, which is an increase of over 23% compared to 2020. IT is in line with the growth and development trend of the Port of Kołobrzeg before the COVID-19 pandemic. The leading cargo in 2021 was wood, which accounted for almost 50% of all goods handled at the port. The second half of the transhipment volume turned out to be much more diverse, as it consisted of such goods as: pellets with a share of 19.6% in the total cargo weight, aggregate (17.4%), agro-type goods (11.8%) and chemical (1.7%).
It is worth noting that after a long break, grain (oats) has returned to the Kołobrzeg port thanks to the efforts to activate handling, and agro-type cargoes account for a greater share in the total cargo handling from year to year. Importantly, commercial ships with a length of 100 m can call at the port, which allows them to handle approx. 4 thousand tons of goods. At this point it should be mentioned that the Port of Kołobrzeg Authority, in accordance with the adopted development strategy of the port, developed a navigational analysis indicating that in the near future, 130 m long, 20 m wide and 7.5 m draft vessels will be able to call at the Port of Kołobrzeg.
The Kołobrzeg port is not only about transshipments. As a tourist destination, Kołobrzeg uses the activities of the so-called white fleet. Here, an increase in passengers on medium-sized shipping vessels was recorded by 34% compared to last year, which translated into nearly 280,000 passengers of medium-sized shipping and 866 serviced yachts.
On the other hand, more than 42,000 tons of fish were landed in the Fishing Port, thanks to which the Kołobrzeg port was once again at the forefront of the list of fish and fish products handlers. In 2021, the following fish species were reloaded: herring, sprat, plaice, flounder, sand eel, but there were also other fish species, such as cod, salmon and sea trout.