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Record for Gdynia
March 5, 2008 By Marek Grzybowski   
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4 percent of Poland's garbage is recycled compared with an EU average of 37 percent.

Last year, the Port of Gdynia handled 17 million metric tons of general and bulk cargo, 75,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 containers to chalk up the best result in its 85-year history.

The Port of Gdynia Authority reported a gross profit of almost zl.37.2 million on an income of over zl.153.6 million last year. This was up zl.10.5 million on 2006. "The high handling rates and record-breaking financial results can be put down to the booming economy and the sound investment policies of my predecessors," said chairman Przemysław Marchlewicz.

The port performed particularly well in container handling. Five years ago, Gdynia handled less than 250,000 TEU (the standard unit of container capacity). This figure shot up to 461,200 during Poland's third year in the European Union. "We exceeded 600,000 TEU in 2007 to rank third along the Baltic, after Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Gothenborg, Sweden," said deputy-chairman in charge of marketing Janusz Jarosiński. "We're the domestic market leaders, handling 80 percent of all containers shipped in and out of Poland by sea."

The Port of Gdynia is planning to further upgrade its wharves and the harbor canal. Three Gdynia projects will be largely financed under the EU's Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program. These include constructing a new ferry terminal, upgrading the harbor canal and improving road and rail access to accommodate sea ferries. The Port of Gdynia will also be funding much of the infrastructure investment and a new logistics center from its own resources. All this is in addition to recent and ongoing infrastructure investment such as modernizing the wharves, building a new ferry loading ramp as well as a ramp for Finland-bound Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) ships. One key project nearing completion is the final section of Kwiatkowskiego Expressway. This will link the port to the Gdańsk-Sopot-Gdynia Tricity beltway and the A1 freeway.
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