Transshipments at the seaport, Kołobrzeg, increased by as much as 63 per cent last year. The Sea Port Authority has just summarised the transshipment activities for 2023. Thanks to infrastructure investments, the company’s representatives assume that the transport of goods by sea will be even greater in the coming years.
The Port of Kołobrzeg has behind it another year distinguished by a significant increase in the transshipment of goods,” reads the official communiqué of the Kołobrzeg Sea Port Authority.- 2023 ended with a result of 277.8 thousand tonnes. It is as much as 63 per cent higher than that achieved in 2022. This jump is mainly due to new cargoes, including above all corn from Ukraine. Because the Port of Kolobrzeg, like the ports of Gdynia, Gdansk, Szczecin and Swinoujscie, was designated by the government for the transit of corn from the country of our neighbours, whose access to the Black Sea ports was cut off by hostilities.
The increase in maize transshipments was due to the war in Ukraine, which had previously been one of the largest exporters of maize in the world. Its exports were halted due to the hostilities and the blockade of Black Sea ports, among other things. Poland, neighbouring Ukraine, then became one of the main transit countries for Ukrainian maize.
Another factor that contributed to the increase in transshipments at the Port of Kolobrzeg was infrastructure investments. In 2021, a railway siding was opened, which facilitated the transport of goods to the port. Over the past five years, warehouse space has also been increased from 6,000 m2 to 10,500 m2. This is a 75 per cent increase in existing space.
It is worth mentioning that in 2018, 110 thousand tonnes of goods were transshipped in the Port of Kołobrzeg. At that time, the largest volume of transshipments was the bulk cargo group, mainly aggregate and timber. In the following years, there was a clear change in the structure of transshipments. In 2022, maize became a new cargo, accounting for 41 per cent of all transshipments. In 2023, its share increased to 48 per cent. The goods transshipped in the Port of Kołobrzeg have diversified, and the aggregate and timber that dominated in earlier years have been joined by pellets, cereals and fertilisers.
Thanks to infrastructure investments, the Port of Kolobrzeg has become a more attractive place for transshipment of goods. Their volume is expected to increase further in the coming years. The Port of Kolobrzeg has the potential for further development. There are plans to increase the depth of the waterway, thanks to which the port will be able to receive larger vessels,” the summary reads.