The Gdańsk Deepwater Container Terminal started its operations on the 1st of June 2007, when the first commercial container ship called at the Deepwater Container Terminal. During the first years of operation, the terminal specialised in servicing feeder ships. Since January 2010, container vessels with the capacity of 8,000 TEU from the Far East have called at Gdańsk every week. The possibility of direct connection with Asia contributed to the development of the Deepwater Container Terminal, which has become the Baltic hub and one of the fastest developing terminals in the world.
In 2011, the terminal started servicing E class container vessels with a capacity of 15,500 TEU, and in 2013 Triple E class vessels with a capacity of 18,000 TEU belonging to Maersk Line.
In 2015, two shipping alliances – 2M (Maersk Line and MSC) and G6 operating at that time (APL, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, MOL, NYK and OOCL), as well as shipping lines: UASC, Team Lines, Hamburg Sud and DAL joined the group of customers of the Gdańsk Deepwater Container Terminal. In 2017, the G6 alliance was replaced by Ocean Alliance (OOCL, COSCO, CMA CGM, Evergreen).
The Deepwater Container Terminal, as the only such facility in the Baltic Sea, is able to handle container vessels carrying over 24 thousand 20-foot containers (24 thousand TEU). One of these is MSC Gülsün, at almost 400 m long. When the second deepwater container quay was built in 2016, it doubled the capacity of DCT Gdańsk to 3 million TEU annually, to become the largest container terminal in the Baltic Sea in terms of reloading.
In 2021, the terminal handled 2,117,829 TEU.
The terminal offers the following permanent container connections:
2M – Maersk Line (432/E1 service) on the route –
Gdansk – Bremerhaven – Rotterdam – Suez Canal – Tanjung Pelepas – Shanghai – Xingang – Qingdao – Kwangyang – Ulsan – Ningbo – Shanghai – Yantian – Tanjung Pelepas – Suez Canal – Algeciras – Sines – Bremerhaven – Gdansk with calls once a week
Ocean Alliance (LL1/AEU1 service) on the route –
Gdansk – Wilhelmshaven – Piraeus – Port Klang – Hong Kong – Shanghai – Ningbo – Xiamen – Yantian – Singapore – Felixstowe – Zeebrugge – Gdansk calling once a week
Seago on the routes –
Gdansk – Bremerhaven – Felixstowe – Kotka – Riga – Bremerhaven – Wilhelmshaven – Gdansk – Klaipeda – St. Petersburg – Rauma – Gdansk with calls twice a week (L02 service).
Gdansk – Kaliningrad – Gävle – Norrköping – Kiel Canal – Wilhelmshaven – Bremerhaven – Kiel Canal – Gdansk with calls once a week (L35 service)
Gdansk – Wilhelmshaven – Bremerhaven – Helsinki – Ust-Luga – St. Petersburg – Gdansk with calls once a week (L49 service).
Ocean Alliance on the routes –
Gdansk – Riga – Klaipeda – Gdansk with calls once a week (PFX1 service)
Gdansk – Helsinki – Kotka – Gdansk with calls once a week (PFX2 service).
Gdansk – St. Petersburg – Gdansk with calls once a week (PRX/SBXK service).
Unifeeder/OOCL on the routes –
Gdansk – Rotterdam – Klaipeda – Gdansk with calls once a week (SBE3 service)
Gdansk – Hamburg – Bremerhaven – Hamburg – Riga – Gdansk with calls once a week (SBI2 service).
Unifeeder on the route –
Gdansk – Hamburg – Klaipeda – Gdansk with calls once a week (SBXE service)
X-Press Feeders on the route –
Gdansk – Hamburg – Gdansk with calls once a week