DP World Romania is developing two new terminals in the Port of Constanța. They consist of a dedicated Roll On/Roll Off (RORO) terminal for trucks and a cargo project terminal. The company is committed to investing $75 million to develop the necessary infrastructure and acquire the associated facilities. An estimated $45 million of this sum is obtained by the company through European Grants.
Constanța is already the largest port for the trade in the Black Sea but is also an important hub for trade routes all over the world. In the first 6 months of 2022 it ranked first in the volume of freight traffic, out of all ports at the Black Sea.
The new RORO terminal will be able to handle over 45.000 units/year in the first stage of the investment and over 80.000 in its second stage. The 7.7 hectares site will also offer a capacity of 400 parking slots for trucks. It will support 30-50 direct jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs.
It will now provide reliable, fast and direct routes for customers. The main industries that will gain advantages from this service will be:
- Import-Export companies from the automotive industry
- Food industry (Fruit & vegetables suppliers in Romania and the entire European region)
- Retail (including supermarkets and common-goods traders)
- Transport companies from Romania and all of Europe
- Factories and Industrial Areas that use raw materials originated in Turkey, in the beginning. Furthermore, markets such as Georgia and the Caspic Sea neighbouring countries will be available
The services offered will include loading and unloading, documentation control, separate parking for import and export fluxes, digital tracking, scanning of units (containers, trucks, semis) and also the possibility of loading trucks on railway carts and delivering them by rail in countries all over Europe. When talking about scanning, we must mention the only drive-through scanner that will be installed in Romania, with a capacity of over 70 trucks/hr.
The cargo terminal is built to be able to load and unload oversized goods, cargo with huge weight and volume and made up of inhomogeneous shapes. It will be able to hold weights of as much as 22 tons / sqm, thus doubling the limit of the sturdiest existent platform in the Port of Constanța. It will allow the handling of objects that weigh up to 11.000 tons. It opens up opportunities to work with industries such as Off-shore oil extraction or the energy industry.
Cosmin Cârstea, CEO DP World Romania said ¨We are living in unprecedented times and we must look forward to all investment opportunities. The new RORO and cargo terminals add to the diversification of services at the Port of Constanța and bring even more benefits to our customers. Coupled with the wide range of intermodal services we offer at the Port, and our reliable sailing routes, DP World will be able to offer integrated services, more flexibility and create quicker and more efficient transport options for all our collaborators, not just now but long into the future.¨
The company is making efforts to optimise the supply chain and create added value through digitalization, by implementing a new software designed to integrate the entirety of services in the Port. This will inevitably lead to shorter waiting times for cargo trucks, more predictability and real-time transparency, quick placement and execution of client orders and streamlining of customs procedures. The development of the new terminals is encouraging companies to make increasing use of sustainable modes of transport such as rail and water.
The investment is slated to be operational early next year and the entire building process will be finalised by the end of 2023. We are looking forward to announcing its inauguration and witnessing the first ships that will sail in and out of the new terminals!