The new facility, located at 22 Kontenerowa St., right next to the DCT container terminal, is the largest cold store to date, forming part of PAGO's nationwide network of Frozen Food Logistics Centers. On a 4.3 hectare plot, a 1.5 hectare building with full logistic facilities dedicated to containers handling was constructed.
-The cold store in the port is the result of discussions with our customers about their needs and what we, as a logistics operator, could do for them. We decided to create the best possible conditions for a comprehensive service of containers in import and export. - This is how Maciej Gościniak, Vice President of the Management Board of PAGO, explains the decision about the choice of location, the parameters of the facility and the scope of services. Proximity to DCT allows for optimal use of container capacity. It also shortens the transport time between the cold store and the port and makes the timely placement of containers in the terminal independent of unforeseen situations on the roads. The cold store carries out the loading under the supervision of the Veterinary Inspection 7 days a week. On an ongoing basis, it expands the scope of export rights to third countries, according to the demand signaled by the Customers. It has its own means of transport to carry containers between the cold store and the port.
Adam Majkowski, who has held the same position at the Lebork branch since 2010, has become the Cold Store Director.
The cold store was built in record time. - The next construction project is the sum of the experience of the previous ones. We have regular, reliable contractors who know perfectly the specificity of the works and our expectations. - Rafał Kurak, PAGO's Technical Director, comments on the pace of the investment. The cold storage building is modern, energy efficient, and has an environmentally friendly cooling system.
The ramp, the so-called dispatch area, was divided into four independent rooms with different temperature ranges. One of them is dedicated exclusively to fresh meat. From there, it goes to the freezing chambers, with a total capacity of 180 tons per day.
The company aims to cooperate with exporters and importers of frozen food of all assortment groups, i.e. besides meat and poultry, among others: fruits and vegetables, fish, ready meals, dairy and egg products. The facility also serves as a cold store dedicated to local entrepreneurs and a cross-dock warehouse, as part of the National Logistics Centre of Frozen Food PAGO network.
Three storage chambers have space for 36,000 pallets of frozen food. One of them combines storage and picking functions. The cold store in Gdansk is equipped with an ERP information system, the same as in the other facilities.
Currently, PAGO has six cold stores with full logistical facilities, with nearly 170 000 pallet spaces, near Poznań (Grodzisk Wielkopolski), Warsaw (Bieniewo-Parcela, Gnatowice Stare), Katowice (Dąbrowa Górnicza), Gdańsk (Lębork) and in the Port of Gdańsk (Gdańsk, ul. Kontenerowa 22).