The current situation in the port of Gdańsk is as much a product of history as of any formal or organised planning process. Gdańsk (Danzig under German control), spent much of the early twentieth century outside of any Polish territory that might exist at that time and although it has a history of port activity dating back to 997AD, it was largely neglected after 1900 until the 1950s because of a series of political and historical accidents.