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With the impetus to the sea

Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. has recently presented preliminary plans for the expansion of the harbour. According to them, on the extension of the coal pier, apart from the current breakwater, an External Harbour would be created. It would be a pier with a length of 2,500 m and width of 700 m, behind which an external breakwater would be built, and a new main harbour entrances with a width of 300 m in it. The fairway leading to it would also be deepened and widened.

The larger part of the pier, with a total area of 180 ha, would be occupied by a large container terminal with an annual handling capacity of 2 million TEU, with the possibility of expansion by another 500 thousand TEU. There would still be room for a small gas terminal (LNG), which would serve to supply fuel for ships arriving in Gdynia, as well as to supply the future, own gas-fired power plant, providing the terminal and harbour with the necessary energy.

During the presentation of the project, an indicative schedule of this investment and its expected costs were presented. In the next year, the partner should be selected, as it is expected that the project will be implemented in a public-private partnership (PPP). It would take two years to prepare technical documentation – so that in 2021 it was possible to select the contractor. It is assumed that the construction of the External Harbour will last until the end of 2025, and for the next year it will be equipped with the necessary devices. This means that it would be launched in 2026.

The total cost of the investment, according to Port of Gdynia Authority S.A., would amount to EUR 1.64 billion, that is, according to the current exchange rate, PLN 4.575 billion. Expenditures on the port infrastructure would constitute EUR 563 million, and EUR 115 million on the terminal equipment. Another Euro 386 million would be allocated by the maritime administration to provide access from the sea: construction of breakwaters, examination, deepening and extension of the fairway. The University of Gdansk was commissioned the conduct of the necessary environmental research, as most of the works, with the exception of those associated with the provision of road and rail access from the land, would be performed in the “Natura 2000” area, which already starts behind the current harbour breakwater.

Irrespective of the preparation for the implementation of the External Harbour project, the authorities of the Port of Gdynia continue investments associated with the deepening of the harbour channel, thanks to which Gdynia will become a deepwater harbour. In October this year, Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. informed that the internal turntable no. 2, key for the harbour, has already been rebuilt so that it can maneuver ships with a length of up to 360 m. It is necessary to further expand the internal entrance to the harbour from the current 100 m to 140 m. The reconstruction of the wharfs has also begun. The Slovak wharf will be modernized as first. The works include the construction of a new wall along its entire length of 186 m, equipped with higher class fender devices and mooring posts. The contractor will be Strabag. The investment cost is over PLN 16.5 million, and the completion date is 12 months from the date of handover of the construction site. By the end of this year, Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. will also select contractors for the reconstruction of the next wharfs: Norwegian and Italian. Thanks to their protection, the harbour will gain the necessary infrastructure, which will be the basis for deepening of the harbour channel to 16.5 m.

Article developed in cooperation with "Namiary na Morze i Handel" magazine.

phot. Port of Gdynia Authority


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