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Almost 5 km of berths, 7 km of fairway were modernized; navigation improved

Polish seaport of Gdańsk has completed one of the largest investment projects “Modernization of the fairway, widening of berths and improvement of navigation conditions in the Inland Port” for more than PLN 595 million ($133.7 million as of June 29, 2022), a press release on the website of the city of Gdańsk reads.

Implementation of the project started in 2016. During this time, almost 5 km of berths and more than 7 km of the Inland Port fairway were reconstructed. In particular, the berths of Oliwskie, Ziółkowskiego, Obrońców Poczty Polskiej and Mew, Zbożowe, Wisłoujście, Dworzec Drzewny, as well as the berths of Wiślanego, Szczecińskiego, BON were renovated.

Reconstruction of the Dworzec Drzewny berth made it possible to put it into operation, making the berth universal. Now the berth, which has not received a ship for many years, can serve the largest ships entering the Inland Port.

“Until now, it was a quay berth, which has not been used for many years due to poor technical condition. Today we can see how the biggest cranes work at it. The most difficult part of the project was the execution of all construction tasks during transshipment works. We haven’t had a single day of downtime,” said Łukasz Greinke, the port’s CEO.

In addition, after the deepening and settlement of the fairway, the allowable subsidence of vessels entering the Inland Port has increased. Vessels up to 250 m long, 35 m wide and 10.6 m sediment can now be serviced in the port canal. In the Kaszubski canal, vessels up to 190 m long, 25 m wide and 9.35 m sediment can be serviced.

The project is 85% funded by the European Union through the CEF instrument.

Earlier, the Polish port of Gdańsk opened a form through which Ukrainian companies will be able to submit requests for the possibility of exporting or importing goods through port terminals.

GMK Center also reported that Poland proposed to build a wide-gauge line to the seaport of Gdańsk to transport Ukrainian exports. This port can become the main artery for the export of Ukrainian grain, so now the parties are concluding agreements that can become the basis for large investments.

According to the results of 2021, the port of Gdańsk handled 53.2 million tons of cargo, which is 11% more than in 2020.