In a week’s time, we will decide on a tender for a crosscut of the Mierzeja Wiślana (The Vistula Spit)”
stressed Marek Gróbarczyk, the Minister of Maritime Economy, on Friday in Katowice.
In a week’s time we will settle the tender – an extremely important investment for us – that is the construction of a canal through the Vistula Spit. In a week’s time we will choose a contractor for this investment”.- said Gróbarczyk during the Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice Party) and Zjednoczonej Prawicy (United Right Party) Programme Convention in Katowice.
In a June conversation with PAP (Polish Press Agency),
the Minister announced
that a construction contractor would be appointed in July; at the turn of September and October, a contract will be signed with the contractor and the physical construction will begin.
At the end of May, bids were opened from potential contractors for a new waterway between the Gulf of Gdańsk and the Vistula Lagoon. Seven bids were received, but only six are considered. Turkish Kolin Insaat Turizm Sanayi VE TIC indicated that its offer is a test offer and entered the amount of PLN 1. As the Maritime Office in Gdynia explained, this proposal does not constitute an offer within the meaning of the provisions of the Public Procurement Law.
Prices offered by other investors range from over PLN 992.2 million
to PLN 1.4 billion.
The Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation wanted to allocate over PLN 718 million for the implementation of the first part of the investment, i.e. the construction of a shelter port, a shipping channel and an artificial island.
According to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Inland Navigation, the construction of a new waterway is to significantly improve access to the Elbląg port and guarantee Poland free access from the Vistula Lagoon to the Baltic Sea, bypassing the Russian-controlled Piławska Strait. Thanks to this solution, the Elbląg terminal will be able to freely accept smaller loads, relieving the burden on Tricity ports. The development of this port is to foster the creation of new jobs, improve the tourist values of the towns located on the Vistula Lagoon and affect the economic development of the entire region of north-eastern Poland.
The shipping channel through the Vistula Spit is to be about 1 km long and 5 m deep. It will allow ships with a draught of up to 4 m, length of 100 m and width of 20 m to enter the port of Elbląg. The construction of the canal will last until 2022.
author: Michał Boroń