Port of Gdynia with concern for the environment

The dynamics of activities in many strategic investment areas – the Outdoor Port (Port Zewnętrzny) – makes the Port of Gdynia closer and closer to enlarging its area by another 151 ha.

In the past 2019, in addition to selecting a transaction advisor in the formula of public-private partnership with the support of the PPP Department in the Ministry of Development, the Port of Gdynia completed the process related to the inventory of water areas and areas designated for the implementation of the road-rail system to the Outer Port. As a result of the research carried out by scientists from the University of Gdańsk, no negative impact on the integrity of the Bay of Puck area PLB 220005 was found. The implementation of the project will not cause any disruption in communication between individual areas within the Natura 2000 network.

– A thriving business combined with care for the environment is today a standard that attracts more customers. While realizing bold investments we cannot forget about natural resources. The Outdoor Port is a large-scale project, which we implement as part of sustainable development. Satisfying the needs of all stakeholder groups will ensure an efficient course of the investment, which will primarily benefit local business and the people of Gdynia – comments Adam Meller – President of the Port of Gdynia Authority SA.

Pro-ecological solutions are also visible in the owners of cruise ships calling at the Port of Gdynia. The vessels are more and more often equipped with innovative solutions to reduce fuel consumption, such as the under-hull air curtain reduces fuel consumption by 5% or the sea speed silicone paint, thanks to which the vessel achieves 10% fuel savings. Currently, the Port of Gdynia has a service of bunkering ships with green LNG fuel on preferential terms. So far, this operation has been performed 12 times.

The new global requirements do not change the limits of sulphur content in force within the limits of SOx Emission Control Areas (ECAs) established by the IMO, which from 1 January 2015 are 0.10%. The SOx Emission Control Areas established under MARPOL Annex VI for SOx are: the Baltic Sea and North Sea area; the North American area (including designated coastal areas of the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands).

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in its landmark decision, with regard to both the marine environment and human health, set 1 January 2020 as the deadline for implementing the requirements to reduce the sulphur content of oil fuels used by ships in world shipping to a maximum of 0,5 % of the sulphur content, as required by MEPC.280(70). Under the new global limit set out in Regulation 14.1.3 of Annex VI of MARPOL, all ships operating outside Emission Control Areas (ECAAs) will be required to use oil fuels with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, compared to the current 3.50% limit.

During the implementation of the investment, the New Public Ferry Terminal in the Port of Gdynia, within the framework of sustainable development from 2021, it will be possible to power the ships during the stopover from land, which will result in a total reduction of exhaust gases.

rel (Port of Gdynia SA)

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