The European Union’s CEF2027 programme will subsidise half of the construction of a multimodal rail transhipment hub on Ostrow Grabowski in the port of Szczecin.
Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority SA has been awarded the CEF-T-2023-MILMOB-WORKS Adaptation of the TEN-T to civilian-defence dual use grant, which includes a maximum level of co-financing, i.e. 50 per cent of the eligible investment costs, i.e. EUR 4,351,923.86, or PLN 19,583,653. The total cost of the project is EUR 8,975,539.99, or PLN 40,389,000, of which the total eligible costs are EUR 8,703,847.71. The project was very highly rated by the European Commission, gaining a total score of 21 out of a possible 25 points.
The investment includes two tasks. The first is the construction of a high-capacity transhipment yard at the back of the Finnish and Norwegian quays in the port of Szczecin, adjacent to the newly built, fully electrified track system on Ostrow Grabowski. The second will involve the reconstruction of the existing Ro-Ro ramp at the Co-operative-Finish quay, enabling the handling of larger Ro-Ro vessels through a widened unloading ramp up to 30 m and increased technical depth to 12.5 m in the Debicki Channel. Among other things, the task will enable the handling, including transshipment, of heavy military vehicles and equipment.
The effect of the first task will be to enable the parallel operation of two block trains of 750 m each and to ensure the availability of rail infrastructure located at the back of the Norwegian and Finnish quays in the near future. In addition, it is planned to renovate or replace the rainwater treatment system. It is also planned to construct a fence along plot 4/9, thus establishing a new harbour protection area. The square planned for construction will occupy approximately 27,900 sq m, and the approximate dimension of the square in plan is a maximum of 486 x 65 m. The scope of investment activities also includes the upgrading of the remaining length of the existing loading yard (depo) adjacent to the railway sidings and the construction of a road linking these yards to the quay and storage yards for containers and heavy pieces. The railway siding will only handle so-called general cargo, transhipped from the Norwegian quay, the Finnish quay, and the Co-operative-ramp Ro-Ro. In connection with the construction of the paved yard, the existing rain ditches in the area are being removed. Rainwater and snowmelt will be collected through the designed stormwater drainage system. Treated rainwater (sand trap, separator of oil-derived substances) will be discharged through the existing WD-57 outlet, in accordance with the conditions of the water-law permit.
The second investment task will enable the handling of maximum Ro-Ro vessels that can call at the Szczecin port (Loa=240 m, B=32.3, T=11.0 m), equipped with wide unloading frames. The ramp structure will be rebuilt, reinforced and widened to 30 m, enabling the handling of heavy oversize vehicles and military vehicles and equipment.
The main technical features of the project, involve dual use of the ro-ro ramp and the loading bay for civil and military purposes. The loading and unloading bay will be located adjacent to the ro-ro ramp at the Finnish quay. Both infrastructures will be used for both civil and military purposes.