The Offshore Centre, an investment by Gdynia Maritime University being built in close proximity to the Wisłoujście Fortress in Gdańsk, is pushing ahead. Completion is scheduled for June 2023.
Among other things, the Centre will carry out comprehensive activities and measurements at sea to obtain new information on the state of the marine environment and its resources. This information is indispensable for activities in the fuel, shipbuilding, offshore wind energy or maritime transport markets.
– The construction of the UMG Offshore Centre in Gdańsk is a result of the university’s strategic goals planned for 2020-2024, says Prof. Dr.hab.inż. Capt. Ż.w. Adam Weintrit, Rector of the Maritime University in Gdynia. – According to the assumptions, the task of the Centre is to create a local Polish supply chain for the offshore industry. The Centre may become the nucleus of a larger “Polish Offshore Valley”. It will be the seat of certified laboratories, whose operation is part of the process of preparing and implementing investments in offshore wind energy. The establishment of the Offshore Centre, will enable comprehensive, specialised research and development work for the innovative offshore industry. Currently, apart from UMG, none of the research and development units in the country carry out such work,” adds the Rector of UMG.
The investment under construction consists of two two-storey buildings connected by a link at the 1st-floor level.
In building No. 1, the raw state construction works have been completed in 95 per cent. – informs Filip Malata, Chancellor of the Maritime University in Gdynia. – Over the last month, the concrete girders in the hall and the ceilings of the last storey have been installed. Work is currently underway on the attics and the lift shaft. In building 2, the shell work has already been completed. The installation of aluminium joinery has begun, the roof covering is being realised, and work on sanitary installations, i.e. the cooling, heating and rainwater systems, is also being carried out,” concludes the UMG Chancellor.
In the connector, the groundwork has been reinforced, the foundations have been laid and the columns and walls of storey 0. Work is currently underway on the reinforced concrete beams on which the prefabricated ceilings will be placed.
Outside, on the other hand, the network works for the rainwater and sanitary sewerage system are being carried out. In the near future, the installation of the electrical system, ventilation and finishing works will begin.
The OFFSHORE Centre in numbers:
– Two two-storey buildings with a total floor area of 5,500 m2
– A 440 m2 (7.5 m high) warehouse for equipment and measurement equipment
– Laboratory, office, workshop and welfare area
– approximately 200 workstations,
– Direct access to Wisłoujście Quay with a total length of approximately 500 m, of which 200 m is a loading quay (20 kN/m2).
The value of the investment, including equipment, is estimated at around PLN 50 million. The project is co-financed by European Union funds – Regional Operational Programme of the Pomeranian Voivodeship 2014-2020 co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Completion of the works is planned for June 2023.