On 10 February 2022, a contract was signed to execute works consisting of the deepening and widening of the fairway leading to the Port of Gdynia. They will enable the navigation of ships with a length of 400m, breadth of 58m and draught of up to 14.5m. In 20 months, the fairway will be 130 metres wider and 3 metres deeper.
– The project, carried out jointly by the maritime administration and the entity managing the port, is a good example of effective action for developing the Polish maritime economy. Apart from navigational safety, the water-side access infrastructure, for which maritime authorities are responsible, directly benefits the state budget. Moreover, its modernisation increases the handling potential, which is visible in the annual records recorded by our ports – said Deputy Infrastructure Minister Marek Gróbarczyk.
This is the second of three stages of the project entitled deepening of the fairway and internal waters of the Port of Gdynia, carried out jointly by the Maritime Office in Gdynia and the Port of Gdynia Authority SA. The other two stages carried out by ZMPG SA are:
- an extension of turning basin no. 2 with the reconstruction of Gościnny Quay,
- dredging of internal waters of the Port of Gdynia.
Implementing the project will contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of the Polish economy by ensuring conditions for the sustainable development of trade based on waterborne transport and thus increasing transshipments shipped by inland waterway.
– Currently, ships with a maximum draught of 13 metres and a length of up to 340 metres can enter the port of Gdynia. Implementation of our project will significantly increase these parameters. Together with the other two parts, implemented by the Port Authority, it will contribute to even greater port attractiveness and increase transshipments. Ensuring safe and efficient access infrastructure from the sea is our priority – said Wiesław Piotrzkowski, director of the Maritime Office in Gdynia.
After completion of about 3.7 km of works, the fairway will have a bottom width of 280 m and a depth of 17 m. The total volume of the dredging works amounts to 3.5 million cubic metres, of which 650,000 m3 will be integrated into the seashore as part of artificial fulfilment (silting works). The breakwater head at the main entrance in the southern and northern parts will also be rebuilt. In addition, the fabrication and refurbishment of navigation markings will cover the fairway and the port entrance.
The project is implemented under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme. The value of the project is nearly PLN 127 million, including the European Union’s co-financing of nearly PLN 108 million.
– The Port of Gdynia, part of the trans-European transport network running between the Baltic and Adriatic Seas, is adapting its infrastructure to the changing requirements of shipowners and maritime companies. Thanks to successive investments, we are improving the port’s safety while significantly increasing its handling potential, which is reflected in the port’s annual records. Furthermore, the completed investment will improve efficiency and provide the highest quality of port services – said President of the Port of Gdynia Authority SA Jacek Sadaj.
The contractor is a consortium of companies: Przedsiębiorstwo Robót czerpalnych i Podwodnych (PRCiP) Sp. z o. o. as a Leader with partners: Rohde Nielsen A/S and Van den Herik Kust-en Oeverwerken B.V.