Polska Żegluga Bałtycka (eng. Polish Baltic Shipping), Poland’s ferry operator known as Polferries, has started acquiring a new ferry, deputy infrastructure minister Marek Gróbarczyk told the Polish Press Agency.
– Polska Żegluga Bałtycka is in the process of signing a letter of intent to gain a new ferry – Gróbarczyk said.
The Kołobrzeg-headquartered ferry operator received support from the State Treasury at the end of December last year of PLN 140 million to purchase a new ferry.
As the infrastructure ministry announced at the beginning of January this year, the acquisition of the next unit for Polferries is expected to run until the end of 2023.
– I hope this will happen much sooner, but we are not pushing because we know this process is long – Gróbarczyk told PAP.
The Minister explains that few ferries can be got on the market. Moreover, the quality of these ferries leaves much to be desired.
– As a result, you have to go all over the world, have agreements with brokers to buy a suitable ferry that will meet the requirements and, above all, will be in good technical condition – Gróbarczyk added.
As Minister Gróbarczyk recently informed on his social media profile – the Ministry of Infrastructure and Polferries last year worked out a new strategy for the company’s development, which consisted in adapting its offer to new needs and trends in the ferry transport market, strengthening its market position thanks to the fleet renewal and meeting technological and ecological requirements.
Polferries is to carry out several new important development projects, including participation in Polskie Promy (eng. Polish Ferries) to build three or optionally four passenger-cargo ferries in Polish shipyards. Some of these vessels will sail in the colours of Polferries. Polskie Promy has received an amount of one billion zlotys for this purpose.
In addition, thanks to Polferries’ cooperation with the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), a project is to be realised, including introducing a modern, environmentally friendly ferry on the route to the Swedish port of Ystad.