More than PLN 82 million was spent on the investment, which is part of the long-term investment strategy of the Port of Gdansk Authority for the development of the Inner Port. This project is definitely going to improve communication in the area of the Nabrzeże Przemysłowe (‘Industrial Quay’) from the land side, improve transshipment, and allow for the commercialisation of new investment areas.
The press conference crowning the project took place on 7 December at the Northern Port Captain’s Office. The event was opened by Łukasz Malinowski, CEO of the Port of Gdańsk.
– By developing access infrastructure from the land side, we are raising service standards, increasing competitiveness and strengthening our position on the Baltic. This type of investment has a significant impact on the growth of transhipment. By the end of November this year, a total of approximately 74.9 million tonnes were handled in the Port of Gdansk. This means that we handled 13 million tonnes more than in the same period last year. According to Eurostat, we recorded the highest growth among European ports. We have overtaken Bremerhaven and Barcelona, among others. And after the first quarter of 2023, we already rank 5th in the EU.
Communication and commercialisation
The Port of Gdansk has resembled a huge construction site in recent years. Not only the Outer Port with its deep-water and specialised handling terminals is developing, but also, importantly, the Inner Port, which has a universal character. Last year saw the completion of a key investment involving the deepening of the fairway and the modernisation of more than 5 km of quays. This increased the permissible draught of ships entering the Inner Port. Now the time has come to finalise another undertaking, which was carried out with a view to future contractors and investors wishing to locate their businesses in the Port of Gdansk. The project was called ‘Expansion and modernisation of the core network nodes in the seaport in terms of road and rail access infrastructure’.
The investment included, among other things, the reconstruction of the rail and road system between the ‘Industrial Quay’ and Ku Ujsciu Street and between Chemików Street and the ferry crossing abutment in Bosman Street over the Kaszubski Channel. The upgraded and new roads are about 1.6 km long and the tracks about 6 km long. All road surfaces were made using cement concrete technology.
In addition, the water supply, sanitary, electricity and teletechnical networks have also been rebuilt. A stormwater drainage network and street lighting have been built. New fencing of the area and two guard posts have been built.
– Thanks to this investment, we have the opportunity to develop an area that was previously unused. It covers an area of approximately 10 ha. We are about to launch a tender for its lease. It is important for investors that the Industrial Wharf has been connected to external roads,” says Łukasz Malinowski, CEO of the Port of Gdańsk.
Kamil Tarczewski, vice-president of the Port of Gdansk, admitted that the just-completed extension of the Industrial Wharf area, wraps up, so to speak, the largest investment programme implemented by the Port of Gdansk since 2016, co-financed with EU funds.
– The road and rail system to a new standard, is nearly 6 km of track and nearly 2 km of roads. It is also the development of further areas that we will soon commercialise,” added the vice-president.
The total value of the investment, which has just been commissioned, is around PLN 82 million, of which 20 per cent is funding from the CEF Connecting Europe programme. The general contractor was the NDI Group.