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Ditch of the Vistula Spit. Construction – Nowy Świat Harbor Master’s Office is almost ready

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The construction of the waterway through the Vistula Spit is progressing. Start-ups of devices and installations of cubature objects in the investment area are in progress. One of the most important of them is the Nowy Świat Harbor Master’s Office, informed the investor, i.e. the Maritime Office in Gdynia.

The Maritime Office in Gdynia indicated that in order for the traffic of ships to be possible and at the same time not to restrict car traffic, it is necessary to build e.g. a shipping canal with a lock, swing bridges and a space from which all of this can be managed, i.e. the captain’s office.

“The competences of the Nowy Świat Harbor Master’s Office will be the general supervision of the safety of navigation, environmental protection, fire protection and control of the lock crossing. Additional specific tasks will include the operation of the lock gates, swing bridges and the regulation of vehicular traffic within the captain’s office and the lock crossing” – he explained. in the announcement, Paweł Perkowski, Nowy Świat Captain’s Office coordinator from the Maritime Office in Gdynia.

The captain’s office is to include the captain, his deputy, inspection officers, port traffic officers and boatswain officers. The office informed that recruitment for officers and boatswain for work is already underway.


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Channel on the Vistula Spit. Construction

The investor said that a lot is also happening in other areas. “Currently, we are finishing works from the southern bridge to the Vistula Lagoon. Reinforced concrete caps are made, the technical road and the pavement are made of cobblestones. We are finishing the assembly of hydraulic equipment elements” – said Wojciech Deputat, road works manager from the NDI / Besix consortium.

In addition, the works related to the execution of the stone rip-rap have been completed on the west side, and this type of work on the east side is already being completed.

In addition, the Maritime Office in Gdynia announced that 57 bird boxes and 100 bat boxes will be located near the ditch under construction through the Vistula Spit. At the narrowest point of the shipping canal, four ramps were located, creating two independent passages for animals.

The construction of the canal on the Vistula Spit – the first part of the entire investment, is to be completed in 2022. The new waterway from the Bay of Gdańsk through the Vistula Lagoon to Elbląg is a section with a length of nearly 25 kilometers.

The contractor of construction works under the project entitled “Construction of a waterway connecting the Vistula Lagoon with the Bay of Gdańsk – part I” is the NDI / Besix consortium. Work is also underway on the second part, covering the banks of the Elbląg river banks and the construction of a swing bridge in Nowaków. Their contractor is Budimex. However, for the third part, integrating the entire investment, namely the deepening of the fairway in the Vistula Lagoon, the tender procedure is underway.

The investor of the whole is the Maritime Office in Gdynia.

PAP / Maciej Zieliński, Adam Ziemienowicz

Main photo source: press materials from NDI / BESIX

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