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Ditch of the Vistula Spit. The Maritime Office in Gdynia has announced a tender for the construction of the fairway

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The construction of the waterway through the Vistula Spit is underway. The Maritime Office in Gdynia has announced the first tender for the construction of a fairway as part of the waterway under construction connecting the Vistula Lagoon with the Bay of Gdańsk. The section of the track covered by the tender is approximately 8,200 meters. The opening of bids is to take place at the end of the month.

The Ministry of Infrastructure informed in a statement on Friday that the subject of the current contract includes, inter alia, dredging (dredging) works, transport and dredging of spoil with incorporation into an artificial island in the Vistula Lagoon, and purchase, delivery and setting of navigational markings. As part of the new navigation marking, 35 buoys have been designed, including 18 red buoys on the left side and 17 green buoys on the right side.


Construction of the fairway on the Vistula Spit

The contractor will be required to establish a quality assurance program for the conduct of the dredging work. “As part of this study, he will prepare work instructions, schedule and technical designs, as well as develop measures to limit the spread of suspension in the Vistula Lagoon, and prepare pipeline designs (if used) and protective covers”, the explained.

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The ministry indicated that, in accordance with the environmental decision, in the event of discoveries of high historical value during the dredging works carried out, further works will be carried out in agreement with the competent Provincial Conservator of Monuments. “The contractor is obliged to comply with the environmental guidelines for carrying out dredging and pre-cleaning works” – underlined in the announcement.

The planned date for opening offers is November 29. The contractor will have 11 months to complete the task, but no later than February 28, 2023. MI announced that a tender for the further part of the fairway will be announced in the first quarter of 2022.

Ditch of the Vistula Spit – ships

The total length of the new waterway from the Bay of Gdańsk through the Vistula Lagoon to Elbląg is nearly 23 kilometers, of which approximately 2.5 kilometers is a section consisting of a lock, an external port and a parking stand. The canal and the entire fairway will be 5 meters deep.

The ministry informed that after the completion of the entire investment in 2023, ships with a length of up to 100 meters, a width of up to 24 meters and a draft of up to 4.5 meters will be able to enter the Vistula Lagoon from the Bay of Gdańsk to the Vistula Lagoon. According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, thanks to the investment, the Vistula Lagoon will be influenced by, inter alia, ferries, cruise and cargo ships. The region’s accessibility and trade will increase.

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. The investor is the Maritime Office in Gdynia.

PAP / Maciej Zieliński, Adam Ziemienowicz

Main photo source: press mat. NDI

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