The construction of a container port in Świnoujście is a great opportunity for development, said Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Arkadiusz Marchewka on social media. As he pointed out, in order to implement the investment, “it is necessary to deepen the shipping channel.” The deputy head of the MI met on this matter with the director of the Maritime Office in Szczecin.
The construction of a container port in Świnoujście is one of the investments announced by Law and Justice, the defense of which was announced in the Sejm by President Andrzej Duda. After the government of the Civic Coalition, Third Way and New Left took power, doubts arose as to whether the investment located in Western Pomerania would be implemented.
The issue of building a container port in Świnoujście was addressed by Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Arkadiusz Marchewka in an entry on X (formerly Twitter).
“New investments are a great opportunity for development. One of them is the construction of a container port in Świnoujście, where ships up to 400 meters long will be able to call. For this to happen, it is necessary to deepen the 70 km long shipping channel to a depth of 17 meters” – wrote the KO MP.
“Today (Monday – editor) I had a working meeting on this matter with the director of the Maritime Office in Szczecin. We are working!” – added Marchewka.
Construction of a container port in Świnoujście
Government PIS in May 2023, it adopted a resolution on the establishment of a multi-annual program called “Construction and expansion of access infrastructure to the port of Świnoujście in 2023-2029”. The total value of the program is PLN 10.26 billion.
Thanks to the investment, the terminal could handle up to 2 million TEU (a unit equivalent to the volume of a standard container) per year, handling two ships simultaneously, one 400 meters long and one 200 meters long.
As announced, if everything goes according to schedule the new terminal should start operating in 2028.
In July 2023, the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority SA signed a preliminary agreement with a consortium selected through public proceedings, consisting of DEME CONCESSIONS NV and QTERMINALS WLL, regarding a 30-year lease of land located in the external port in Świnoujście, for financing, construction and operation. Deepwater Container Terminal. Then, in November, the lease was confirmed by the then deputy minister of infrastructure, Marek Gróbarczyk.
In October last year, the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority also received an environmental decision for the deepwater container terminal in Świnoujście.
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