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Świnoujście. Container terminal in Świnoujście – there is an agreement for a feasibility study of a new approach track to the port

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An agreement was signed at the Maritime Office in Szczecin for the preparation of a feasibility study and environmental report for the eastern approach track to the port of Świnoujście. The value of the contract is nearly PLN 10 million. The construction of the track is crucial for the construction of a terminal in Świnoujście serving large container ships.

So that the so-called external port, i.e. a terminal serving large container ships, it is necessary to construct an approach track with a technical depth of 17 meters, a width of at least 250 meters and a length of 70 kilometers. The key documents for this investment include: feasibility study, environmental report, as well as a report on spoil disposal and other supporting studies.

According to the agreement signed on Monday, these documents will be prepared by a consortium of Projmors Biuro Projektów Budownictwa Morskiego and Eko-Konsult. The value of the contract amounts to nearly PLN 9.8 million, and the time to prepare the documentation is 32 months.

– The environmental report is crucial for obtaining an environmental decision, which in the case of this project is the most important document. Dredging works do not require a building permit, so thanks to this decision it will be possible to announce a tender procedure for this investment, i.e. deepening the waterway to Świnoujście to 17 meters – explained Mateusz Samulak, head of Projmors.

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“This is an investment of strategic importance”

The preparation of a new waterway and the construction of a container terminal in Świnoujście are planned for 2027-2029. Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Arkadiusz Marchewka emphasized that the planned container port “will have not only local significance.” It is to handle cargo from Poland, but also the eastern part of Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

– This is an investment of strategic importance. We are already taking specific actions that will ensure that the world's largest container ships, 400 meters long, can arrive at the port in Świnoujście – announced the MP from the Civic Coalition.

The construction of a container terminal in Świnoujście is one of the investments announced by Law and Justice, whose President Andrzej Duda declared the defense in the Sejm.

Marchewka recalled that in “recent months” a navigational analysis of the new approach track was carried out and a tender for ferromagnetic intelligence was announced (the offers will be opened in June), and on April 15, the West Pomeranian Voivode, Adam Rudawski, issued the so-called location decision.

The importance of the new approach track

The President of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, Jarosław Siergiej, pointed out that the new approach track is a project beneficial for the economy and very important for the security of logistic chains.

– In the current geopolitical situation, when these traditional logistic chains have been interrupted or changed, sea ports have begun to play an extremely important role (…). Especially our ports, in Poland, both on the eastern and western coasts – recalled Sergei.

He emphasized that the 70-kilometer section of the approach track will lie within Poland's exclusive economic zone. – Therefore, we gain independence as to the course of this track and control over it, and we also improve access conditions to the port by locating it in much deeper waters, i.e. accessible to ships with a larger draft – added the president of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority.

Container terminal in Świnoujście

Currently, the port in Świnoujście accepts ships with a draft of up to 13.2 meters, a length of up to 270 meters and a width of 40 meters. The external port is to handle container ships, but also bulk carriers with a draft of 15 meters, a width of 60 meters and a length of 400 meters.

“Conducting works to enable water transport to the External Port in Świnoujście” is a task that received funding from the national program European Funds for Infrastructure, Climate, Environment for 2021-2027. In July last year, a pre-agreement was signed with the Center for EU Transport Projects. The value of the entire project is over PLN 7.3 billion, and the amount of funding from the FEnIKS program exceeds PLN 2.8 billion.

In 2023, Polish ports transhipped 145 million tons of goods. Ports in Szczecin and Świnoujście 35.3 million tons.

Main photo source: Dynamoland/Shutterstock

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