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COOPERATION BETWEEN POLISH AND GERMAN PORTS

The Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority has just hosted a meeting with representatives of the Eastern Brandenburg Chamber of Industry and Trade, Port of Schwedt and BEHALA ports of Berlin.

The meeting was chaired by Jarosław Siergiej, the Chairman of Board for the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority. The talks focused on opportunities for developing cooperation between German river ports of Berlin and Schwedt and the Port of Szczecin.
Helmar Fellmer, head of the Chamber of Industry and Trade, listed benefits Polish and German ports can derive from developing inland shipping from Szczecin through Schwedt to Berlin. He also focused on an urgent need to modernise waterways on both sides of the border to create suitable conditions for larger barges that may transport more various types of cargo, including containers.
German guests informed that the paper mill of Schwedt has been shipping some of its production to Great Britain. A part of the cargo could be transported by sea and river vessels to Szczecin where additional cargo can be added.
- We do not intend to compete with Szczecin. Our port’s cargo handling reaches the level 200 thousand tonnes and we are aware that comparing to Szczecin and Świnoujście it is not much. We really would like to develop that cooperation and generate mutual benefits, said Dieter Domschke, the Chairman of the Port of Schwedt.
- We are very much interested in developing inland shipping links generating cargo flow to and from our ports, said Jarosław Siergiej, Chairman of Board for the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority.
During the discussion, representatives of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Ports Authority emphasised that inland waterway transport is not only the cheapest mode of transport, but also the most environmentally friendly one, and for this reason is attracts strong support of the European Union.
Chairman Siergiej stressed that Szczecin enjoys excellent natural conditions to become one of the most important ports servicing the agglomeration of Berlin. Michael Reimann, the head of department responsible for operation of Behala ports, expressed interest in tightening the cooperation.
- All initiatives aimed at boosting Polish-German business contact using our ports may count on our positive attitude and support, said Jarosław Siergiej concluding the meeting.

Wojciech Sobecki
Spokesperson
Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority