The press conference in the port of Szczecin
The ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście are changing before our eyes. The investment boom continues. ZMPSiŚ SA has just organized a press conference for the task: "Improving access to the port in Szczecin in the area of the Dębicki Canal". This took place in the port of Szczecin on June 16 this year. The conference was attended by invited guests, including the West Pomeranian Voivode, Zbigniew Bogucki, and the director of the Maritime Office in Szczecin, Wojciech Zdanowicz.
"Improving access to the port in Szczecin in the area of the Dębicki Canal" is one of the flagship investment projects currently implemented in the port and related to the deepening and modernization of the Świnoujście-Szczecin fairway up to 12.5 m. Along with this investment, a new one is entering the port of Szczecin quality. The Port of Szczecin will open up to larger ships and will almost double the amount of cargo currently handled, which will increase its competitiveness on the market. Above all, however, as a result of the widening and deepening of the Dębicki Canal, the safety related to the movement of large ships in this area of the port will significantly improve.
As part of the investment, nearly 1,000 meters of the Czeskie and Słowackie quays will be rebuilt, along with the modernization of the technical infrastructure at the quays' immediate facilities and their adaptation to a technical depth of 12.5 m. Currently, on the Czech and Slovak quays, the contractor - the Sopot-based NDI group is embedding gigantic steel pipes in the ground that will strengthen these redeveloped quays. Ultimately, as many as 9600 tons of pipes with a diameter of 914 and 813 will be installed. Each of them is 18 to 21 meters long.
On the island of Ostrów Grabowski, the contractor will also build over 1080 meters of completely new Norwegian and Danish quays. As part of the project, the Dębicki Canal will be widened to 200 m (currently 120 m) and deepened to 12.5 m. a concrete mattress will strengthen the bottom of the Channel in the area of the Spółdzielczy, Fińskie and Czeskie quays and will protect them against the movement of ship propellers. On the Ostrów Mieleński island, a spoil dump site will be made. It is there and on the dump sites being reconstructed under another contract in Ostrów Grabowski where the spoil excavated during dredging works will be stored. Approximately 1.5 million m3 will be developed.
The project "Improving access to the port of Szczecin in the region of the Dębicki Canal" is co-financed by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund under the Infrastructure and Environment operational program. The cost of the works is PLN 343.1 million. The investor of the project is the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, the contractor is the Sopot-based company NDI, and the project is supervised by SWECO.
Details of the project
The main objective of the investment project is to improve the competitiveness of the port of Szczecin as a result of increasing access for large sea-going commercial vessels to the area of general cargo handling.
The specific goals are:
1. Increasing the efficiency of sea transport in relations with the foreground of the port of Szczecin.
2. Improving the efficiency of trade conducted by the port of Szczecin.
3. Reduction of negative externalities generated by sea transport.
The objectives of the investment project will be achieved as a result of:
• deepening and widening of the port basin (Dębicki Canal) to enable safe navigation of large sea-going vessels with a draft of up to 11.0 m,
• modernization and deepening of selected quays in the area of general cargo handling and adaptation of the port infrastructure to handle larger grain ships and container ships than before,
• construction of a new deepwater quay along with the preparation of the necessary technical infrastructure for container reloading,
• construction of a shore reinforcement along the unreinforced shore of the port basin in order to prevent silting of the deepened basin, shore erosion and sediment sliding into the basin of the Dębicki Canal.
• shortening the distance of sea transport of grain and containers due to changes in the routes of large grain ships and container ships in the Baltic area,
• shortening the time of sea transport of grain and containers,
• the possibility of handling large sea ships in the port of Szczecin, bulk carriers with a deadweight of 40 thousand tons; tonnes and container ships with a capacity of 1,800 TEU,
• increase in the handling capacity for grain and containers in the port of Szczecin.
The implementation of the project will contribute to the emergence of socio-economic benefits that will appear in the sea-land part of the transport chain running through the port of Szczecin in the form of:
• reduction of unit costs of sea transport resulting from the increase in the size of sea-going vessels and an increase in the one-off volume of cargo in sea transport (economies of scale related to the size of a sea-going vessel),
• savings in the cost of shipping cargo by sea due to the shortening of the distance of sea transportation.
Benefits for carriers
Improving accessibility from the water side to the area of general cargo handling of the port of Szczecin will enable sea carriers to use larger sea vessels transporting a larger batch of cargo in sea transport at a time. Sea carriers will achieve savings in operating costs of large sea-going vessels (economies of scale related to the size of the sea-going vessel). It will be possible to transport cargo to the port of Szczecin by large ships, and thus, as a result of the reconfiguration of transport routes in the Baltic Sea, the distance of sea transport will be shortened. Against the background of shortening the distance of sea transport of cargo, there will be savings in the costs of sea transport and in the external costs of sea transport. The time of sea transport will also be reduced, thus reducing the costs borne by shippers, which will increase the efficiency of trade conducted by the port of Szczecin. Improving transport accessibility will increase the competitive position of the port of Szczecin on the Baltic Sea. The cost benefits achievable by sea carriers and shippers include strong incentives to increase the flow of cargo to be handled at the port with increased transport accessibility. The main goal of the project will be achieved, namely increasing the competitive position of the Szczecin port in the Baltic Sea and increasing its transport importance in the TEN-T network.