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Improved safety and protection of port waters

Still this year, modern rescue and measurement equipment is going to be delivered to the Port Fire Service. This will help the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście increasing safety and security of port waters. The equipment is provided under the project of ‘Purchasing measurement and rescue equipment by the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority’.

Details of the project were discussed during a meeting held on 9th December this year. The equipment includes a fire fighting ship, command and communication vehicle, two fire fighting trucks and a mobile set on a trailer with oil separator, hydrography and inspection motorboat, hybrid rescue RIB boat with a crane, as well as measuring equipment for detecting oil contamination and an oil spill barrier.

Considering increased vessel traffic forecast for the Baltic Sea, as well as taking into account infrastructure investment in ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście, navigation safety and protection of the natural environment have become strategic goals. The purchase of the new equipment will provide for significant modernization of already existing capacity available for the Ports Authority. Due to its improved technical parameters, the new rescue equipment will enable initiating rescue operations in the port much faster. Similarly, advanced technologies applied in the water protection equipment ensure rapid and efficient reaction in case of contamination. Additionally, the new hydrographic measurements and inspection vessel will facilitate studies and measurements that are necessary to maintain required navigation parameters which will translate into safer navigation within port basins. This in turn will improve the competitiveness of the ports.

The implementation of the project is supported with EU funding from the Cohesion Fund under Measure 7.2, Operational Programme for Infrastructure and Environment. The total project cost is estimated at PLN42.3 million. The maximum amount of EU funding available for the Seaports Authority is PLN34 million.

The project started in June 2015 and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.