In the port of Szczecin, the bridge to Ostrów is ready

Driving sheet piling on the Czech Quay and pile-driving works on the Norwegian and Danish Quays. In addition, the construction of a platform on the Ostrów Mieleński island. These works are currently being carried out in the port of Szczecin, as part of a project to improve access to the port in the area of ​​the Dębicki Canal.


The investment in the port of Szczecin includes, among others reconstruction of the Czeskie and Słowackiego quays on a length of about 1,000 meters. The first stage of the first stage, 316 meters long, was fully demolished. A new wall-wall will be erected at the demolition site and a new reinforced concrete structure will be constructed with the installation of the entire quay equipment. These will be mooring bollards, fenders, and rescue ladders. There are also plans to reconstruct the road and rail infrastructure as well as sanitary, teletechnical and electrical works.

- We are currently carrying out the first stage of the reconstruction of the Czech Quay, i.e. driving sheet piling and pipes under water, together with making ground anchors. We plan to start reinforced concrete works from mid-January - reports Piotr Arabczyk, project director at NDI, which is the general contractor of this investment.


12.5 meters deep

Importantly, the Czech and Slovak quays are the most intensively used groupage quays in the port of Szczecin. The investment will enable them to handle ships with a much larger amount of cargo than at present. Moreover, the technical depth of the port basins will be the same as the Świnoujście-Szczecin fairway, i.e. 12.5 meters.

- The aim of the investment is to increase the efficiency of the port infrastructure and improve the quality of cargo handling in the port of Szczecin. After its completion, the port of Szczecin will accept ships with a number of up to 50,000. tons of goods in the holds, which will almost double the current result in this regard, says Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska from the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority.

The project also includes the construction of new Norwegian and Danish quays. Currently, pile-driving works are underway there, i.e. driving the sheet piling, which is already 100 percent completed on the Norwegian Quay, and about 5 percent at the Danish Quay. Ground anchors and reinforced concrete are also made at the Norwegian Quay.


The platform on the island

But this is not the end of the works in the Szczecin port. As part of the reconstruction of the Dębicki Canal, it is also planned to build a dump site on the Ostrów Mieleński island, strengthen the bottom and dredging works, which will allow for increasing the maximum technical depth by 2.5 meters.

- On the Ostrów Mieleński island, work is currently underway on the construction of a working platform that will serve as the basis for the construction of the embankment. After the construction of the embankment, they will serve as a dump site for dredging works - explains Piotr Arabczyk, Project Director from NDI. 1.5 million cubic meters of spoil from the bottom of the Dębicki Canal will be stored there. This is more or less the amount that would fill the newly built Pogoń Stadium four times.

Military bridge over the Danes

In order to be able to efficiently transport the material for the construction of embankments on the island, a temporary pontoon bridge over the Danzig has just been installed.

- These are military platforms of the PP64 "Ribbon" type. For the purposes of the investment, we collected 120 of them. - Indicates the project director from NDI - Folding will take place by using a double ribbon assembly, i.e. two bridging threads connected in parallel to each other. The crossing will have a high load capacity necessary for haulers that will transport sand for the construction of embankments - Piotr Arabczyk illustrates the situation.

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. All works under the project are to be completed in September 2023.

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