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The first in the new EU programming period

The first investment project funded from the CEF budget of 2014 - 2020 in a Polish port is to be implemented as a part of the Świnoujście – Trelleborg Motorway of the Sea.

On 30.11.2015, the Innovation and Network Executive Agency (INEA), European Commission, signed a contract with the Seaports Authority to provide financing for the project of ‘Sustainable sea-land links between Poland and Sweden: Sustainable Świnoujście-Trelleborg Motorway of the Sea based on improved infrastructure, development intermodal transport and integration of hinterland corridors’ from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The total value of the contract is EUR29,812,872. The project will cover expenses incurred from 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2019. The Project will be implemented in partnership with the Port and Municipality of Trelleborg.

The Polish part of the project focuses on adjusting infrastructure at the Ferry Terminal of Świnoujście to handle intermodal transport. Plans include purchasing of ferry berth no. 6 with its backup facility from the Military Property Agency. Initially, an engineering documentation is going to be developed and based on the documentation rebuilding of ferry berth no. 5, expanding land at ferry berth no. 6 and connecting it with berth no. 5. This should produce a new berth of 293 m in length and 13 m in depth. Additionally, three car parks will be developed and connected with an overpass which will become a part of the second inbound route to the terminal. The project will also develop new and rebuild existing railway tracks, new ramp, passenger gallery, and purchase new loading equipment, i.e. two reach stackers and four tractors. Building works should start in 2017.

Simultaneously, Swedish partners will carry out studies and designing for further extension of the Trelleborg Seaport, including its south-east part, entry to the port from the east, and building of a logistic centre, car parks, new backup facilities, and a road access to the port. The documentation will help rebuilding port infrastructure to handle 240 m ferries. Additionally, at berth no. 5, the project will develop infrastructure to supply electricity to ferries during their stay in the port.

Zbigniew Miklewicz PhD, CEO, Seaports Authority:  In Poland, the project will help developing port infrastructure for handling large ferries of up to 265 m in length at the Świnoujście Ferry Terminal and providing new cargo services using rail transport at the level of 30 thousand intermodal loading units (ILU) in 2020. We expect a threefold increase in the number of ILU’s handled until 2040.

The investment at the Świnoujście Ferry Terminal will not only create conditions for developing intermodal transport, but also contribute to the implementation of Objective 2 of the ‘Szczecin and Świnoujście Development Strategy until 2027’, namely better integration of the Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Complex within the north-south sea and land transport corridor through modern port infrastructure and improved access to the ports from the sea and land, so much indispensable for further development of the ports.

The investment is a part of a global project focusing on improving and optimizing logistic chains between Scandinavia and Southern Europe, including among others the Baltic-Adriatic Transport Corridor. It is a follow up of the cooperation with the Port of Trelleborg regarding the establishing the motorway of the sea, a cooperation which started in 2014. The project reflects common interests in ‘Ensuring sustainable services of the Trelleborg – Świnoujście Motorway of the Sea by modernizing port infrastructure, developing intermodal transport and integrating with inland corridors’ while utilizing funding from the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T).

The Project of ‘Sustainable sea-land links between Poland and Sweden: Sustainable Świnoujście-Trelleborg Motorway of the Sea based on improved infrastructure, development of intermodal transport and integration of hinterland corridors’ is co-funded from the CEF, European Union.