The Ferry Terminal in Świnoujście will accommodate the largest ferries operating on the Baltic Sea

Krzysztof Urbaś, president of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Management Board. participated in the conference "Perspectives of the Polish shipbuilding industry", which took place in Szczecin on January 24 this year.

The conference was held with the participation of ministers Marek Gróbarczyk and Grzegorz Witkowski, who opened the meeting with an introductory speech.

The conference agenda included three discussion panels. In the first of them, "Development of the maritime economy based on the ferry market and port development" was attended by President K. Urbaś.

During this panel, shipowners performing ferry transport in the Baltic Sea also presented themselves. The issues related to the ferry transport market were discussed in relation to the development trends and the need to introduce new ferries on the routes. The perspective of the Ferry Terminal in Świnoujście, which supports such connections, and the development of the maritime economy as a factor influencing the development of Polish industry were also presented.

Beginning his speech, President K. Urbaś drew attention to the trends currently occurring in the logistics industry of equal importance, such as the constant development of trade by sea, the development of containerization, the need for greater parameters of ships, the growing importance of logistics and distribution services, the growing share of intermodal transport, solutions environmentally friendly technological solutions, growing demand for storage space for goods and the development of the port industry.

There are currently four ferry operators operating at the Ferry Terminal in Świnoujście, carrying out 12 cruises a day in relation to the Swedish ports of Trelleborg and Ystad. Over the last decade (2011-2021), the Ferry Terminal in Świnoujście has increased transshipments by 139%. In the overall structure of transshipments of the entire Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex, as much as 45 percent. turnover is carried out by the ferry terminal. In 2021, the TPŚ recorded 3,261 ferry calls. President K. Urbaś reminded that the terminal was being gradually modernized. - In 2015, the construction of station No. 1 was completed, this year we will complete the modernization works on station No. 5 in terms of the possibility of servicing intermodal transport. In 2023, we will start modernizing the site no. 4, especially in terms of the loading ramp. In the next year 2024, we will extend stand number 2. All this so that the largest ferries that will call the Baltic can be operated at three stands. On the other hand, in 2028, the construction of the next two stations should be completed, which today constitute the backbone of position number 1, said the president of ZMPSiŚ S.A.

The President also indicated the investments that are currently being carried out by ZMPSiŚ S.A., namely the expansion of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, the modernization of the quays in the Szczecin port in the area of ​​the Dębicki Canal and the Kashubian Basin, which are a derivative of the deepening and modernization of the Świnoujście-Szczecin fairway up to 12.5 m.

A revolutionary undertaking in the history of both ports, as well as the region and the country, the final of which is planned in 2025/26, will be the Deepwater Container Terminal in Świnoujście. - In May this year it will be 20 years when I had the pleasure to sign the first preliminary speech for the construction of DCT in Gdańsk. At that time, I was working in the Management Board of the Port of Gdansk. We spoke then, a little bit from English, that this DCT terminal will be a trendsetter (English trendsetter is the one who sets trends, precursor) when it comes to the new service pattern in the Baltic Sea. And that's how it happened. Today it is the only terminal in this part of Europe on the Baltic Sea that accepts the largest container ships in the world. The same opportunities will be in Świnoujście. So if there was a trendsetter, then there would be a game –changer (English game –changer is the one that will change everything, groundbreaking). - President K. Urbaś concluded his statement.

During the conference, Zbigniew Bogucki, the voivode of West Pomerania, signed a decision on a permit for the implementation of a road investment for the S3 expressway on the Świnoujście-Dargobiedz section, eliminating the last road bottleneck towards the port in Świnoujście.

 Two further discussion panels of the conference covered issues in the areas of: "Modern ro-pax ferries for Polish shipowners" and "Ship repairs as a strong point of the Polish shipbuilding industry - the perspective of Western Pomerania".

The conference was held under the patronage of the Ministry of Infrastructure. (Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska)

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