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Information meeting on investment projects implemented by Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority

On 30th September 2013, the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority hosted a meeting to inform all port stakeholders about: PORT INVESTMENT – PLANS AND CURRENT STATUS. The meeting discussed advancement of investment in the 2007-2013 EU budget period and plans for EU 2014-2020.

After the welcome address by Ryszard Warzocha, the Chairman of Board, in which he highlighted that the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority supports the policy of sustainable development of infrastructure in the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście, as defined in its Corporate Strategy aimed at securing a lead position for ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście on the South Baltic, the discussion focused on investment projects in progress and plans for the future EU budget period. The above activities were discussed by the Member of Board for Port development Krzysztof Sadowski.

While implementing investment related to the development of port infrastructure, the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority benefits from major support from EU funding. In the coming years, ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście will continue implementing the 2007-2013 Programme worth more than PLN600 million. The new EU budget period of 2014-2020 will bring additional PLN694 million.

At the moment, five large projects co-funded from the EU are underway:

1. The building of a berthing facility in the External Port Basin in ŚwinoujścieThe Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority has completed major works under the largest Polish energy project of building an LNG terminal in the external port basin in Świnoujście. The investment, involving four parties, in its part assigned to the Ports Authority, focused on developing a berthing facility with a mooring security system for LNG carriers, trestle bridges, platform for technological and fire water and dredging. The port infrastructure will provide for handling methane carriers of up to 315m in length, 50m in width, 12.5m in draught and capacity of 120 to 216 thousand cubic meters.
At the moment, the Seaports Authority is cooperating with other project partners to prepare for the first call of a gas carrier planned in 2014.
The total project value of its part assigned to the Seaports Authority is in excess of PLN205 million.

2. Extension of port infrastructure in the southern part of the Port of Świnoujście
The project develops berth no. 1 at the existing ferry terminal of Świnoujście to cater for ferries of maximum length 220.0 m, which previously the port could not service due to the shortage of suitable port infrastructure. Apart from a new berth of total length 242m and permitted depth o 13.0 m, the project provides basic access infrastructure, including platforms for accessing ferries, car overpass, passenger gallery and technical infrastructure.
Estimated completion: Q4 2014.
Total cost: PLN153 million, EU: nearly PLN71 million. Current project advancement: 20%.

3. Rebuilding of road infrastructure in ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście
The project provides for rebuilding of almost 6 km of roads and side power infrastructure, rainwater drainage, and eliminating conflicts with power lines, and sewage and gas networks in the port of Szczecin, as well as rebuilding of nearly 3 km of roads and side infrastructure in the port of Świnoujście. The project is expected to improve traffic conditions in the ports and increase safety on roads leading to as well as within the ports. It will also improve accessibility and quality of services in the ports for modern heavy trucks.
The rebuilding of roads in Świnoujście was completed seven months before the planned operation. The official opening of roads in the Commercial Port of Świnoujście was held on 18th September 2013. Another stage of the project involving modernizing road infrastructure in the port of Szczecin will also end ahead of the schedule. The opening has been planned still in October this year. According to the schedule, the entire project should be completed on Q1 2014.
Total project value: PLN64.5 million, EU: over PLN44 million

4. Rebuilding of rail infrastructure in the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście
The project rebuilds and modernizes the total of 36 km of railway track and 134 switches in the two ports to adjust track parameters to standards required by rolling stock operated on international railway mains of E-59 and CE-59.
Estimated completion: Q2 2014.
Total project value: PLN77 million, EU: nearly PLN53 million. Current project advancement: 78%.

5. Extending port infrastructure in northern part of Ewa Peninsula in Szczecin Seaport
The investment involves extending the existing Zbożowe Quay to increase its depth and mooring length. At the same time, a new Niemieckie Quay is going to be built to close the peninsula from the north and east and connect to the existing Słowackie Quay. The investment will enable servicing larger vessels of 230 m in length or simultaneous unloading of two smaller ones.
Estimated completion: Q2 2015.
Total project value: PLN38 million, EU: PLN26 million. Current project advancement (ahead of schedule): 33%.

The Seaports Authority also filed applications for funding for the building of terminal infrastructure in Szczecin and Świnoujście – berthing posts. Implementation is scheduled in 2014 – 2015. The project aims at improving accessibility to port quays and basic external and internal infrastructure for users.

Investment in the new EU budget period
Ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście would also like to benefit during the new EU programming period of 2014-2020. For this reason, the Seaports Authority developed plans for infrastructure investment, implementation of which is expected to ensure proper operation of both ports and maintenance of their competitiveness and will fit into investment priorities at the national and EU levels. Investment projects in question include:

1. Improving access to the port of Szczecin in the area of the Kaszubski Basin
The project modernizes quays in the area of the most intense bulk cargo handling: Katowickie and Chorzowskie quays and their dredging to 12.5 m. The implementation of the project will significantly increase the transhipment capacity as regards bulk cargo and provide for servicing ships of up to 40 thousand DWT. Planned implementation: 2017-2020. Estimated investment cost: PLN200 million, and EU funding: 50% of eligible cost.

2. Improving access to the port of Szczecin close to the Dębicki Canal
The project modernizes quays in the area of the most intense general cargo handling (Czeskie and Słowackie quays) and provides for dredging to a technical depth of 12.5 m and load bearing capacity of 40 kN/m2. This should significantly increase transhipment capacity as regards standard and unitised general cargo. Implementation of the project is scheduled in 2017-2020. Estimated project value: PLN200 million, EU funding accounts for 50% of eligible cost.

3. Adjusting infrastructure of the Świnoujście Ferry Terminal to handle intermodal transport
The project modernizes a link between ferry posts no. 5 and 6, existing platform at post no. 5, extends passenger gallery and rebuilds the existing railway track. Implementation planned in 2015-2018. Estimated project value: PLN127.8 million, EU funding: 50% of eligible cost.

4. Building berthing facility for exporting LNG in the External Port Basin in Świnoujście
The project facilitates redistributing of LNG in the Baltic Sea Region and bunkering of commercial vessels with ecological fuel. Implementation planned in 2016-2017. Estimated project value: PLN70 million. It is expected that EU will provide funding accounting for 50% of eligible cost.

Investment in access to ports – important for the ports but beyond competences of the Seaports Authority
Apart from improving infrastructure in the port, other investment in access to the ports is equally important for the port development. For this reason, other institutions should also implement certain projects which are important for the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście. Thus, the Seaports Authority is involved in a close cooperation with parties responsible for specific constituent parts of access infrastructure. Such projects are related with the access to the ports from water and land, in particular roads and railway lines.

Phot. K. Tychowski, Morza i Oceany.pl