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Świnoujście. Deepwater container terminal in the center of transport corridors!

The deep-water container terminal project in Świnoujście fits into the EU plan to create a single European transport area, aiming at increase of competitiveness,  supporting green transport and intermodality. It also fulfils the objectives of the White Paper, which sets the directions of development of the European Community's multimodal transport corridors. The terminal in Świnoujście naturally fits into these assumptions, because it will be very well connected with the hinterland (railway, road systems, barges) as well as from the Baltic Sea side.

- The project is located in the westernmost Polish seaport, on the Polish - German border – emphasizes Krzysztof Urbaś, President of the Management Board of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority. - At the same time it’s located on the shortest way connecting Scandinavia with central and southern Europe along the international Baltic-Adriatic transport corridor (within trans-European transport network TEN-T).

There are funds for the sea access infrastructure

The access from the sea side requires suitable infrastructure. The President of the Port Authority adds that the Ministry of Finance has just issued bonds with value of PLN 1 billion for investments related to the construction of external ports.

- With these bonds, Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority will receive almost PLN 330 million in the form of a capital increase – emphasizes President Krzysztof Urbaś. We will allocate these funds to infrastructure providing access to the deep-water container terminal in Świnoujście from the sea side.

Intermodal transport corridor

The Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex is connected to European motorway system via the A11 and A20 motorways, and via the S3 expressway (E-65) with south of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and further south of Europe. Both ports also have an excellent rail links. Through the so called Oder  railway line (CE 59) it connects to the industrial centres of western and southern Europe. Add the E-30, the Oder River Waterway, which is part of an international importance inland waterway (included in the UN AGN Convention). Eventually it will connect the port of Świnoujście with Bratislava on the Danube.

Railway network upgraded for PLN 1.5 billion

In ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście, an investment for PLN 1.5 billion is currently implemented by PKP Polish Railway Lines. In both ports the rail line’s operator will modernize nearly 100 kilometers of tracks (Szczecin – 61 km, Świnoujście – 35) and almost 84 kilometers of electric traction wires. It will replace as many as 285 track’s junctions (Szczecin – 177 and Świnoujście – 108). The level of safety will be improved by installation of modern railway traffic control devices and the reconstruction of 12 railway-road crossings in Szczecin and 10 in Świnoujście. In Szczecin, they will rebuild a bridge over the Parnica River and 3 railway viaducts.

The investment will provide access to the ports for longer and heavier cargo trains. Handling of 750-meter trains with a load of 221 kN per axle will be possible. By removing bottlenecks, freight trains will be handled faster and more efficiently. The transhipment possibilities of the stations in Szczecin and Świnoujście will increase. Ports will receive and despatch more cargo, which will improve the competitiveness of rail transport and port capacity, and positively influence the economic development  of the region.

The project is co-funded by PLN 510 million from the EU CEF - Connecting Europe Facility. The work is scheduled to be completed by mid-2022.

CE -59 rail line: more  and faster

PKP Polish Rail Lines also plan to modernize the railway line from Rzepin via Szczecin Podjuchy and Szczecin Dąbie to Świnoujście (so-called Nadodrzanka), which transports goods from Silesia to West Pomeranian ports. The investment involves adapting the tracks to the transport of longer and heavier trains at speeds of up to 120 km/h, which will help to fully use the potential of the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście. A feasibility study is currently under way, which is a step towards the implementation of the investment in the new EU perspective 2021-2027.

Express S-3 from Świnoujście to the southern border

The General Directorate of National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) proceeded to the final stage of construction of the S3 expressway from Troszyn to Świnoujście. Mateusz Grzeszczuk from the Szczecin branch of GDDKiA informs that in 2024 the road vehicles will be able to reach Świnoujście by a new road, and back to the border with the Czech Republic. This is another international transport connection very important for the planned terminal in Świnoujście.

Waterway upgraded

Inland navigation will balance the communication network. In 2022, the modernization of the Szczecin-Świnoujście canal to a depth of 12.5 m will be completed. The investment, with total cost of more than PLN 1.4 billion, is  highly advanced. Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority adapts the quays of port in  Szczecin to the new parameters of the canal. Works in the Dębicki Canal will engage more than PLN 343 million, while for the modernization of the Kaszubski Basin the contractor will issue a bill for more than PLN 223 million.

Dredged waterway will improve the availability of the port complex. In addition to the fact that port of Szczecin will be able to receive large ships of handymax type, with capacity of more than 40 thousand tons, the modernized waterway will also enable recovering of barging in the direction of Berlin, and in further perspective the Oder waterway (E-30) will connect Świnoujście and Szczecin via the Danube with the Black Sea.

Offers can be submitted until January 28th, 2021

Proceedings are underway to select the investor and subsequent operator of the deep-water  container terminal. Interested parties may submit their offers until January 28th 2021.

Downloadable documents: https://ww.port.szczecin.pl/en/offer/deepwater-container-terminal/procedure/

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