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Another EU funded investment

Today (23.12.2013), in the Centre for EU Transport Projects, Warsaw, the Board of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, represented by Krzysztof Sadowski, acting chairman of board, and Paweł  Adamarek, board member, signed a project grant agreement for ‘Building infrastructure of port terminals in Szczecin and Świnoujście – parking facilities’. The investment will be funded by the EU from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. Estimated total cost of the investment is PLN60.3 million, whereas the EU provides PLN51 million. The project contributes to boosting the attractiveness of the Szczecin-Świnoujście Seaport and enhancing competitiveness in terms of road transport servicing. The project is the sixth one already promoted in the Szczecin-Świnoujście Seaport by the Ports Authority and funded from the budget of the European Union.

- In the two ports, the number of trucks has been steadily growing. For this reason, it is necessary to improve capacity of access and internal roads in the Port. Recently, we have completed an investment involving rebuilding road infrastructure in the two ports. The investment project which today received EU funding of PLN51 million from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment will continue the process of modernizing access infrastructure leading to the seaports from their hinterland. The building of car parks at entrances to ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście is expected to improve road traffic organization, increase safety and quality of cargo handling as well as contribute to enhancing competitiveness of the Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex, said Krzysztof Sadowski, acting Chairman of Board, Seaports Authority.  

In Szczecin, the investment involves building three parking yards. A car park for individual cars will be rebuilt and new parking places will be added at Bytomska Street in the immediate vicinity of the Seaports Authority Headquarters, and new parking places will be built for trucks close to general cargo and bulk cargo handling areas. In Świnoujście, plans include building two parking yards for trucks at the entrance to the Commercial Port of Świnoujście from the side of an overpass at Barlickiego Street and at the Ferry Terminal at Duńska and Fińska streets.

The project provides for building and modernizing 5 parking yards of total 9.3 ha and parking places for 585 vehicles, of which 183 are for individual cars (including those for handicapped people).

The project aims at improving accessibility of port quays and basic external infrastructure. This will lead to better traffic capacity at access roads and roads inside the ports, as well as shorter time for cargo handling between land and sea. Yet another advantage of the project is improved safety of traffic on roads inside the ports thanks to shorter time of stay in the port and reduced number of trucks present in the ports at the same time. As regards safety of means of transport and cargo, it is worth emphasising that the project includes fitting monitoring systems at all parking yards. Since the time needed for loading/unloading tricks will be shorter, comfort for truck drivers will definitely improve as well.

The project can also be seen from the point of view of further development of the two ports.
- The building of port terminal infrastructure in Szczecin and Świnoujście and investing in modern parking places for vehicles will spur the capacity of the Szczecin and Świnoujście port complex. The project fits very well into the strategy of gradual and sustainable development of the ports implemented by the Ports Authority. In combination with investment planned from the water side, the project will help increasing cargo volumes handled in Szczecin and Świnoujście, added K. Sadowski.

The contractor for the investment will be selected through competitive bidding in the first quarter next year. The building process should start in the first half of 2014, and completion has been planned in 2015.