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Ports for Berlin and Brandenburg

On 6.12.2012, the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority together with German partners organised a seminar in Berlin. During the seminar, ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście presented their services and investment opportunities for the German market, in particular for Berlin and Brandenburg.

The meeting was co-organized by BEHALA - Berliner Hafen- und Lagerhausgesellschaft mbH, a long-term partner for the Ports of Szczecin-Świnoujście, and the association of LogisticsNet Berlin-Brandenburg, a public-private partnership institution involved in the EU project of Berlin-Brandenburg as hub in seaport hinterland transport.
The seminar aimed at presenting ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście as a favourable logistic node for the area of Berlin and Brandenburg, which operates three modes of transport linking the ports with the region. Much attention was given to the Oder-Havel waterway which is an important transportation route linking the agglomeration of Berlin with ports on the Oder, in particular with Szczecin. Every year, cargo handling on the route reaches about 2-3 million tonnes. Equally important is an efficient railway line and favourable road connection between Berlin and Szczecin with A11 motorway on the German side and A6 on the Polish side coupled with comprehensive improvement of accessibility to the port of Szczecin by modernizing Struga Street. Considering transportation links in combination with the potential of the Berlin and Brandenburg region, the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście have started implementing several logistic solutions for servicing the market of the eastern part of Germany.
The presentation addressed German port industry companies based in the region. An introductory speech at the seat of BEHALA was delivered by Jarosław Siergiej, the Chairman of Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, and dr inż. Jan Masalski, a representative of the Polish Embassy in Berlin. Then, services and logistic solutions for the market of Berlin and Brandenburg were presented by representatives of the Ports Authority and cargo handling companies, including DB Port Szczecin sp. z o.o, Port Handlowy Świnoujście Sp. z o.o. and OT Logistics SA. Finally, a representative of the association LogisticsNet Berlin-Brandenburg provided attendees of the seminar with objectives and tasks of the EU project of 'Berlin-Brandenburg as hub in seaport hinterland transport'. Peter Stäblein, the Managing Director of Behala, was satisfied with the revival of business and economic contacts with the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście, and expressed the need to continue the development of the cooperation.
The meeting of 6th December discussed investment to be implemented by Polish and German partners. The investment is mainly related to improving accessibility for inland shipping, primarily the necessity to increase clearance under bridges and complete the modernization of the Niederfinow lift. Another topic discussed was the electrification of the railway line on the German side.
The Berlin presentation of services offered by ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście fits into the marketing strategy of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority. An important element of the strategy is attracting cargo flows to and from the area of Berlin and Brandenburg.
The cooperation between the Szczecin-Świnoujście ports complex and the area of Berlin and Brandenburg has continued for many years. For certain, such meetings help summarising the previous cooperation, as well as present new logistic solutions. They also provide good opportunity for identifying and discussing necessary measures to develop cooperation between the parties.