Port of Gdynia’s Strategic Development Plan to 2027

The General Assembly of Shareholders passed a resolution on the 11th of August 2014 to approve the Port of Gdynia’s Strategic Development Plan for the period 2014 to 2027.

This Strategic Development Plan is strictly linked to the EU Financial Programming Periods of 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 and its implementation period will also witness the Port of Gdynia’s 100th anniversary celebrations of establishment. The Strategy proposes development activities that have to be carried out in order to improve the port’s market position in the South Baltic Sea Region.

The Port of Gdynia is currently a modern and universal port that specializes in handling general cargoes, mainly unitized cargoes transported in containers and in the ro-ro system. These services are provided through a network of multimodal transport connections with the hinterland and through short sea shipping and ferry connections.

New technological, ecological and economic demands further changes in the way the port functions. Implementation of the development actions and following the directions  formulated in the Strategic Plan  will enable the Port of Gdynia to maintain its universal character, which will be capable of handling and providing services to the biggest vessels  visiting the Baltic Sea and providing other services as a key node in the Baltic –Adriatic Trans -European Transport Corridor.

Vision of the Port of Gdynia:

“Port of Gdynia as a multimodal and universal port, a logistics node in the North-South Transport Corridor, which is capable of creating and providing value-added services to the market”

A Vision so formulated categorically declares the future aspirations of the Port of Gdynia and portrays its ambition of remaining a universal port with a strong market brand name and reputation, which is also capable of servicing transit traffic in the North –South relations. The Port of Gdynia also intends to take all necessary measures to become an ocean port, capable of  attracting significant transshipment cargo. Efficiency in operations and high quality services  provided by the Port of Gdynia are aimed at consolidating its market position. The formidable and strong brand name of the port will be the distinguishing factor that will attract more customers.

The Mission Statement of the port so defined is derived from the Vision. The Mission Statement defines the main scopes of activities to be carried out internally in the Port of Gdynia.


Mission Statement of the Port of Gdynia:

“Undertaking consistent and effective actions and measures that will ensure sustainable service sector development of the Port of Gdynia  through continuous port infrastructure development and maintenance, ensuring effective transport access, supporting good market practices, scrupulous corporate social responsibility as well as adhering to the highest safety and environmental protection standards”.

The Mission Statement stresses the necessity to ensure sustainable development of the service sector in the port. It is indispensable to guarantee modern development potential of the port, secure up-to-date technology, adapt port infrastructure to meet current market demands and acquire land for future port and maritime development purposes as well as maintain a high level of efficiency in port operations and increase the capacity for future development investments.  Apart from the above, it is also indispensable to ensure efficient maritime, road and rail access to the port.

In order to achieve the aims of the port’s mission and the set targets, it is necessary to maintain appropriate relationship and co-operation with the port’s customers, to be constantly aware and take care of the welfare of the society as well as adhering to the highest safety and environmental protection standards.

Analyses of the port’s internal, local and external environment, identification  of weaknesses and strengths  as well as opportunities and threats made it possible to define priority areas of development and devise action plans for the Port of Gdynia to achieve those aims.

Priority 1 – Maintaining the universal, multipurpose character of the port and

                   consolidating its position of market dominance;


The Strategic Development Plan of the Port of Gdynia proposes to maintain the universal character of the port and continue the sustainable development process in three main cargo market segments, i.e. containers, bulk and ro-ro (including ferry). Diversification of the cargo categories being handled will increase the attractiveness of services provided by the port and help mitigate against the volatile conditions in the various market segments.

This principle is  condones well also with the natural predispositions and location of the port and augurs well for the Port of Gdynia to develop as a universal one that is capable and destined to handle general and bulk cargoes of all kinds, as well as capable of receiving the largest container, bulk and cruise passenger vessels that visit the Baltic Sea.

Expected results:

  • Increased growth in cargo throughput as a result of full exploitation of the transit and Polish market growth dynamics,
  • Closer alignment of the port to the major economic centres both in its national hinterland and transit countries,
  • Increased efficiency and better utilization of the port’s own resources and existing natural endowments,
  • Consolidation of the port’s advantageous competitive position in the container, bulk and semi-bulk cargo markets as well as increasing the port’s market share in transit traffic.

Priority 2 – Search for modern development potential;  

In the strategic interests of the Port of Gdynia lies the strengthening of its competitive market position in the national, Baltic and European context. Modern facilities and operational potential to handle cargo , ships and inland transport (road and rail) will be a pre-condition to sustain a strong competitive position in the key cargo categories and market segments. Current lack of back-up area for future development of the port, however, cannot pose as a barrier to its development ambitions.

Expected results of this priority:

  • development of Gdynia as a logistics node in the TEN-T Corridor in terms of cargo handling and storage facilities and infrastructure ;
  • increased development potential of the Port of Gdynia and enlarged land acquired for port operations;
  • increased throughput capacities in port terminals and establishment of new terminals in the port;
  • adaptation of port infrastructure parameters to meet growth forecasts, ship sizes and types as well as ensuring the possibility to handle Baltmax size vessels;
  • constructed new ferry terminal in Gdynia as an element of the Gdynia-Karlskrona Motorway of the Sea investment programme;
  • ensured possibility to provide services to the biggest cruise vessels;
  • ensured possibility to handle petrochemical products in the export –import relations;
  • ensured strong financial base to implement long-term development policies.


Expectations of the port from public institutions during implementation of this Priority, requirements include:

  • extension of the administrative borders of the port;
  • all State Treasury lands situated within the administrative borders of the port transferred to the Port of Gdynia Authority SA;
  • introduction of a law that requires obligatory consultation and agreement of all spatial planning policy issues with authorities of ports concerning lands situated within the administrative jurisdiction of European-designated Core Ports of national importance;

making it possible for port administrators to acquire lands situated in Polish ports’ economic hinterland, in order to integrate them with their hinterlands.

Priority 3 –Complete and total transport access to the port as a pre-condition for the development of a logistics and multimodal transport platform

Gdynia is a Category A core port in the TEN-T network and is the only Polish port that has a Motorway of the Sea connection with Sweden (Gdynia-Karlskrona). The Port of Gdynia associates itself with the role it will play in the Baltic-Adriatic Transport Corridor, which is one of the 9 core corridors in the Trans-European Transport Network. It is therefore understandable for the Port of Gdynia to have transport connections to both the eastern and south-eastern directions as well as be connected to national gas and petroleum pipelines.

Adequate transport access will improve the port’s competitive position and help attract  more cargo and investments, resulting in long-term development. Efficient transport access will definitely facilitate the establishment of good business relationships (business exchanges, including external investments, attracting and implementing of business innovation processes) as well as educational and scientific exchanges (network of Baltic, European and global co-operation), also social (development of cultural relations, including international).

Expected results from this Priority:

  • Improvements in safety of navigational conditions and ensuring the possibility to receive and service Baltmax vessels visiting the port;
  • Increasing the role of rail transport of goods from the Port of Gdynia, especially intermodal transport;
  • Elimination of bottlenecks in rail transport infrastructure, complete electrification of the rail system and the possibility to serve full-length trains;
  • Increasing the throughput capacity and increased axial bearing capacity of rail tracks within the administrative borders of the Port of Gdynia;
  • Implementation of EU transport policies concerning the integration of ports with their hinterlands, especially intermodal terminals;
  • Elimination of bottlenecks in road transport access to the port, including strengthening the load bearing capacity of the road surfaces, increasing throughput and ensuring efficient handling of oversize cargo;
  • Increasing efficiency in handling heavy trucks in the Port of Gdynia.


Expectations of the port from public institutions during implementation of this Priority, requirements include:

  • Full integration of the Port of Gdynia as a TEN-T core port with other core elements in the network and recognize it as the port of origin in the Baltic-Adriatic Transport Corridor;
  • Improvement of the port maritime entrance channel and other maritime access infrastructure by the Maritime Administration, so that the port can be capable of handling vessels with Baltmax parameters as well as ensuring navigational safety in the port;
  • Verification of existing national regulations concerning safety of shipping in all Polish ports;
  • Electrification of rail lines and modernization of the rail network in the Gdynia Port Rail Station to meet parameters that will allow for servicing the required full-length trains (750 m) as well as increasing the axial thrust of the railtracks to the permissible 22,5T in order to fully integrate the port’s rail infrastructure network into the national railway network as recommended by the EU for TEN-T Core ports;
  • Provide guarantees for the reconstruction and modernization of Railway Lines CE65 and 201 Nowa Wieś Wielka-Bydgoszcz Wschód-Maksymilianowo-Kościerzyna-Gdynia as a priority;
  • Ensuring efficient passage of all kinds of cargo through the tri-city rail connection to Tczew;
  • Supporting the use of rail transport of goods by offering preferential rates for the use of rail infrastructure, especially rail intermodal transport to/from Polish seaports.
  • broadening the competencies of port authorities in order for them to ably integrate the ports with their hinterlands and must conform to the aims of Polish and EU transport policies;
  • modernization of national roads and motorways and integrate them with the port’s road infrastructure and ensuring an alternative, collision-free road connection from the Port of Gdynia to the national road network by constructing a new link from Janek Wiśniewski Road to the Tri-city Bypass, e.g.  as Phase I of OPAT;
  • reinforcing and adaptation of Kwiatkowski Flyover, which is the main connection of the Port of Gdynia to the national road network to meet the required 11,5T axle weight;
  • adoption and integration into TEN-T Core Network by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) all roads that are access roads to the Port of Gdynia but have been currently classified as communal and district roads.


Priority 4 – A port friendly to its environment;

Maintaining a strong brand, the highest standards of co-operation with stakeholders and continuous search for solutions in the scope of safety, environmental protection, exchange of information and simplification of administrative procedures are all indispensable elements that can secure a strong market position for the Port of Gdynia.

Expected effect of activities in this Priority:

  • strengthening and consolidation of the strong market position and maintaining the positive image of the Port of Gdynia, as a business-friendly port offering high quality port services and maintaining the highest international standards, especially in the scope of safety to ships, cargo and passengers as well as environmental protection procedures;
  • improvements in working /operational conditions for port users and simplification of cargo documentation processes, customs and phyto-sanitary procedures as well as other border security services and procedures;
  • attracting new shipping and intermodal transport connections to the port;
  • increasing efficiency in port operations by developing an efficient information exchange platform;
  • development of the so-called “Logistics Valley” as a logistics back-up for the port;
  • introduction of modern transport infrastructure financing model with the aims of introducing the “user pays” policy;
  • increase employment in the port maritime sector and at the same time labour

Expectations of the of the port from public institutions during implementation of this Priority, requirements include:

  • improving upon simplification of border and cargo information transfer procedures through the introduction of the “Single Window” system’
  • take integrated actions to promote the Pomeranian Region as an attractive destination for cruise vessels and propose attractive offers for ferry and maritime passengers visiting Gdynia;
  • take actions together with public institutions, including the Gdynia Municipality, Pomeranian Development Agency and Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency to promote and attract investments to the Port of Gdynia and to the “Logistics Valley;
  • introduce regulations that will allow to align port dues to the structure of maintenance and infrastructure costs as well as volume of cargo being handled.

Uniformity of the Strategic Development Plan with other Strategic Documents

Uniformity of the port’s new strategic development plan with other international, national, regional and municipal strategic development documents were taken into consideration during its preparation.

Aims and targets of the port’s Development Strategic Plan are consistent with the aims formulated in the following European Union Policy documents:

a) White Paper – Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system

b) Europe 2020 -the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade

c) Policy proposal by European Commission “Ports: An engine for growth”.

d) EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region


Aims and targets of the port’s Development Strategic Plan are complementary to the following National Policy documents:

a) Strategy for National Development to 2020;

b) National Spatial Planning Concept 2030

c)  Transport Development Strategy to 2020 (with perspectives to 2030)

d) Maritime Policy Proposals of the Republic of Poland 2020

e) Seaports Development Strategy to 2015

f) Programme Project for the Development of Polish Seaports to 2020 (with perspectives to 2030)


Aims and targets of the port’s Development Strategic Plan are complementary to the following Regional Policy Documents:

a)  Pomerania Regional Development Strategy 2020,

b) Regional Strategic Programme in the framework of Pomerania Mobile Transport

Aims and development targets approved in the Strategic Development Plan of the Port of Gdynia are also consistent with the Gdynia Municipal Strategic Development Plan.

A list of investment projects submitted by the Port of Gdynia Authority SA to be implemented in the framework of  Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2007-2013.


List of maritime–related projects located in the Port of Gdynia or its environs, which are listed in the Implementation Document to the Transport Development Strategy 2020 (with perspectives to 2030), version from March 2014

Investment projects for which agreements have been signed for their implementation in the framework of Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2007-2013)

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