Reconstruction of the Port Channel in the Port of Gdynia

Port of Gdynia Authority S.A.

Project value:
90 660 788,00 PLN

Qualified spendings:
60 190 082,45 PLN

EU co-financed value:
51 161 570,04 PLN

The project is co-financed by the European Union Cohesion Fund wihin the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”


Geographical range of the project

The project is located in the Port of Gdynia situated on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. Port of Gdynia is situated in the northern part of Pomeranian voivodship, on the Gulf of Gdansk, within the area of Gdynia District.

Geographic location – coordinates: 54 � 32’N, 18 � 34’E

The Port Channel leads from the main entrance to the port to the outermost quays: Helskie I and Bulgarian, enabling vessels to approach all the basins and quays. There are three turn-basins at the Port Channel (basins large enough to allow the turning of the vessels before the approach to the quays).

The scope of the project

The project includes dredging works (deepening) within the Port Channel, i.e. from the main entrance to the port (head of the breakwater), through the turning-basins No. 1, 2 and 3 to the Helskie I Quay and to the Basin III area.

The detailed scope of the project includes:

1. The preservation of the structure of quays: French, Belgian, Dutch, Norwegian, Slovak (formerly Yugoslavian), Helskie I – by reinforcing the bottom of the quays with the geotextile mattress filled with sand; the preserved quays will be 2474 m long.

2. Dredging of the Port Channel to -13.5 m throughout its length of 5300 m from the entrance to the port to the Helskie I and Bulgarian quays (towards the west) and to Basin III (towards the east), the current channel depth ranges from 11.5m to 12.0 m, and after the completion of the project it will be equal to 13.5 m (difference of 1.5 – 2.0 m).

3. Rebuilding the structure of the Ostroga Pilotowa ( Pilot Groyne) to the extent necessary to expand the inner entrance to the port at the bottom level, at a depth of -13.5 m. The width of the inner entrance to the port at the bottom level is now 84 m, and after the completion of the project it will be equal to 98 meters (14 m difference).

4. Deepening of the bottom at the following quays:

– Dutch: the section of ca.100 m from 9.8 m to 11.1 m (by 1.3 meter), and the section of ca. 400 m from 12.2 m to 13.5 m (by 1.3 meter),

– Helskie I: the section of 282 m from 11.0 m to 12.5 m (by 1.5 meter), section of 400 m from 12.0 m to 13.2 m (by 1.2 meter)

– Norwegian: section ca. 105 m from 8.8 m to 9.0 m (by 0.2 meter) and section ca.150 m from 7.5 m to 9.0 m (by 1.5 meter),

– French: section of 196 m from 11.8 m to 12.0 m (by 0.2 meter), section ca. 204 m from 11.6 m to 13.5 m (by 1.9 meter), section of 112 m from 12.5 m to 13.5 m (by 1.0 meter);

– Slovak (formerly Yugoslavian): 190 m from 8.4m to 8.7 m (by 0,3 meter)

5. Deepening the Turing -basins No. 1, 2 and 3; Turning-basin No. 1 from 11.5 m to 13.5 m (by 2 m), No. 2 from 11.5 m to 13.5 m (by 2 m), No. 3 from 11.5 m to 13.5 m (by 2 m).

6. Increasing the diameter of turning-basins No. 2 and 3; No. 2 from diameter of 300 m to 385 m (by 85 m) and No. 3 from diameter of 270 m to 400 m (by 130 m).

Project Objectives

Main objective

The main objective of the project is to increase the size of allowable draught for vessels and improvement of navigational conditions in the Port of Gdynia.

Specific objectives

Port of Gdynia operates sea container, ro-ro and ferry connections to the European network of motorways, expressways and railway routes. Reconstruction of the port channel through the deepening to the target depth of -13.5 meters will allow for the operation of vessels with a total draught of about 13 meters.

After the completion of the investment in terms of the reconstruction of the Ostroga Pilotowa (Pilot Groyne) quay, the inner entrance width at the maximum depth of -13.5 m will amount to 98 meters, allowing for safe manoeuvre operation of wider vessels.

Deepening of the bottom along quays: the Dutch, Helskie, Norwegian, French and Slovak (formerly Yugoslavian) will allow for handling of deeper draught vessels in the future. Current depths at the above mentioned quays prevents operation of much larger vessels, more and more often notified on terminals operating there. The vessels that happened to be contracted so far used to enter the port partially loaded. The deepening will create the possibility of a better use of the tonnage of vessels, and thus it will favour to the development of maritime shipping.

As a result of the investment, 6 port quays will be modernised (reinforcement of the bottom along the quays: Dutch, Belgian, French, Norwegian, Slovak, Helskie I) following the preservation of coastal structure by strengthening the bottom of basins, which will allow for safe functioning of structure and provide greater stability of quays. Reinforcing the bottom along the quays, the current depth of which is being increased, shall reduce the risk of hollowing the structure of the quays.

As a result of the investment the port turning basins will be deepened. Diameters of two turning basins will also be enlarged. Deepening and widening of the turning basins will guarantee the greater safety during the performance of maneuvers and will allow for the operation of vessels of larger parameters than now, i.e. with a draught of up to -13m and the length of about 200m in the Turnbasin No. 2, and the length of about 250m in the Turnbasin No. 3.

European Union Subsidies

The project was primarily enclosed into the indicative project list (MP 30/2008 no. 269, dated 06.03.2008) for Operational Programme – Infrastructure and Environment 2007-2013, Priority Axis no. VII Environment-friendly transport, Activity no. 7.2 Development of Maritime Transport, position number 123.

On November 30th, in Warsaw headquarter of The Centre for EU Transport Projects, CEUTP and Port of Gdynia Authority SA representatives signed the project “Reconstruction of the Port Channel in the Port of Gdynia” co-financing agrement No: POIS.07.02.00-00-004/09-00.

The total project value including VAT amounts to more than PLN 90 million. The project is co-financed by the European Union Cohesion Fund in the amount of PLN 51.16 mln . The difference between the amount of subsidy compensation and the value of the total project will be covered entirely by the beneficiary – Port of Gdynia Authority SA, as its own contribution.

Technical data

The investment includes the following elements:

Ostroga Pilotowa

According to the navigational expertise developed by the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. it is essential for the safety of the larger vessels traffic to broaden the inner entrance to the port at the bottom through the elimination of existing slopes. It is not possible without rebuilding the structure of the Ostroga Pilotowa (Pilot Groyne).

The scope of works

Underwater part: broadening of the inner entrance in the bottom by 14 m to the depth elevation of -13.5 m; supporting of the reinforced case of the groin’s head placed on a 3-meter breakstone bed with the use of the steel sheet pile wall; the sheet pile wall sunk in the pit, then buried to the elevation of -9.2 m, covered with underwater concrete layer to the elevation of -8.4 m; punching 6 micropiles in protective tubes of 600kN load capacity to ensure the stability; reinforcing of the bottom around the structure of the groin�s converted head in the form of bound to each other polypropylene geotextile sandbags (277 pcs.) dimensions 2.0 x1.5×0.5 m placed on geotextile fixed to the bottom with pins – total area of 860 m2, geotextile edges covered with all-in aggregate or shingle gravel; cubic measure of dredging works max. 214 m3, backfilling with sand;

Above water part: crown elevation +2.3m;reinforced concrete superstructure in the form of a pile caps in the sheet pile wall joint with ribs, placed in reinforced concrete shuttering plates situated over the ribs of the existing structure, the space between the pile cap and existing structure filled with reinforced concrete slab, the head surface made of the vibro-pressed concrete sett (8 cm) on the foundation made of cement-sand sub-crust and the base of lean cement concrete, surface falling gradient of 0.5% to the outside from the axis; superstructure equipment: 6 rubber fender beams on each side and articulated fender beams on the front, two hatch ladders, two cast iron mooring bollards ZI-22,5, crash barrier made of steel pipes, four PVC culverts and cable vault for electrical installations; reconstruction of the navigation lights removed for the time of construction.

Port Channel � dredging works

Stages of the dredging works (planned depth -13.5 m):

Stage I: Outer harbor, Turn-basin No.1 of 500 m in diameter, Basin III; designed volume 687 206 m3, designed dredging area 539 740 m2;

Stage II: Port Channel from Turn-basin No. 1 to Turn-basin No. 2; designed volume 94 297 m3, designed dredging area 118 963 m2;

Stage III: Turn-basin No. 2 of diameter of 385 m; designed volume 57 332 m3, designed dredging area 132 663 m2;

Stage IV: Port Channel from Turn-basin No. 2 to Turn-basin No. 3; designed volume 219 243 m3, designed dredging area 195 073 m2;

Stage V: Turn-basin No. 3 of diameter of 400 m; designed volume 160 519 m3, designed dredging area 139 436 m2;

Stage VI: Port Channel from Turn-basin No. 3 to the Helskie I Quay; designed volume437 812 m3, designed dredging area 180 858 m2;

The total planned dredging volume 1 656 409 m3, area of 1 306 733 m2.

Reinforcing of the bottom

The designed reinforcement consists in placing a single layer of technical geotextile on the previously profiled bottom and then placing a layer of geotextile fabric bags filled with sand. Geotextile layer placed with the overlap and fixed to the bottom with the round bar pins, fixing in rows made every 2 m, 1.4 m distance between pins in a row, every 1 m on the edge; geotextile placed on the sheet pile wall or the wall of the box at the height of 50 cm and 50 cm on the outside of the reinforcement. Bags of dimensions 2.0 x1.5×0.45 m placed closely, bound with ropes threaded through special galvanized holes. Spaces inside the cavities of rolled sections of the sheet pile wall filled with a concrete plugs.

The extent of the bottom reinforcing:

The Dutch Quay – reinforcement broadening (100 m long) and new reinforcement (399 m long) in zone up to 21 m, at elevation of -13.5 m;

The Belgium Quay – reinforcement broadening (134 m long) in zone up to 21 m, at elevation of -10 m;

The French Quay – reinforcement broadening ( 316 m long), at elevation of -13.5 m and new reinforcement (196 m long) at elevation of -12.0 m, in zone up to 21 m;

The Norwegian Quay � preservation of the foot of a box with 7.2 m wide flange at the elevation of -9.2 m, and then slope down to the bottom in a 6.1 m wide zone at elevation of -11.0 m (256 m long) and preservation of corners of Indian and United States Quays;

The Slovak Quay (formerly Yugoslavian) � reinforcement of the bottom along with protective covering of footing of boxes at the elevation of -8.7 m, slope descent to the elevation of -9.7 m and further to the depth of -10.2 m (172 m long) and reinforcement of corners of Hungarian and Romanian Quays;

The Helskie I Quay � reinforcement of the bottom in zone up to 21 m, at the elevation of -12.5 m at length of 398 m and at the elevation of -13.2 m at length of 400 m; within area of “A” slipway (49.5 m long) reinforcement of area up to width of 30 m at the length of 21 m.

Total bottom reinforcement (broadening and extension) along the above quays will be ca. 47 thousand m2.


Implementation of this investment was preceded by carrying out of the tendering procedures for selection of the investment contractor. Contract with the contractor was concluded on 4 March 2008. Putting the entire deepened Port Channel into operation is planned for end of 2010.

The additional stage of the investment concerning the rebuilding of Ostroga Pilotowa (Pilot Groyne) will be the object of next tendering procedures in 2010 (see the table below).

Schedule for implementation of the investment was made based on the following assumptions:

– realization of dredging works in a given sea area will be carried out parallelly to the works related to the bottom reinforcement works at the quays adjacent to the given sea area,

– first of all the dredging works will be executed, then works connected with bottom reinforcing (except for the Helskie I Quay),

– because of extensive exploitation of the Helskie I Quay (including the specificity of cargo and regular shipping lines), the reinforcing of the bottom at this quay was commenced before the dredging works near the quay.

– the investment will be realized in the period from March 2008 to December 2010.

Schedule for particular activities

Commencement date
Completion date
1. Feasibility study 07.11.2006 30.06.2009
2. Cost-benefit analysis (including financial analysis) 07.11.2006 30.07.2009
3. Evaluation of impact on environment 01.01.2006 28.02.2009
4. Technical design works 11.01.2006 28.07.2008
5. Development of tender documentation Main stage: 09.2007
Additional stage: 12.2009
Main stage: 10.2007
Additional stage: 02.2010
6. Presumed time of announcement ofthe tender procedure Main phase: 10.2007
Additional stage: 02.2010
Main stage: 11.2007
Additional stage: 02.2010
7. Acquisition of land N/A N/A
8. Construction period / construction contract Main stage: 03.2008
Additional stage: 04.2010
Main stage: 12.2010
Additional stage: 11.2010
9. Settlement /Project completion 01.01.2007 31.07.2011
10. Operational period 01.01.2011 31.12.2035


25.01.2010. Press Conference


08.04.2011. Closing conference

TV Spot

Do pobrania: spot reklamowy promujący projekt “Przebudowa Kanału Portowego w Porcie Gdynia”
Format: AVI (DIVX)
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Media Monitoring

25.01.2010. Materiał z konferencji prasowej, która odbyła się w siedzibie ZMPG S.A. (TVP Gdańsk, Panorama)
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