Another important investment project has just begun. The Port of Gdynia Authority SA has just released a tender for the reconstruction of Turning Basin No 2 as part of the project of deepening the approach fairway and the inner basins of the port (stage 1) (Pogłębienie toru podejściowego i akwenów wewnętrznych Portu Gdynia – Etap I.).
The main objective of the investment project is to ensure navigation conditions which will make it possible for large container ships carrying loads directly between Europe and Asia to call at the Port of Gdynia. Depending on various safety parameters, the existing turning basins allow for calling at the port of 300—330 metre long vessels. Once the turning basin has been extended, the 370—400 metre long ships will be handled in Gdynia.
Currently, such vessels are not allowed into the interior terminals, i.e. BCT and GCT, as they would not be able to make a turn in the interior basins. That is why Gdynia is still only a port for feeders, whereas it is direct, transoceanic connections that are preferred in the market. It will change by the end of 2017 when the investment project is completed and the extended 480 metre Turning Basin No 2 is commissioned.
With our modern terminals and overhead cranes handling 19 and 22 rows, we will be able to meet the demands of our clients and handle the increasing amounts of cargo generated by the constantly growing Polish economy.
The call for bids includes the demolition of some parts of jetties II and III, the reconstruction of the Guest Quay, the construction of a new station for the floating dock of the Naval Shipyard, and dredging works.
The phases of the investment project to be completed in 2018—2020 are currently being designed. They include: widening (to 280 metres) and deepening (to 17 metres) the approach fairway, deepening (to 16 metres) the inside basins, and widening (to 140 metres) the inner entry.
By that time, the port will have had five quays to handle vessels of up to 15 metre draught: two for intermodal containers and three for bulk cargo. Gdynia – a deepwater port is becoming reality. For more info on the tender see: http://www.port.gdynia.pl/pl/wydarzenia/przetargi/530-25-04-2016r-poglebienie-toru-podejsciowego-i-akwenow-wewnetrznych-portu-gdynia-etap-i