Nearly seven thousand metres of railway tracks will be rebuilt and electrified in the western part of the Port of Gdynia. The investment is worth more than 65 million PLN.
The contract agreement, being a part of the project called “Development of railway access to the western part of the Port of Gdynia – reconstruction and electrification”, was officially signed in presence of the Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Marek Gróbarczyk and the Minister of Infrastructure, Andrzej Adamczyk.
The Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. was represented by President Adam Meller and Vice President Grzegorz Dyrmo. The contractor, selected in a tender procedure, i.e. Consortium of COLAS RAIL Polska Spółka z o.o. (Consortium Leader) and COLAS RAIL S.A.S. (Consortium Partner), was represented by Andrzej Łukaszewicz, Proxy and Managing Director, who signed the agreement on the Consortium’s behalf.
The investment objective is to increase the cargo handling effectiveness of the railway terminal by introducing block trains through an electric traction directly from Gdynia Port station to the BCT track system siding. Electrification will shorten the time needed to handle intermodal cargo at the Port of Gdynia, without the need to replace the engine to a diesel one.
“Our activities with regard to railway are heading in one strictly defined direction. Until 2027 at least 40% of cargo at our port will be handled by rail. This assumption is included in our Development Strategy and we will do our best to complete it”, comments Adam Meller, President of PoGA S.A.
The investment area is located in the northern part of development space, behind Kwiatkowski Flyover. Its scope includes reconstruction of the external rail track system extending their number from six to seven, construction of a 9-kilometer overhead contact line, construction of a rail traffic control devices and a turnouts electric heating system. The contractual deadline of the project completion is 4th quarter of 2020.
“The investment, apart from increasing logistic capacity of the Port of Gdynia, has a social dimension, too. Limitation of noise and pollution will have a significant impact on the living comfort of Gdynia inhabitants, especially those residing in direct vicinity of port areas. We do our best to make our operating activities as agreeable as possible to Gdynia community”, explains Grzegorz Dyrmo, Vice President of PoGA S.A.
By developing continuously its infrastructure Port of Gdynia is getting ready to launch its strategic investment, crucial for its further development, i.e. the construction of the External Port. Modernization of rail traction will contribute to port’s growing cargo handling capacities and will optimize current logistic processes that will be used once the port goes into sea.