On 16 May this year in Palanga, Lithuania, the EU Monitoring Committee consisting of member and partner countries (i.e. Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) selected nine projects to be co-financed from the European Union funds within the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020.
Among winners there is also the “Water Innovation System Amplifier (WISA): Test-beds for water innovation” project, whose partner is going to be the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. The WISA project leader is Krinova Incubator and Science Park of Sweden. The Port of Gdynia will receive – being partner of the project – more than 164 000 euro.
The main objective of this ecological undertaking is to limit the amount of contamination ending up in the Baltic Sea with rainwater and sewage. This will positively influence not only the natural environment, but the maritime communities as well. Our participation in this EU project will also enable exchange of experience with other Baltic ports, free-of-charge testing of water purification systems and analysis of potential solutions for rainwater management in the future External Port – the Port of Gdynia’s strategic investment. As a result, the negative impact of the Port of Gdynia on the natural environment, including Natura 200 areas, will be reduced.
“The Port of Gdynia has been implementing the policy of sustainable development for years. This is why we place special emphasis that all cargo handling processes be carried out according to the European environmental requirements at our terminals,” underlines Grzegorz Dyrmo, Vice President of the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. “Our participation in the WISA project is another important task regarding protection of maritime environment, new technologies and our strategy within the Green Port idea.”