It has become a tradition that the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. prepares a gift for the local community on its birthday...
This year, the Port of Gdynia celebrates its 98th birthday by handing over two new exibits to stay at the EXPERYMENT Science Centre. Three Port Master simulators founded last year enjoy great interest of the Centre's guests - almost 60,000 people have used them. Thanks to the stands, visitors can learn about the work of the port dispatcher, supervisor and directing traffic on its premises. Today, on the eve of World Maritime Day, in the special year of the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining access to the sea, we will bring port life closer to the youngest - as it is with them in mind that new stands have been developed.
A mock-up model of the port is a stand which will appear on the HYDROWORLD exhibition, i.e. water zone in the EXPERYMENT Science Centre. A multisensor model of the port realistically maps port basins and ships, allowing the youngest to perform port operations. The ship models have been made using the 3D printing method in order to reflect as closely as possible the appearance of container ships, tankers or passenger ferries entering the Port of Gdynia on a daily basis.
“We are pleased that the simulators handed over a year ago were met with such a great interest among guests visiting the Centre. It is an innovative way of promoting professions related to the maritime industry and the hope that this sector will gain real enthusiasts in the future. We want to introduce young people to the specificity of the port's activity, encourage them to choose schools and universities with a maritime profile, so that in the future they can pursue their professional careers, e.g. in the Outer Port, which will provide about 700 new jobs," said Adam Meller, President of the Gdynia Port Authority..
“Birthday is a special moment celebrated with friends. We are pleased with our cooperation with the Port of Gdynia, which is an example of activities linking the institution of non-formal education with business. EXPERYMENT's statutory aims are, among other things, to support activities aimed at developing a knowledge-based economy, promotion of Polish technical achievements and popularising technology and modern technologies. We act to educate about the future, also in the area of making choices by young people,” says Alicja Harackiewicz, Director of the EXPERYMENT Science Centre.
Another gift is the LIFE IN PORT stand. It is a 2D educational mat, where children, while playing, simultaneously carry out everyday tasks performed in the port - they drive trains delivering containers or handle cargo of various product groups that are handled in the Port of Gdynia, using port equipment. To ensure that children perform port operations properly, films from port life are broadcast on a large LCD screen, both archival and online camera: ( https://www.port.gdynia.pl/pl/o-porcie/kamera-online ).
The second element of the celebration of the 98th anniversary of the Port of Gdynia is the opening of the exhibition "Port of Gdynia - Flagship Investment of Independent Poland" in the Gdynia City Museum. The exhibition brings closer the history closed in one hundred years of the port's everyday life. It shows the period of construction and the first years of the port's operation, as well as the staff from contemporary times. It is a unique opportunity to see photographs of Tadeusz Urbaniak and see the changes that have occurred over the years.
Parallel to the exhibition a unique collection of watercolours by Stefan Szmaj will be presented. Port of Gdynia Authority SA purchased a unique collection of 33 watercolours from the artist's family and donated them to the Gdynia City Museum, so that the works of the outstanding artist could reach a wide audience.
Stefan Szmaj was associated with expressionism as a valued graphic artist and painter. After World War II the artist settled in Gdynia, where he created a series of works related to the port of Gdynia, valuable both in artistic and historical terms. The series is an important documentation of the history of the Port of Gdynia and of the vessels coming here. The decision of the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. to purchase this unique collection made it possible to preserve Stefan Szmaj's collection of watercolours in an undispersed form.
“Stefan Szmaj settled down with his family in Gdynia in 1935, and he fell in love with this young, lively city, the sea and the first Polish harbour above it, expressing this love in many of his artistic works - watercolours, oil paintings, drawings and graphics. He immortalized a fragment of the history of the Port of Gdynia in dozens of marine watercolours in particular, which are now a kind of document. In the 1950s, he painted the quays and ships that were mooring there from the window of the former Dalmor's clinic, often during his time off from medical work. Thanks to the purchase by the Port of Gdynia Authority, these works as a collection have not been scattered around the world and are made available to the public at the Gdynia City Museum. I am glad that my grandfather still lives in his works,” says Magdalena Patzer, granddaughter of Stefan Szmaj.
Port of Gdynia Authority SA together with the Museum of the City of Gdynia would like to invite you to this unique exhibition on 23-24 September from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm at the Gdynia City Museum at Zawiszy Czarnego 1 Street.
Admission to the exhibition "Port of Gdynia - Flagship Investment of Independent Poland" and the exhibition of Stefan Szmaj's watercolour collection is free of charge.
The Port of Gdynia has been Poland’s window on the world for 98 years...
On 23 September 1922, the Sejm passed a law on the construction of the port in Gdynia. This was a consequence of Poland regaining access to the sea. In 1920, Poland received one hundred and forty kilometres of coastline under the Treaty of Versailles. The then blockade of Polish trade and shipping imposed by the Free City of Gdańsk was a clear sign to the authorities of our country that the construction of a Polish independent port was not only a need, but also a necessity.
As Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski, the builder of the port and city of Gdynia, said, „Poland without its own sea coast and without its own fleet will never be either united, independent, economically and politically independent, or respected in the great family of states and nations, or able to secure the living conditions, progress and prosperity to its citizens”.
"The most convenient place to build a war port (as well as for commercial needs) is Gdynia, or rather the lowland between Gdynia and Oksywa, located 16 km from the New Port of Gdansk" reported engineer Tadeusz Wenda, who was sent to Pomerania to find the best place for the future Polish port. His arguments for this choice were, e.g. that Gdynia has favourable hydrographic conditions, is sheltered from the winds and has a railway station nearby.
This is how the Port of Gdynia was created, and on its basis the modern port city of Gdynia. The port - four years older than the city - has always been the essence and pride of Gdynia and an opportunity for its further development. Gdynia's tradition and future prospects are connected with the port.