Four agreements signed at the end of December 2013 for funding of investments carried out by the Port Authority in its different areas from the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme are worth in total PLN 210 million.
On the 27th December 2013 the representatives of the Port of Gdynia Authority SA and the EU Centre for the Transport Projects signed an agreement for co-financing the project entitled “Reconstruction of the Intermodal Rail Terminal in the Port of Gdynia”, for the sum of more than PLN 30 million, which constitutes 50% of the eligible expenditures. The total cost of this project’s implementation is approximately PLN 96 million. The construction works will be carried out in the years 2014-2015. The implementation of the project, located in the west part of the Port of Gdynia, will put into order the track system and increase the handling capacity in terms of the size of containerised units to be handled. The expansion of the track system together with the capacity to receive longer trains will increase the terminal’s efficiency and reduce manoeuvring of trains with internal combustion engines. The project will contribute to reducing traffic of heavy vehicles (semi-trailers with containers will be transported by rail), and will also reduce the noise generated by motor vehicles and carriages with cargo currently shunted on the existing track system. Providing the terminal with sealed, concrete surfaces with a rainwater sewage system, equipped with purifying devices, will eliminate the possibility of contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water, which will in turn help to improve the environment.
The one but last day of 2013, on the other hand, resulted in signing three consecutive agreements for financing the port projects in Gdynia. Two of them relate to onshore investments, including the agreement for funding in the amount of PLN 48,7 million (approximately 81% of maximum eligible expenditure) for the “Reconstruction of the Swedish Quay in the Port of Gdynia”, and the contract for funding in the amount of over PLN 50 million (approximately 85% of maximum eligible expenditure): “Development of the Bulgarian Quay in the Port of Gdynia”.
The total planned cost of the project “Reconstruction of the Swedish Quay in the Port of Gdynia”, to be carried out in the years 2013-2015, is PLN 85,7 million. It will include reconstruction of the quay together with road-rail access, and construction of an installation collecting sewage from ships. The construction works will consist mainly of the reconstruction of the west part of the quay, which will allow the mooring of PANAMAX type vessels. Through the use of rainwater pre-treatment systems and limiting the entry of pollution into the port waters, the project will help to improve the environment. It will also facilitate and increase the share of combined transport in general freight transport through better adaptation of the mass terminal to rail transport.
In turn, “Development of the Bulgarian Quay in the Port of Gdynia” is one of the most important and most serious – in financial terms – investment projects of the Port of Gdynia Authority SA. The total cost of the project, with its implementation extended over the period 2013-2015 – equals over PLN 101 million (from this amount, the eligible expenditures are 59 million). The allocated amount of grant equals PLN 50 million, so it is half of the total expenditures incurred on this investment. The Port of Gdynia Authority SA will cover the rest of the costs of this investment from its own funds, just as in the case of the other projects listed here. The construction works were started in 2013 and will continue until 2015. The project aims to increase handling capacity in the west part of the port. As part of the project the plan is to develop the vacant land in the area of the Bulgarian Quay through the construction of the infrastructure necessary for handling the goods transported by sea. It requires – amongst other things – the construction of wharves, roads, a manoeuvring/warehouse yard and network infrastructure. Also in this case the implementation of the project helps to reduce the negative impact on the environment, thanks to increasing the share of alternative means of transport, i.e. sea transport, and putting the water supply and sewage systems into order.
The third contract signed on the 30th December 2013 relates to funding in the amount of the PLN 72,5 million (which constitutes almost 85% of eligible expenditure) of the project “Infrastructure of the Road and Rail Access to the Eastern Part of the Port of Gdynia”. The total cost of implementation of this project is approx. PLN 112 million. The construction works have been divided into two stages. The implementation of the first stage took place in the years 2008-2010, the second stage was started in 2011, while works related to acceptance of the building works have only just begun. This project is of paramount importance for the unblocking of the whole road system in the east part of the Port of Gdynia. Furthermore, its vital element is to prepare the rail infrastructure in the area of the Polish Quay (2nd zone) for intermodal services. The project also contains elements of the car parks infrastructure for vehicles headed for the port terminals.
The investments implemented thanks to EU funds are an important element of the development plans set out in the development strategy of the Port of Gdynia. Serving the growth of transhipments of various transport groups, they no doubt contribute to increasing the Port’s competitiveness in the region of the Baltic Sea. At the same time, not only are they an excellent example of environment-friendly development, but they also contribute to improving the significant parameters of its functioning (e.g. reducing pollution of the port waters and the Gdańsk Bay, reducing noise emissions and traffic intensity).