Conference “Reconstruction of Intermodal Rail Terminal in the Port of Gdynia”.

On 31 July 2014 an opening information conference was held at the office of the Port of Gdynia Authority in Gdynia devoted to the project entitled ”Reconstruction of Intermodal Rail Terminal in the Port of Gdynia”, co-funded by the European Union out of the Cohesion Fund as part of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment.

On the same day an agreement was signed with Energopol – Szczecin S.A. for building works totalling a gross amount of PLN 73 548 290.00. The works will be carried out in the years 2014-2015. As a result of growing traffic intensity around ports and increased significance of intermodal transport, investments facilitating road and rail access to the port are of key importance for its efficient functioning. The Port of Gdynia Authority, supported by EU funds, has for several years now been implementing investments with a significant impact on access, both by road and rail, to the eastern port (investment entitled “Road and Rail Access Infrastructure to the Eastern Part of the Port of Gdynia”, co-funded by the Cohesion Fund in the amount of over PLN 70 million), as well as the western one – this project entitled ”Reconstruction of Intermodal Rail Terminal in the Port of Gdynia”. These investments will, amongst other, help solve the problem of bottlenecks in rail transport to and from the Port of Gdynia.

The investment entitled ”Reconstruction of Intermodal Rail Terminal in the Port of Gdynia” concerns reconstructing the existing rail terminal in the area of BCT – Baltic Container Terminal activities for the purpose of handling complete intermodal trains. The investment is supported by EU funds on the grounds of a co-funding agreement signed on 27 December 2013 totalling PLN 39.1 million. The planned total cost of the project is PLN 96.4 million, while the amount of eligible expenditures is PLN 78.2 million. The construction works will be carried out in the years 2014-2015. That investment will help increase the Port’s competitiveness in the area of the Baltic Sea and in the VI Pan-European Transport Corridor.

The reconstruction of the existing intermodal rail terminal in the area of the Hel Wharf I will include increasing the usable length of the tracks to a minimum of 650 m, reconstruction of the overhead crane track up to a length of at least 660 m, reconstruction of the road system, water supply, sewerage, power and telecommunication networks, and reconstruction of the existing rail-and-road system in front of warehouse No. 25. These actions will result in ordering up the track system and increased efficiency of the terminal’s operations by allowing the handling of longer trains and larger containerised units. This will also reduce manoeuvring of trains with combustion engines, and – given the intermodal nature of the terminal – reduce traffic by heavy motor vehicles (increased numbers of containers carried by rail transport, as well as the option of carrying semi-trailers by railway). Another benefit following from the project will be environmental protection thanks to reduced noise generated by motor vehicles and cargo trains being rolled on the existing track system. At the same time the area of the terminal will feature tight, concrete pavements with a connection to rainwater drainage, fitted with treatment devices, eliminating the possibility of contaminating the ground, groundwater and surface water. The project will be ready to operate immediately after the investment has been completed..

Moreover, the Port of Gdynia Authority undertook actions aimed at obtaining EU co-funding for another “rail” investment in this area of the port, i.e. the project entitled “Reconstruction of Rail Access to the Western Part of the Port of Gdynia”, which has been provisionally placed on the list of individual projects for the budgetary period 2014-2020.

It should be remembered, however, that it is modernisation of the widely understood Gdynia Port Station that will be of primary importance for the Port of Gdynia’s rail access as its present form does not correspond to present and future needs following in particular from the development of intermodal transport handling containers and semi-trailers carried on regular railway connections. On 12 May this year PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. [Polish Railway Lines] signed an agreement with WYG International Sp. z o.o. for developing a feasibility study that will show the optimal scope of that modernisation. Works on the study will finish in September 2015. The contract totalling the net amount of almost PLN 1.4 million is co-funded out of EU funds, from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2007-2013. The Polish Railway Lines are planning to carry out the following stages concerning design and implementation of building works as part of the financial perspective for 2014-2020. All these projects will help create and develop connections of the “Motorways of the sea” type, leading out of Polish ports located in the TEN-T network that the Port of Gdynia is part of.

More information on the project is available at:  www.port.gdynia.pl/intermodalny

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