• 2018 February 22 18:11

    Port of Gdansk expects multimilloin investments

    The Port of Gdansk will soon turn into a construction site. During a recent press conference, the Board of PGA SA summarised 2017 investments and presented the plan for 2018, the PGA said in a press release.

    In 2017, PGA carried out investments worth a total of over PLN 29 million. Thanks to these outlays, the fender line on the Wislane Quay was modernised and ulica Chodackiego and Przemyslowe Quay were redeveloped. The Port Master's Office at the Port Polnocny also underwent some changes.

    "2017 was a year of plans, concluding contracts, announcing tenders. Now, the work is about to begin, successive investments will gradually be launched," said Lukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the PGA SA.

    In 2018, the scale of the work will increase considerably. The largest investments are those co-financed (up to 85%) by the European Union within the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Thanks to the EU funds, substantial changes are to be expected within the areas of the Inner Port, among others. The fairway will be deepened and the following quays expanded: the Obroncow Poczty Polskiej and Mew Quays, the Oliwskie Quay, the Zbozowe Quay, the Wisloujscie Quay, and the Dworzec Drzewny Quay. The estimated value of the project is PLN 470 million. In the Outer Port, the PGA will expand and modernise the road and railway network for about PLN 180 million. All of the projects executed as part of the CEF programme are due to be completed by 2020.
    EU subsidies will also contribute to the construction of the new Polnocne Quay, thanks to which the Port of Gdansk will gain a terminal for Ro-Ro type cargo, among others. The total amount of EU funds for the PGA comes to about PLN 600 million.
    "We are happy that we can execute the largest investment programme in the history of the Port of Gdansk. On the one hand, it will help us considerably increase the attractiveness of the Port for contracting partners, and on the other, we will gain additional competences, which will help us complete our flagship investment, which is the Central Port. Contrary to some opinions, the PGA's plans are not an expression of megalomania, but an obvious response to the development plans of other ports around the world," said Marcin Osowski, Vice-President of the Board and Director of Infrastructure at the PGA.

    Work related to the construction of four new car parks has also been planned for this year. The first one to be commissioned - probably already this year - will be the buffer car park at the junction of ulica Sniezna and Handlowa, which will hold about 70 cars. Later will come a car park on ulica Budowniczych Portu Polnocnego, to hold about 80 vehicles, one by the Trasa Sucharskiego to a rest area standard - 300 parking spaces, and a car park on ulica Ku Ujsciu for about 100 vehicles. In total, the modernisation and construction of railways, roads, yards, and fences will amount to about PLN 16 million. The Port of Gdansk will also allot about PLN 8 million for investments in new buildings.

    "It is important to the Ministry of Infrastructure to provide good transport connections for the Polish ports. This is an objective in line with the Responsible Development Strategy. Numerous railway and road investments are being carried out, bringing us closer to accomplishing this objective," said Kazimierz Smolinski, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure.

    As part of hydrotechnical investments, the Northern Coastal Breakwater will be modernised, among other things. The value of the entire investment comes to over PLN 6 million (PLN 3.5 million in 2018). The PGA will also modernise the fender line of the Ore Pier for about PLN 5 million (PLN 2.5 million in 2018). These are just some selected items of about 150 included in the investment and renovation plan for this year. In general, investments will eat up about PLN 170 million in 2018.
    "The [Polish] ports' successes prove that Poland is at the forefront of the maritime economy and is implementing ambitious plans related to its development. Extensive investments are necessary in order to make even better use of the huge potential of the Polish ports, in particular the Port of Gdansk," explained Jerzy Materna, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation.




2018 December 10

10:07 Oman signs Jeddah Amendment on illicit maritime activity
09:45 Brent Crude futures price up 0.45% to $61.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.17% to $52.52
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,372 points
09:07 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
08:07 Torqeedo displays 2019’s new electric boating products at Salon Nautique International de Paris
07:34 chainPORT concludes its 4th Annual Meeting at the Port of Barcelona

2018 December 9

17:01 Jan De Nul starts beach protection project in Benin
16:06 MOL to participate in construction, ownership, operation of FSRU for Jawa 1 Gas-Fired IPP Project in Indonesia
14:40 Coast Guard continues search for survivors of capsized migrant vessel off Dominican Republic
13:38 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia-Middle East Gulf trade
11:39 MHI Vestas clinches largest MW turbine order for Scotland's Moray Firth

2018 December 8

17:15 Huntington Ingalls Industries names Herman Shelanski as new VP, Business Development at it's shipbuilding division
16:07 Gladding-Hearn built pilot boat delivered to Southwest Alaska Pilots Association
13:12 EGCSA blasts MPA's ban on open-loop scrubbers in Singapore
10:28 Torqeedo displays 2019’s new electric boating products at Salon Nautique International de Paris.

2018 December 7

18:01 Naming ceremony for Arctic condensate tanker Boris Sokolov held at Guangzhou Shipyard International
17:38 Tellurian and Vitol sign MOU for 15-year LNG sale on JKM
17:14 Port of Tallinn rewards emission-reducing ships with a discount of up to 8% on tonnage fees
16:50 Vladimir Putin presents Captain Zybko with Distinguished Maritime Service Order
16:26 BSAP updates move forward at HELCOM key meeting
16:02 Orange Business Services keeps Arctic Shipping Company fleet connected along the Northern Sea Route
15:37 EU NAVFOR promotes maritime security dialogue in Somalia
14:59 Protection structures to be built at the port of Sochi
14:25 Northern Fleet's frigate Admiral Gorshkov takes part in training in the Barents Sea
14:08 ABS signs MOU with KOMERI to create a new facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as fuel
13:08 Crowley adds 400 new refrigerated containers to its fleet
12:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’18 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 2.9 million tonnes
11:57 Montreal, Canada to host 14th Arctic Shipping Summit on 13-14 March 2019
11:24 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 284,000 tonnes of fish in 11M’18, up 25.8% Y-o-Y
11:08 SEA Europe and ECSA pleased with EU’s actions on trade-distortive South Korean measures in shipping and shipbuilding
10:45 Extraordinary General Shareholders Meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividends
10:21 Brent Crude futures price down 0.62% to $59.69, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.41% to $51.28
10:06 Barcelona City Council supports reducing pollution in the Mediterranean with a low emissions zone
09:42 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,339 points
09:03 Fincantieri launches new ship “Carnival Panorama” for Carnival Cruise Line
08:07 NYK concludes long-term charter agreement for two LNG carriers with Total
07:24 ‘Breakbulk carrousel’ gives breakbulk and heavy cargo companies space for further growth in Rotterdam’s Waalhaven

2018 December 6

18:05 ONE Thailand receives 2018 Best Container Liner Award from Thai National Shippers’ Council
17:54 IAPH LNG bunkering audit tool already used to license operations at Port of Rotterdam
17:35 IMO highlights key elements of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships
17:17 2019 port tariff increases at North Sea Port stay below inflation level
17:05 Chinese group Lingang signs 5 MOU’s for the realisation of the Lingang Overseas Modern Industrial Park in Zeebrugge
16:40 RF Navy's Northern Fleet to protection Russia’s national interests in the Arctic
16:15 Nexans strengthens its focus on Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) services with a dedicated team of IMR experts
16:01 MABUX: Big chance for bunker prices to turn into firm upward evolution again
15:38 Samskip's investments secure supply chain against Brexit
15:26 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 4.9% to 279.8 million tonnes in 11M’18
15:01 Höegh LNG announces delivery of FSRU number nine, "Höegh Gannet"
14:47 Shipboard equipment localization center encourages shipbuilders to scale up their activities in info-field
14:12 MV S’hail al Wajbah is the newest addition to the Baumarine Pool
13:49 Throughput of port Taganrog in 11M'18 up 3% to 2.78 million tonnes
13:33 FESCO transported 24,000 tonnes to Chukotka under northern delivery of cargoes-2018
13:12 Jan De Nul signs 25 year concession agreement to dredge Guayaquil Port Access Channel
12:50 Modernization of FESCO terminal in Novosibirsk to halve the time of container handling
12:28 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:09 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Red Sea
11:54 BashVolgotanker carried 1.8 million tonnes of oil products in navigation season of 2018, flat Y-o-Y
11:22 Ukraine accedes to load lines convention
11:00 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’2018 grew by 64% to 1.034 million tonnes