• 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 March 17

06:48 Seatrade convicted for trafficking toxic ships

2018 March 16

18:06 Rijkswaterstaat awards Afsluitdijk project to Levvel consortium
17:36 HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai handles new record ship
17:05 ICS publishes latest Flag State Performance Table
16:51 Vladimir Putin inspected the completed new road section of the Crimean Bridge
16:35 Wison successfully delivers the global largest single cracking furnace module
16:20 GTT announces the end of the test phase of its new LNG brick® technology
16:05 Fincantieri starts building of ultra-luxury cruise ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
15:30 Caterpillar Marine announces first European IMO Tier III tugboat
15:03 Throughput of port Kavkaz up 67% to 4.3 million tonnes in 2M’18
14:39 Port of Hamburg proves effectiveness in handling mega-carriers
14:05 Training for port facility security staff arranged in the Dominican Republic
13:42 Multipurpose Reloading Complex takes lead in the industry
13:20 Karachi Shipyards & Engineering Works delivers two Damen Stan Patrol 1605 FRP patrol boats to Pakistan Customs
13:17 Bunker prices continue going down at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
12:51 52 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 15-16
12:28 Seaports of Russia’s Azov Sea Basin handled 16.77 million tonnes of cargo in winter 2017-2018, up 63.8% Y-o-Y
12:04 Latin America maritime cooperation centre launched
11:40 Vympel Shipyard laid down second armament support ship of Project 20360М for RF Defence Ministry (photo)
11:15 Vostochny Port JSC develops railway infrastructure under its Phase 3 project (photo)
10:52 IMO joined leading oil spill experts to discuss future issues concerning oil spill preparedness, response and restoration
10:27 Brent Crude futures price down 0.11% to $65.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $61.16
10:09 Panama Canal signs agreement with Association of Soybean and Corn Producers of Mato Grosso
09:48 IMO is looking at safety aspects of on shore power supply to ships
09:34 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,150 points
09:03 Damen unveils Multi Cat Water Injection Dredger

2018 March 15

18:25 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
18:11 ICS releases latest Flag State Performance Table (with new criteria included)
18:05 Fincantieri will cooperate with Barzan Holdings
17:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2M’18 up 16% Y-o-Y to 2.32 million tonnes
17:35 Second Sanmar Voith Schneider Propeller tug joins sister in Israel
17:20 Throughput of port Vyborg up 19% to 197,800 tonnes in 2M’18
17:05 Seaspan acquires Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC
17:02 MABUX: global bunker market still in 'wait-and-see' mood
16:35 DP World announces strong financial results for 2017
16:16 Throughput of port Vysotsk down 5% to 3.06 million tonnes in 2M’18
16:05 ECSA and WSC call for the revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive to improve the efficiency of maritime transport
15:39 Port of Oakland imports up 14.9 percent in February 2018
15:31 Sanmar orders 42 Rolls-Royce thrusters
15:22 Coastal facilities and hydraulic engineering structures under FNPP project in Chukotka to be completed in August 2019
15:07 Port of Dover awards major contract for new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal
14:33 Yang Ming to launch new Japan-Malaysia-Vietnam direct service
14:11 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2M’18 down 32% Y-o-Y to 7.47 million tonnes
13:50 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 6% to 16.59 million tonnes in 2M'18
13:25 VARD secures contract for the construction of one fishing vessel for Remøybuen AS
13:12 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 11% to 9.01 million tonnes in 2M’18
12:30 Paweł Jakubowski appointed as President of Polskie LNG S.A. Management Board
11:45 Freeport of Riga is getting ready for new cruise ship season
11:44 MOL announces delivery of the Beluga Ace, 1st next-generation FLEXIE series car carrier
11:23 34 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 14-15
11:00 Bunker prices are going up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:38 Marine Recruiting Agency and Corporate University “Norilsk Nickel” take on joint educational project
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.05% to $64.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $61.03
09:49 Arctic Council will gather in Levi, Finland on 22-23 March 2018
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,169 points

2018 March 14

18:26 Port of Antwerp sets up maritime training institute in Brazil
18:06 Port of Oakland releases a new 5-year strategic plan
17:55 Baltic Workboats delivers ten more 15m Baltic wave piercing pilot boats to Denmark pilots stations
17:36 Fincantieri upgrades ultra-luxury cruise ship Silver Spirit