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POLAND: Port of Gdańsk
The Ministry of Development, and the Ministry of Maritime and Inland Navigation are currently working with the Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdańsk S.A. (ZMPG), the management company of the Port of Gdańsk on implementing the Central Port strategy for the development of the Gdańsk port by 2027. Last week ZMPG announced the first tender for the technical blueprint of this project. ZMPG, with the help of the Ministries is also currently seeking a private sector partner for this undertaking. Construction works are planned to begin in 2020, while the cost of this project is estimated at PLN 6-9 million. Furthermore, ZMPG announced the tender for the preparation of a feasibility study for the utilisation of the Vistula river between Warsaw and Gdańsk.
The efforts undertaken by the ZMPG are part of the government’s strategy of modernising and utilising Polish inland navigation routes. Mid-2017, the government signed off on a strategy according to which, by 2030 the said part of the Vistula river, and the entire length of the Oder river are to become inland navigation routes compliant with class IV standards of the TNT network. The aim of these measures is to develop Polish rivers in order to increase hydrological security, as well as, to unload some of the current road transport. The government hopes that together will the Central Communication Hub, which was announced last year, the waterway investments will allow Poland to increase its role as a communication and logistics hub in Central and Eastern Europe.