An expansion of Port of Gdansk’s Polnocne Quay, one of the largest projects ever carried out by the Polish port, has gone to tender.
The Port of Gdansk Authority (PGA) is looking for a contractor after completing its project documentation, including the construction design prepared as part of the project co-financed from the European Commission’s TEN-T programme.
Two Polish investments have secured the subsidies granted by the TEN-T programme, with one subsidy worth over US$ 23 million (€20 million) going to the Port of Gdansk, and the other $70.5 million (€60.55 million) to the Polish railway infrastructure manager Polskie Linie Kolejowe.
The remaining funds for the construction come from the PGA’s own budget, with the total cost of the investment estimated at about $109 million.
With the deadline for submissions until the end of July, work will start this year and end in 2020.
The Polnocne Quay construction requires a parking section of the quay with bottom reinforcement, a universal section of the quay with infrastructure, a Ro-Ro ramp, and a transshipment section of the quay along with infrastructure and a closing section.
In addition, the project demands the demolition of some existing structures in the area of the silting field, dredging, construction of the quay infrastructure with external networks, and obtaining the occupancy permit.
Lukasz Greinke, President of the PGA, said: “The expanded Polnocne Quay will be used primarily for Ro-Ro transshipments.
“We are witnessing rapid growth in this area, particularly in the transshipments of commercial vehicles.
“Compared to 2016, the year 2017 ended with a result better by 400%. Our task is to adjust the infrastructure to the needs and development of the market.”
Out of 68 applicants, the European Commission chose to support 39 projects from the programme, with Poland coming 5th among the competing countries in terms of the amount of subsidies granted.
Jowita Zielinkiewicz, Head of the Department of Innovation and Fund Acquisition at the PGA, said: “Even though the first recruitment for CEF Blending was a pilot one with a rather complicated structure, our application for the programme was a success, thanks to which the project received a 20% subsidy from the EU.”