Journalists of the Baltic Sea Publicists’ Club was on the construction of the channel to the Elbląg Sea Port. The canal makes the passage to the ports of Elbląg, Frombork and Tolkmicko independent. Ships and yachts will not have to cross the waters belonging to the Russian Federation in the region of Kalinigrad (Strait of Pilawa). The work progress is around 90 percent. Advanced in time: 80 percent and the time advance is about 5 percent – informed Mariusz Janczewski – deputy project director in the NDI/Besix consortium.
– The investment includes the construction of protective harbour from the side of the Gulf of Gdańsk, the construction of a shipping channel with a lock and the construction of closures together with waiting stations from the side of the Gulf of Gdańsk and the Vistula Lagoon, a new road system with movable steel bridges rotating around a vertical axis, which will allow passage over the channel in front of the lock and behind the lock; and the construction of an artificial island located in the Vistula Lagoon – informed Magdalena Kierzkowska – press spokesman/assistant to the director of the Maritime Office in Gdynia.
On October 18, 2019, the Maritime Office in Gdynia handed over to the Contractor – a consortium of N.V. Besix SA, NDI S.A. and NDI Sp.z o.o. – the area where works will be carried out as a part of the first stage of construction of a waterway connecting the Vistula Lagoon with the Gulf of Gdańsk. The contract will be implemented over 32 months – informed NDI.
– There is a protective port behind the breakwater. The port is on the side of the Baltic Sea – the Gulf of Gdańsk. The port will be able to receive ships at two quays. Ships will be moored there, in front of the lock. Vessels with a draft of 5 meters will pass through the canal.
In the port, ships have water and food supplies. It will be possible to change the crew here. Such activities can be carried out in the port before entering the channel. Merchant ships, service ships, as well as passenger ships and yachts will be able to moor in the port. It is a standard seaport from the Baltic Sea.
The shipping channel will be 1-kilometre-long and six-metre-deep. Ultimately, it is to enable vessels with a draft of up to 4 metres, length up to 100 metres and width up to 20 metres to enter the port of Elbląg. The construction of the channel through the Vistula Spit is to be completed in 2022. The investor is the Maritime Office in Gdynia. The implementation time from the date of signing the contract is 32 months. The investment is located within two voivodeships – Pomeranian Voivodeship and Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. The following elements of the project are located within the borders of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, in the Sztutowo and Krynica Morska commune: the construction of a shipping channel through the Vistula Spit, the construction of a waterway in the northern part of the Vistula Lagoon (the border of the voivodeships passes through the centre of the Vistula Lagoon) and the construction of an artificial island. Within the borders of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, the southern part of the waterway in the Vistula Lagoon is located in the commune of Tolkmicko, and the waterway on the Elbląg River with adjacent land areas are located within the Elbląg commune and the city of Elbląg.
The information was provided by: Wojciech Żurawski – chief inspector for the Elbląg Delegation of the Maritime Office in Gdynia; Mariusz Janczewski – deputy project director in the NDI / Besix consortium; Paweł Perkowski – coordinator for the Nowy Świat Captain’s Office in the Maritime Office in Gdynia, who is the investor of the entire project; Magdalena Skorupka-Kaczmarek – representative of the NDI company for contact with the media; Magdalena Kierzkowska – press spokesman / assistant to the director of the Maritime Office in Gdynia.