It is the anniversary of the opening of the shipping canal through the Vistula Spit. How do these types of investments emphasize the attractiveness of our region and influence the development of the maritime industry in Pomerania? Editor Tomasz Klinger talked about this topic with Andrzej Bojanowski, president of the Gdańsk International Fair, and Professor Marek Grzybowski, president of the Baltic Maritime and Space Cluster.
Prof. Marek Grzybowski: For the region of Warmia and Mazury and the surrounding towns located on the Vistula Lagoon, the shipping canal is like the Via Baltica route. This channel opened their way to the world, giving them the opportunity to develop their business and commercial activities in various directions. It also provided opportunities for social development. The Vistula Spit shipping canal, connecting it with the Bay of Gdańsk and the Baltic Sea, is located – as I would like to emphasize – on the short-sea shipping waterway leading from Gibraltar to the White Sea. Therefore, the ports and the region of Warmia and Mazury have received an investment that ensures direct contact with the global environment. They can develop short sea shipping with various ports, not only in the Baltic Sea region, but also with ports of the European Union.
President Andrzej Bojanowski drew attention to the development of the maritime industry in Pomerania and the upcoming first edition of the Baltexpo Fair. It is very important to note that local governments saw a role, already quite significant, when it comes to the maritime industry and the entire maritime economy. This is evidenced by the fact that we have intelligent specialization in the Pomeranian Marshal’s Office. The city of Gdańki and the local government of the Pomeranian Voivodeship acquired ownership rights to the BALTEXPO fair. It is worth saying that this is the first edition of the BALTEXPO fair, which will be organized by us, the inhabitants of Gdańsk and Pomeranians.