Port of Gdansk overhauls its quays
In 2020, the Port of Gdansk will gain an expanded and modernised Oliwskie Quay. It is one of the elements of the investment programme co-financed from EU funds. Seven potential contractors tendered, the Port Authority said in a press release.
The announced tender involves the expansion and conversion of the Oliwskie Quay, the Zakretu Pieciu Gwizdkow Quay, and the Ziolkowskiego Quay along with the former ferry base of Polferries at the Port of Gdansk. The quays function as housing of the west bank of the Port Canal in Gdansk near Westerplatte. Quays with a total length of nearly 1,200 m will be modernised.
Seven entities have submitted bids for the tender. Four consortia: 1. Roverpool and Cyes Maritime Works; 2. Strabag and Ed. Zueblin A.G.; 3. NDI Spółka Akcyjna; 4. Soletanche Polska with Soletanche Bachy International S.A.S.) and three enterprises (Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisiti, Budimex, and Korporacja Budowlana DORACO). The investment will be carried out in stages, so that the quays can remain in use. The potential contractors have declared that the work will take between 102 and 110 weeks from the moment of signing the agreement.
"Work co-financed from CEF is our priority. Firstly, because thanks to these funds, we can complete a large-scale investment, and secondly, because they have a non-extendible completion date. We are starting a huge modernisation and conversion programme, thanks to which the Port is to become the key communication hub on the south shore of the Baltic Sea," explained Lukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the Port of Gdansk Authority.
The work includes construction work on the quays, construction of waterworks and sewage pipelines, demolition work, and water construction work. 85% of the funds for the expansion of the Oliwskie Quay come from the resources of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). In total, the Port intends to spend about PLN 1 billion on investments by 2020.
The primary commodity group transshipped at the Oliwskie Quay is cereals. Vessels carrying general cargo and Ro-Ro ships are also handled there. Its chief asset is convenient connections with the road, rail and waterway networks.