Logistics Valley: Port of Gdynia plans new hinterland terminal

2021/09/13 at 9:15 AM

An economic zone is to be established in the vicinity of the Port of Gdynia in the Kosakowo commune, the aim of which will be the development of companies from the logistics and industrial sectors. Among other things, an intermodal terminal is planned in this area. The tender procedure for a feasibility study for the Logistic Valley project has started.

The Port of Gdynia Authority (PGA) has started the procedure to select a contractor for a study that will define a development plan, a development concept and a preliminary feasibility study for the planned investment. The PGA is the investor of the project, which was initiated by the city governments of Gdynia, Rumia, Reda, Wejherowo and the communal authorities of Kosakowo and Wejherowo. The initial concept of the project was developed under the “NORDA – North Pole of Growth” project financed by the Norwegian Funds.

Necessary measure

The hinterland infrastructure expansion plan is a response to the issue of limited accessibility of investment sites within the port area in Gdynia. This is due to the port’s location in the very centre of the city. As it is indicated in the tender documentation, it is a barrier to the further development of the port and to the construction of hinterland for port-related services, including the construction of modern transport and logistics facilities. The solution to this problem is therefore the preparation of investment sites in the Kosakowo commune in the areas close to the Port of Gdynia and connected with it by road and railway.

Illustrive image. Gdynia Port freight station, source: Damian Strzemkowski, Szymon Danielek / PKP PLK

Within the preparation of the study, the strategic, technical, environmental and financial analyses of the project are to be carried out. The document has to present at least four different variants of the development, including staging. The contractor will also present the concept of the development plans for the Logistics Valley.

In the area of the planned economic zone, a logistics service centre, including warehouse investments, open-air and industrial warehouses, offices, a public intermodal terminal, a central car park, a depot, and an appropriate transport infrastructure are to be built.

New terminal

The key element of the Logistics Valley will be a new hinterland intermodal terminal, which is to ensure transhipment and short-term storage of cargo. According to the tender documentation, the facility is to tackle issues related to rail handling of increasing port shipments and increase the capacity in the port terminals. As a result, it will contribute to a better use of space in the port. All facilities included in the Logistics Valley will meet the requirements of the TEN-T network. The Logistics Valley will occupy an area of 260 hectares in the south-eastern part of the Kosakowo commune, at the junction with the borders of Gdynia and Rumia.

The selection of the contractor will be determined by the criteria of price and experience. Offers can be submitted until 19 October 2021.

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