Port of Gdynia launches new ferry terminal
Port of Gdynia, the second-largest harbour in Poland, has officially completed one of the most significant infrastructure projects in its almost centennial history. The Public Ferry Terminal was opened for regular operations last week. With launching the new transhipment facility, the Port of Gdynia Authority created more opportunities for the development of ro-ro and ferry services on the Baltic Sea and in Poland particularly.
The launching ceremony of a new public ferry terminal in the Port of Gdynia took place on Tuesday, 23 September. It coincided with the 99th anniversary of the Polish port. With opening the terminal for the regular services, the Port of Gdynia Authority finished one of the most important investments within the last years – around 292 million zloty or around 64 million euros.
“The construction of the Public Ferry Terminal is the largest investment in the Port of Gdynia for nearly 50 years. It will contribute to handling more ferries and will facilitate the manoeuvring of 240-metre-long ferries. The time related to the ship’s call to the port will shorten, the time from the start of the mooring to the departure of the vessel from the port will not exceed 120 minutes,” said Jacek Sadaj, President of the Board of the Port of Gdynia Authority. Furthermore, the new facility will reduce the port’s carbon foothold as it is equipped with an onshore power supply system that allows to power ferries when mooring.
The Public Ferry Terminal in the Port of Gdynia was constructed in two years, starting from laying a cornerstone in October 2019, by the DORACO Construction Corporation, the leading Polish contractor. During the construction works, it used 280 tonnes of reinforcing steel, 330 tonnes of steel structure and around 4,500 cubic metres of concrete. “The investment was carried out on a very large area (over 6 hectares), which required DORACO to efficiently coordinate the activities of over 200 specialists from all of the above-mentioned industries,” added Karol Zduńczyk, CEO of the DORACO Construction Corporation.