Port of Świnoujście upgrades ferry terminal for handling containers
Świnoujście, a major Polish port in Western Pomerania, is working on the transformation of its ferry terminal. The facility will be adapted to operations with containers in 2022. Within the modernisation project, a new quay will be built as well as the new equipment will be supplied to the terminal.
The growth of intermodal transport in Poland forces the local seaports to develop their infrastructure. While Gdańsk and Gdynia, the two country’s largest harbours, are focused on the construction of the deep-water facilities, the medium-sized ports like Świnoujście mainly retrofit the existing capacities to the new requirements. Currently, the modernisation works are undergoing at the ferry terminal in Świnoujście. Their main goal is to modify the existing facilities for handling containers. The project, which is worth 185 million zloty, is funded by the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority with support from CEF Connecting Europe, EU’s key financial instrument for investing in transport, energy and digitalisation.
Works in details
The modernisation project features several improvements. First of all, the old warehouses, the loading ramp and the equipment were removed from quays no. 5 and 6 of the terminal. Afterwards, the two berths will be combined into one 294-metre-long mooring line. To this end, more than 1,000 metal piles will be embedded in the ground for the construction of the new quay. The parking area for 170 trucks will be also built. Moreover, the railway tracks that run to the terminal will be replaced with the new ones and will be equipped with new signalling. The port authority will purchase the dedicated equipment to move containers including trucks, tractor units, container platforms etc.