First regular shipping service for new ferry terminal in Port of Gdynia
After several months of tests and preparations, the new Public Ferry Terminal in the Port of Gdynia has been officially put into operation. The Gdynia-Karlskrona ro-pax line has become its first regular shipping line. Due to its larger dimensions and capacity, the new facility can handle one of the largest ferries in the Baltic Sea.
On the evening of Friday, 17 June 2022, the Stena Spirit ferry departed from Gdynia towards the Swedish port of Karlskrona. For the first time, Stena Line, the Sweden-headquartered shortsea specialist that has been providing ferry connections to and from Gdynia for many years, used the berth of the new Public Ferry Terminal in the Polish port, which was completed in September 2021. This will allow the Swedish shipping company to intensify the ferry traffic in the Baltic Sea.
“The transfer of Stena Line’s operations to the Public Ferry Terminal in Gdynia allows us to deploy much larger vessels. The new terminal has a much longer quay than the current one, which enables vessels up to 240 metres long, such as E-Flexer class ships, to be moored there. The first of them, Stena Estelle, will start running from Gdynia this summer,” noted Marek Kiersnowski, the managing director of Stena Line Polska. His company is planning to introduce two E-Flexer class ro-pax ferries, which have a doubled capacity compared to the existing types of vessels, on the route between Gdynia and Karlskrona due to the growing demand for transport in the Baltic Sea region. Each E-Flexer vessel will be able to carry up to 1,200 passengers and up to 3,600 meters of freight.
Being Poland’s major gateway for ferry shipping lines, the Port of Gdynia is highly interested in developing a dedicated terminal. Therefore, the construction of the new Public Ferry Terminal began in October 2019. The project is worth around 292 million zloty (around 64 million euros), of which almost 117 million zloty (about 26 million euros) was co-financed by the European Union.
“The construction of the Public Ferry Terminal is the largest investment in the Port of Gdynia for nearly 50 years. The new Public Ferry Terminal makes it possible to handle much larger passenger ferries while increasing the port’s handling capacity in terms of ro-ro and ferry services. After months of testing and preparation, we meet the highest safety standards in the Baltic Sea basin. Thanks to this, the Port of Gdynia is competitive in the Baltic Sea region and meets the market expectations through planned investments,” explained Kazimierz Koralewski, vice-president of the Port of Gdynia Authority.