Construction of a multimodal transshipment hub in the port of Szczecin with EU funding

2024/01/24 at 5:15 PM

The European Union from the CEF2027 program will partially co-finance the construction of a multimodal railway transshipment hub at Ostrów Grabowski in the port of Szczecin.

The Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority received the CEF-T-2023-MILMOB-WORKS Adaptation of the TEN-T to civilian-defense dual use grant covering 50 percent of eligible investment costs, i.e. EUR 4,351,923.86, or PLN 19,583,653 . The total cost of the project is EUR 8,975,539.99, i.e. PLN 40,389,000, of which the total value of eligible costs is EUR 8,703,847.71.

The investment covers two tasks. The first is the construction of a reloading yard with high load-bearing capacity in the hinterland of the Fińskie and Norweskie quays in the port of Szczecin, in the vicinity of the newly built, fully electrified track system in Ostrów Grabowski. The second one will involve the reconstruction of the existing Ro-Ro ramp at the Spółdzielcze-Fińskie quay, enabling the servicing of larger Ro-Ro ships through a widened unloading ramp to 30 m and an increased technical depth to 12.5 m in the Dębicki Canal. The task will enable, among others: service, including reloading of heavy vehicles and military equipment.

The effect of the first task will be the possibility of parallel operation of two block trains with a length of 750 m each and ensuring, in the near future, access to the railway infrastructure located in the hinterland of the Norwegian and Finnish quays. Additionally, renovation or replacement of the rainwater pretreatment system is planned. It is also planned to build a fence along plot 4/9, thus establishing a new protected area of the port. The square planned for construction will occupy approximately 27,900 square meters, and the approximate size of the square in the plan is a maximum of 486 x 65 m. The scope of investment activities also includes the modernization of the remaining length of the existing transhipment square (depot) adjacent to the railway sidings and the construction of a road connecting these yards with a quay and storage yards for containers and heavy items. The railway siding will only handle so-called loads. general cargo, reloaded from the Norwegian, Finnish and Spółdzielcze quays – Ro-Ro ramp. Due to the construction of a hardened square, the existing rain ditches in this area are being eliminated. Rainwater and meltwater will be collected through the designed stormwater drainage system. Purified rainwater (sand settling tank, petroleum substance separator) will be discharged through the existing WD-57 outlet in accordance with the conditions of the water permit.

The second investment task will enable the servicing of the largest Ro-Ro ships that can call at the port of Szczecin (Loa = 240 m, B = 32.3, T = 11.0 m), equipped with wide unloading frames. The ramp structure will be rebuilt, strengthened and widened to 30 m, enabling the reloading of heavy, oversized vehicles as well as military vehicles and equipment.

The main technical assumptions of the project assume dual use of the ro-ro ramp and the transhipment yard for civilian and military purposes. The transshipment yard will be located in the immediate vicinity of the ro-ro transshipment ramp at the Finskie Quay. Both elements of the infrastructure will be used for both civilian and military purposes. 

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