Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority has invited bids from companies interested in developing the deepwater container terminal in Świnoujście, Poland.
The port authority has set the bid submission deadline at 28th January as it intends to select the land lease holder and future operator of the terminal by end of the first quarter 2021.
Krzysztof Urbaś, head of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, commented:”We have created a general framework for the development project of deepwater container terminal in Świnoujście, which aims to achieve handling capacity of at least 2 million TEU per year.
“We expect that the interested party will provide detailed terminal concept. The selected entity will develop the terminal on the land reclaimed on the Pomeranian Bay, in accordance with our general concept. The winner of the process will have to minimize the impact of terminal activities on the nature and the environment, both during the construction and later operation of the terminal. It is supposed to be a “green terminal”.
The deepwater container terminal in Świnoujście is part of the Polish government’s “Program for the development of seaports until year 2030”, adopted for implementation last year. Such activities are to consolidate the position of our ports in the Baltic Sea area and create key nodes of global supply chains for Central and Eastern Europe. The investment is also in line with the EU’s Europe 2020 Strategy. Its main assumption is the creation of modernized, intelligent and integrated transport infrastructure networks.
Via the A11 and A20 motorways, the port complex is connected to the European motorway system and via the S3 national road (E-65) with southern Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, there are further connections to southern Europe.
It is also hoped that the ferry and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) terminal in Świnoujście may become one of the most important centres for handling Scandinavian cargo imported by seagoing ships from various continents, including Far East.
An additional opportunity may be the immediate vicinity of the LNG terminal, with a growing number of ships, including large container vessels using LNG as a fuel, especially in SECA area.
The possibility of bunkering fuel during handling operations from the neighbourhood terminal may become a serious incentive to choose Świnoujście as a port of regular calls, added the port authority.