On July 31, 2018 has been selected an offer within the public procurement procedure for the design and execution of construction and dredging works regarding the investment under the name: Modernization of the Świnoujście – Szczecin fairway to a depth of 12.5 m. The entity selected for the implementation of the work is a Belgian-Dutch consortium Dredging International nv and Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors bv. They are two of the four largest companies in the world in this field.
In the middle of July this year Sweco Consulting became a contract engineer for the investment. As part of the signed contract, its task will be to supervise the proper implementation of the investment by the contractor, as well as to conduct environmental monitoring. In April this year the project has been approved by the European Commission.
The whole project includes the deepening of the Świnoujście – Szczecin track to 12.5 m on the section of approx. 62 km with its simultaneous widening to 100 m in the bottom and, among others, reconstruction (regulation) of bank slopes without reinforcements, leveling of the bottom in the Świnoujście zone (Piastowski and Mieliński channels), construction and reconstruction of bank fortifications and hydrotechnical constructions with adjoining infrastructure, deepening and widening of turntables for ships and construction of additional hydrotechnical constructions. The deadline to perform the contract is 42 months from the date of conclusion of the contract.
It is one of the largest marine infrastructure investments in Poland. It is also the largest investments in the history granted from the EU funds when it comes to the maritime sector in Poland . As repeatedly emphasized by the representatives of the maritime industry, the deepening of the fairway will improve even twice the handling capacity of the Szczecin seaport. It will be affected by ships with a greater draft, which will significantly affect its further development.
The construction works are about to start in the next year and are expected to last up to the third quarter of 2022.