On 14 October this year at the Port of Szczecin, there was an informational meeting at which works progress connected with the ‘Improvement of access to the Port in Szczecin in the region of the Kaszuby Basin,’ whose general contractor is DORACO was discussed. At present, the works were completed in 30% in terms of material progress and 23.5% in financial terms.
From entering the construction site last year, the works started simultaneously at several worksites envisaged to be performed in the first stage. They include: the reconstruction of the Chorzowskie and Gliwicki Uskok Wharves, works related to the landing at the Notecki Basin and construction of the new Zamykające Wharf, construction of the new Dąbrowieckie Wharf along with a dolphin wharf, corner casing at Ostrów Mieleński and the Mieleńska Łąka Islands, as well as partial dredging works at the wharves of the Kaszuby Basin to a depth of 12.5 m. At this stage, approx. four hundred meters of wharves will be modernized, and the same number of new ones created.
It is significant that from the perspective of safety, the dredging works are preceded by surveys and works consisting in cleaning the bottom to remove ferromagnetic substances. The bottom in the region of the Basin was examined and 40% cleaned to remove ferromagnetic materials.
More than 3,000 tonnes of tight sheet piling walls were delivered to the investment site to perform the tasks, which accounts for 100% of the needs, and 400 pipes (3,100 tonnes), representing 70% of the requirements.
The whole shore casing was executed on the Dąbrowieckie Wharf utilizing a combined, tight wall. The entire pile system planned was also embedded in the ground. Reinforcement and concreting works on the wharf board are underway. At the wharf, dredging works are in progress, allowing the construction of a dolphin wharf. Output from the dredging works is put aside in the Notecki Basin.
Furthermore, on the Chorzowskie Wharf, sections 7-13, walls of the existing wharf and other infrastructure elements to the third track were demolished. The whole temporary shore casing made from a combined, tight sheet pile wall together with temporary backfilling is completed. Works related to the burial of the target sheet pile wall are underway.
Concerning the Gliwickie-Uskok Wharf, the existing surface material was demolished, and a new pile wall was made. Preparatory works aimed at anchoring it in the ground using micropiles are in progress and next the reconstruction of the Uskok surface will be undertaken.
Around the Notecki Basin, the existing surface is being demolished. Works connected with setting the sanitary sewage systems are continued. Approx. 40% of the new sheet pile wall closing the basin was dug in the ground.
With regard to Ostrów Mieleński and the Mieleńska Łąka Islands, their corners are being secured and encased. Existing greenery colliding with the wall was removed. Works related to the burial of the wall on the corner of the Ostrów Mieleński Island are underway.
Let’s remind that within the framework of the project DORACO will reconstruct around 1,000 meters of wharves (Chorzowskie, Chorzowskie Uskok, Gliwickie Uskok, Katowickie), and more than 400 meters of completely new wharves will be constructed at Dąbrowieckie and Zamykające. The Kaszuby Basin will be deepened assuring maneuvering basins for ships to a technical depth of 12.5m. The bottom of the Chorzowskie Uskok Wharf at the ro-ro ramp will be reinforced with a so-called gabion mattress. The project will be complemented by works related to reconstructing railway and road systems and modernization of the following network systems: water supply, sewage, power, and teletechnical. The completion of the works is scheduled for Q3 2023.
The project “Improvement of Access to the Port in Szczecin in the Region of the Kaszuby Basin” is co-financed from funds of the European Union from the Cohesion Fund within the framework of the Infrastructure and the Environment operational program (POIiŚ). The cost of the works is nearly PLN 223 million. The investor of the project is the Zarząd Morskich Portów Szczecin i Świnoujście S.A., the General Contractor is the Building Corporation DORACO Sp. z o.o., and SMCE Europe Sp. z o.o. supervises the project.