On Friday, December 10th, the contract for the redevelopment of the Frombork Fishing Port was officially signed. The modernization of the port is entirely financed from the state budget, namely from the investment funds of the Maritime Office in Gdynia. The contract is worth PLN 17 million, and DORACO has 20 months to complete the works.
“I am glad that this is another project implemented by the Maritime Office in Gdynia on the Vistula Lagoon. We want the ports of the Vistula Lagoon to develop along with the substantial investment that is the construction of a shipping canal through the Vistula Spit. Thanks to this investment, the inhabitants and the whole region will benefit,” said Grzegorz Witkowski, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure.
As a result of the reconstruction, the usable parameters of the port will be improved, including the acceptable payload and its deepening (from -1.5 m to -2.5 m).
“Thanks to the reconstruction, the hydrotechnical structure will be improved, which is currently in poor technical condition. The port basin will also be enlarged and deepened, which will increase the number of berths, the size of entering vessels, and enhance the safety of navigation,” said Wiesław Piotrzkowski, the director of the Maritime Office in Gdynia.
Safety conditions will also be ensured by replacing the equipment of the quays and the surface, rebuilding the slip, and providing development elements and technical infrastructure (including connections, lighting, hydrants).
“In Frombork, the city of Nicolaus Copernicus, and the medieval cathedral complex, the fishing harbor has both economic and tourist significance. The ‘new opening’ of the waters of the Vistula Lagoon after the navigation canal through the Vistula Spit is a great chance to increase tourist traffic, along with the passenger fleet. It attempts to get out of the pattern of one-day stays of tourists in our area, which has become almost a standard nowadays. The next step of development will be efforts to obtain external funding for the further development of the zone ‘B’ of the area of spa protection, the continuation of modernization of the breakwater, the so-called ‘old pier,’ or the creation of a marina for various vessel types, which would become a component and a natural complement of the western part of Frombork harbor,” said Frombork Mayor Zbigniew Pietkiewicz.
The reconstruction will cover the western quay, the eastern quay, the southern quay, the slip, the surface of the quay and its backup facilities, and the necessary water supply, sewage, and electrical installations.
Renovation works will concentrate on the eastern and western breakwaters (including replacing the surface, fenders, exit ladders, supplementing cap defects) and the shore band on the eastern and western sides. The expected volume of the dredging works will amount to approx. 7,250 m3.
“This is another hydro-engineering project in the DORACO portfolio. The experience of our staff in carrying out complicated projects in this field allows me to be confident about the success of this contract,” says Karol Zduńczyk, President of the Management Board of DORACO. “Within the scope of the works, we are planning, among other things, demolition, earth, hydro-technical, sanitary, and electrical works. This investment will improve the berthing conditions for vessels, the conditions for unloading and handling, and the protection of the port basin against excessive waves. The port infrastructure in Poland is developing, and we are proud again to have the pleasure of participating in this development.”