Polish port’s plan is green at heart
A port authority in Poland has unveiled the biggest infrastructure programme it has ever undertaken, with environmental considerations and green energy at its heart.
Speaking at the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia on 11 October, Adam Meller, president of the Port of Gdynia Authority’s managing board, said the plans include dredging the port so it can accommodate larger vessels. Also on the agenda is reconstructing wharfs and a complete replacement of the port’s railway system, with renewable alternatives being examined such as hydrogen powered trains.
Mr Meller pointed out the port’s priority of limiting air emissions. “This is of exceptional significance in the case of Port of Gdynia, because of our very close proximity to the city centre. Our goal is to ensure that the incoming vessels limit their exhaust emissions to the minimum,” he explained.
He said the port offers an LNG bunkering service and is focusing on developing shoreside power.
Offshore wind goal
Poland aspires to become one of the biggest centres in Europe for offshore wind, turbo-charging billions of Euros of investment, delegates at the event heard.
In total 13 windfarm projects are under consideration in Poland’s Baltic Sea territory with an ambition to generate 25% of Poland’s energy by offshore wind by 2040.
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