Seaports in Northwest Poland handle record levels of cargo in 2017

The seaports of Szczecin and Swinoujscie (northwestern Poland) trans-shipped a record 25.4 million tonnes of goods last year, port authorities announced on Tuesday.

Dariusz Slaboszewski, the CEO of ZMPSS, the state-controlled company which runs both seaports, called this "a historic, biggest-ever result, unprecedented for the ports of Szczecin and Swinoujscie."

The official noted the universal character of both facilities, with trans-shipment levels having grown "for most types of goods" in 2017. 

Among them, ore shipments rose the fastest, by 59 percent, with fuels and small-sized cargo also handled on a notably larger scale than before. Trans-shipment of containers, meanwhile, grew by 3 percent.

Both seaports are seeking to expand, with PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 360 million) being spent on investments under the European Union's current budget, for the period 2014-2020.

For example, the fairway between the two ports is to be modernised and deepened to 12.5 metres, the wharfs suitably modified, the Liquefied Natural Gas terminal furnished with a new gas-distribution station and new deep-water wharfs built in Swinoujscie.

Other projects, such as the expansion on the S3 expressway, should also make the two seaports more competitive, port authorities emphasised.  

Szczecin and Swinoujscie are expected to handle still more cargo this year - 26 million tonnes.