The wharf at the Port of Gdańsk is currently Budimex’s largest construction project, and it is the first time the company has cooperated with SSAB.
“And definitely not the last time, I believe,” Michalski says. “If we have similar projects in the future, we will surely consider cooperation with SSAB.”
When Keller completes its part of the project in two months, Budimex will continue with steel and concrete work, followed by the installation of cranes and other harbor equipment.
At the same time, the canal will be dredged and deepened from current three to five meters (10 to 16 feet) to 11.5 meters (38 feet), which will enable cargo ships up to 250 meters (820 feet) long to enter the harbor. The wharf will be universal, fit for every type of cargo.
The new 1,220-meter-long (4,000-foot-long) wharf is scheduled to become operational in 2020, and it will enable further development of the Port of Gdańsk.
“We are currently number four on the Baltic Sea, with 49.1 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, an advance from number six only two years ago,” says Agata Kupracz, a press spokesperson for the Port of Gdańsk. “And with this new wharf and the next ones we hope to jump up on the podium, maybe by next year.”