The halfway point in the works on the Vistula Spit canal has been passed. “There are no reasons why the works will be delayed in any way,” declared Andrzej Adamczyk, the Minister of Infrastructure.
Adamczyk reminded that recently an agreement was signed for the second stage of works, which will mainly consist of unblocking the navigation route to Elbląg. “We have passed the halfway point of works on the Vistula Spit canal. There is no reason why there would be any delay in the work,” the politician said.
– On the Spit itself, engineering works are ongoing. We have already come out of the ground, all the reinforced concrete structures, bridges, swing bridges, the lock – have taken on a very real shape, the canal walls have been boarded up and concreted over – enumerated Minister Adamczyk.
As he pointed out, the administration’s current efforts are aimed at making “the cross-section of the Vistula Spit, this transport route to Elbląg, become feasible in 2023”.
The first phase of construction of the Vistula Spit Shipping Canal began in October 2019. Construction is proceeding on schedule. It is expected to be completed by mid-2022. The general contractor is the Polish-Belgian consortium NDI/Besix. The investor is the Maritime Office in Gdynia.
The total length of the new waterway from the Gdansk Bay through the Vistula Lagoon to Elblag is nearly 23 km, of which approx. 2.5 km is the section comprising a lock and external harbour and a berth. The canal and the entire waterway will be 5m deep.