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    Official opening of the canal via the Vistula Spit on 17 September. It’s an extraordinarily symbolic date

    The official opening of the ship channel by the Vistula Spit will take place on September 17 this year – said the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Marek Gróbarczyk, during a press conference on Tuesday. This will be another anniversary of the Russian attack on Poland.

    “On 17 September the canal will be opened (via Vistula Spit – editor’s note) and the first ships will sail on it,” Gróbarczyk said.

     

    He added that it was a special investment that was groundbreaking.

     

    The trench of the Vistula Spit Canal includes the construction of a harbour on the side of Gdańsk Bay, a ship canal with a lock and locking structure and with docks on the side of Gdańsk Bay and the Vistula Lagoon, a new road system with swing bridges and the construction of an artificial island in the lagoon.

     

    The total length of the new waterway from Gdańsk Bay via the Vistula Spit to Elbląg is about 23 km, of which about 2.5 km is the section that will consist of a lock, an outer harbour, and docks. The canal and the entire channel will be 5 m deep.

     

    On 17 September, we celebrate World Sybirak’s Day. It coincides with the anniversary of the Russian attack on Poland, which took place on September 17, 1939. On this day, the fate of those exiled to Siberia is commemorated throughout Poland. This is a special date for the Sybiraks (the exiled Poles to Syberia – editor’s note) and Kresowiaks (the exiled citizens of the borderland of Poland – editor’s note), it is a symbol of their lives, a way to remember their tragedy and their destiny.

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