The region offers favourable conditions for the development of maritime sector:
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A good network of transport links with other regions and abroad:
• International Transport Corridor I A (Helsinki - Tallinn - Ryga - Kaliningrad - Gdańsk), which is a part of Transport Corridor I (Helsinki-Tallinn-Riga-Kaunas-Warszawa),
• International Transport Corridor IV (Gdańsk –Katowice –Zylina) connecting Scandinavia and the central part of Eastern Europe with Mediterranean Sea,
• a road network of international and national links connecting the region with Southern Europe via Slovakia ( E-75, E-77), Eastern Europe via Kaliningrad( DK- 22), Western Europe via Germany ( E-28),
• A1 Highway that will connect Tri-city with the south of Poland and Europe.
• direct international connections Tri-city Berlin, Prague, Kaliningrad.
• Gdansk International Airport Tri-city (flight connections to Warsaw, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg and London),
• an extended cargo flight network (Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Copenhagen, London, Southern London).
• Gdynia –Karsklona – one of the most important European transport links on the North – South axis,
• convenient connection with The Baltic ports (ferry connections, container connections, ro - ro connections) Trelleborg, Nynashamn and Copenhagen.
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The region’s contribution to Poland’s maritime sector:
• a cluster of businesses operating in maritime sector - 52,6% of the total
• employment in the maritime sector - 57%
• international cargo handling - 61,4 %
• transit cargo handling - 77,3 %
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The biggest port facilities in the Baltic Sea area:
Gdansk Sea Port:
• handling of all types of vessels and cargo: general and bulk,
• warehousing area – 106 300 sq m,
• storage area – 548 000 sq m,
• cargo handling capacity over 50 mln tonnes,
• suitable facilities to handle large vessels,
• the main cargo: liquid fuels ( 47% of the total).
• the main asset – Baltic Container Terminal;
• the high specialisation in container handling; the terminal handles about 83% of the total number of container carried to Poland by sea.
Smaller ports (fishing and passenger/ferry): Ustka, Łeba, Władysławowo, Jastarnia, Hel, Puck, 2 ports w Krynicy Morskiej.
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Planned and completed port infrastructure investment:
• the Gas Maritime Terminal in Gdansk Port,
• extension and modernisation of existing loading and storing terminals in the port,
• planned privatisation of General Cargo Terminal, Baltic General Cargo Base; and Gdynia Shipping & Port Company,
• privatisation of Baltic General Cargo Terminal, Port Technical Company Ltd.,
• construction of a new ferry terminal in Port of Gdynia.
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Good R&D base and vocational training:
• Maritime Academy,
• Polish Naval Academy,
• The Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology at Gdansk University of Technology,
• Academy of Fine Arts ( Faculty of Ship Design & Naval Architecture),
• Gdynia Maritime School,
• a gear number of high schools and vocational schools.
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Maritime industry as a priority sector in ‘Regional Development Strategy’:
• regional authorities’ support for innovative solutions in traditional sectors: fishery, shipbuilding and shipping industry,
• support for SMEs providing services to maritime sector,
• development and modernisation of infrastructure.