Gdynia will be an installation port for Polish wind farms in the Baltic Sea. It is a huge offshore wind energy project that is one of the epochal infrastructure projects. Hence, the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. in view of the development of the offshore industry in Poland, become a member of the WindEurope organization associating over 400 members in 30 countries, thus creating the largest organization related to the offshore industry in the world. Among the members there are European ports where elements of offshore wind farms are handled. Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. makes every effort to become the first Polish port on the world offshore map.
Polish offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea have a chance to play a key role in Poland’s energy transformation in a low-carbon economy, contribute to guaranteeing the country’s energy security and help in the decarbonisation process. Offshore wind farms are to be the main driving force behind the development of green energy in Poland in the next two decades. The seaport in Gdynia is the closest port (from the east) to the maritime areas in the Polish coastal zone intended for the location of offshore wind farms. The location of the logistics support for the elements for the construction of offshore wind farms (OWF) in Gdynia meets the necessary requirements for this type of facilities – DOWNVInD (Distant Offshore Windfarms with No Visual Impact in Deepwater).
In addition, the Port of Gdynia conducts research aimed at the development of the offshore sector, in particular regarding the possibility of establishing a back-up facility for servicing elements for the construction of offshore wind farms, and actively participates in the creation of local facilities covering the communes of Kosakowo, Rumia and the city and commune of Gdynia (in 2019, letter of intent on cooperation). The Port of Gdynia is an universal modern port specializing in handling general cargo, mainly unitized cargo transported in containers and in a ro-ro system, based on the well-developed network of multimodal connections including hinterland, regular Short Sea Shipping Lines as well as ferry connections (ferry terminal) . The Port of Gdynia is an important link in the Corridor VI of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Photo: Marek Grzybowski