Former shipyard grounds for sale

Former shipyard grounds for sale

The Polish Naval Shipyard put up for sale nearlyseven hectares of the eastern portion of its grounds with access to the basin. The asking price for the land with the buildings and infrastructure is PLN 85 million. Investors may submit their bids until May 11 of this year.

The grounds, which have been put up for sale by the Shipyard Management Board are located in the vicinity of 48 Śmidowicza Street adjacent to basin No. 9 within the Gdynia seaport. The direct access to the basin, could be a competitive advantage in operating a business from this site. The Shipyard Management Board is looking for entrepreneurs who would be interested in operating a business from these premises. In the opinion of the current owners, a variety of business operations can be run from the site, for instance manufacturing, port-related business, or rental of office space.

The asking price of the real estate with the direct access to the sea is PLN 85 million net. Interested parties tendering bids need to supply a guarantee equivalent to 10% of the offered price. The price offered is the sole criterion for selection.
The buyer will take over the right of perpetual usufruct to the land together with the right to ownership of the buildings and the infrastructure located on the property. The property includes office buildings, warehouses as well as energy supply and road infrastructure.
The Naval Shipyard plans to invest the revenue from the sale of the grounds in a construction of a new manufacturing facility and to relocate those of the manufacturing stages that are currently being carried out at the most remote sites, which will result in the shortening of the manufacturing process.

A new intersection

A new intersection

A redevelopment is underway of a layout of intersecting roads, found to be confusing for drivers:Tadeusza Wendy Street, Węglowa Street, Portowa and Św. Piotra Street in Gdynia. A four-way intersection controlled by traffic signals will be constructed at this site.

The redevelopment of the road layout is linked to the investments which are being conducted in the neighbourhood – Portova and a building in Św. Piotra Street implemented by Invest Komfort and PB Górski developers. The existing road layout has been causing many problems for drivers. The new road layout aims to simplify movement of vehicles in that area. The existing road layout along with technical infrastructure will undergo an overhaul. A new four-way intersection controlled by traffic signals will be constructed at this site. The road layout will also be redesigned. Węglowa Street (on the section from the intersection with Portowa Street up to Bernarda Chrzanowskiego Street) will be closed to motor vehicle traffic and will become a car-free area to be used exclusively by pedestrians and cyclists.

The work is conducted as part of a road contract with the city of Gdynia, where the investors have committed themselves to redevelop the infrastructure. The contractor for this project is MTM, a company dealing with building and road construction. The construction work will take 16 months. The costs of the redevelopment amount to a total of nearly PLN 10.5 million.

photo UM Gdynia

Atmospheric City Centre

Atmospheric City Centre

The South Pier, the favourite strolling destination for Gdynia residents, will become green in springtime. Adjoining the Gdynia Aquarium, a zone promoting social interaction of residents will be created, and opulent vegetation will be planted on the pier.

The South Pier has magnetic powers of attraction. Crowds of visitors of all ages gather there on the weekends. Families with children, young people, and the senior citizen enjoy spending their time here. The pier’s existing character has an impact on the visitors’ choices of activities, with the main focus being walking and strolling. Now this area is going to change, and the new arrangement will foster rest and relaxation directly by the seaside.
In its most glamorous section situated next door to the Gdynia Aquarium opulent vegetation will be planted. The concrete paving slabs will be replaced by a lawn and trees. Comfortable benches will be placed amongst the greenery. Finishing touches will be added in the form of decorative planters, also filled with vegetation.

The existing car park nearthe Gdynia Aquarium will be replaced by a zone promoting social interaction of residents. It will be a place where residents and visitors can gather around a huge, illuminated sign which spells GDYNIA. The visitors will be able to enjoy a rest on 26 minimalist, rounded concrete seats, the so-called drops [drop candy]. The relaxation zone will be complemented by adding the vegetation – trees and decorative plants in white planters.

The work on the new look for the South Pier will be completed by the end of May. The development of this area is being carried out under the auspices of a city project under the name ATMOSPHERIC Centre [KLIMAtyczne Centrum]. Within its framework there are several investments which are going to transform urban space into a more resident-friendly area, i.e. safe pedestrian crossings, bicycle lanes, places for rest and relaxation amongst greenery.

photo: UM Gdynia

Let’s take care of the sea

Let’s take care of the sea

In March, special observances will be held to draw our attention to our responsibility for the management and exploitation of the world’s seas. World Maritime Day is celebrated on March 17, and March 22 is the annual observance of Baltic Sea Day as well as of World Water Day.

The seas are our shared common resource. They produce the most of the planet’s available oxygen and also regulate the climate. They are the habitat of thousands of marine animal species. They help us to maintain many of our economic sectors and they provide us with nourishment. Many international organizations start voicing ever stronger demands for the protection of the marine environment. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) was created as early as 1948, and World Maritime Day was first held on March 17, to mark the date of its founding. Currently, the organization comprises 172 countries. It sets the regulations for maritime transport, in such a way as to counteract the environmental contamination generated by its operations. It also addresses the maritime safety as well as the problems of people who inhabit the seashores.

Baltic Sea Day is a relatively recent observance, as it was established in 1997 by the Helsinki Commission. The organization focuses on the significance of maritime transportation and maritime safety, the protection of the marine environment and the issues of people whose livelihood depends on the sea. Taking into account its relative shallowness, low salinity levels and the fact that it is semi-enclosed (landlocked), as well as utilized by many highly industrialized nations, it becomes of utmost importance that protective measures are taken to look after the Baltic Sea ecology. Each and everyone of us can assist in protecting the Baltic Sea ecosystem.

Greenpeace advises us on what we can do:

  • save water,
  • use biodegradable detergents,
  • tend your garden without resorting to the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers,
  • ensure that no sewage is released directly into our streams and rivers,
  • while enjoying your seaside holiday, do not leave any litter on the beaches and help to protect the dunes.

While doing your shopping, remember to:

  • use the “Dobra Ryba” guide – do not purchase fish from the Red List, and select shops that follow the responsible fish and seafood procurement policies
  • ask the retail staff to provide you with the exact name of the species or with its Latin equivalent. Frequently several different species can be marketed under one commercial name
  • select fish that is caught locally or reared in local fisheries. In this way, you will support the local fishing industry
  • familiarize yourself with a list of “responsible” retailers.
Former shipyard grounds for sale

Former shipyard grounds for sale

Nearly 7 hectare of real estate with direct access to basin Number 9 within the maritime port of Gdyniahave been put up for sale or long-term lease by the Naval Shipyard. At this site, the Investor will be able to conduct activities related to manufacturing, port- sector business or leasing of office space.

The property offered up for sale includes office buildings, warehouses, as well as the necessary energy-supply and road infrastructure. The future Investor of the real estate at Śmidowicza Street will be able to conduct activities related to manufacturing, running of port – sector business or leasing of office space at the site. The Shipyard’s plans to sell or lease part of its property are linked directly to the ongoing process of scaling down and consolidating its production space.

“For the past two years we have been successsively vacating production and warehouse premises located furthest away from the sites of construction and ship repairs and relocating the specific operations to be in closer proximity, thus eliminating time delays due to movement of employees and materials,” Konrad Konefał, CEO of the Naval Shipyard explains.

The Shipyard CEO also revealed the company’s development plans for the nearest future, funded by the proceeds from the sale.
“Our plans include the construction of a new production facility to be used by the mechanics, offshore pipelines and locksmith departments. With this goal in mind, we wish to secure investment funds originating from that part of our capital, made available to external stakeholders, that is not indispensable to our current operations,” the CEO added.

In the advertisement the Shipyard doesn’t limit or prohibit any stakeholders or businesses which could operate from its site. Offers made on part, as well as the sum total of the land and buildings are welcome. Nor is there any preferred method for the bidder to take over this real estate, both purchase and lease agreements will be accepted. The deadline for submitting offers is 13 March.
The Naval Shipyard was established in January 2018 following the acquisition of the assets of the Polish Navy Shipyard that went into liquidation. Polish Naval Shipyard Gdynia SA is part of the Polish Armaments Group.

 

photo: Naval Shipyard

The City of Gdynia released its statistics for the visitor numbers for the year 2019

The City of Gdynia released its statistics for the visitor numbers for the year 2019

More than 3 million tourists visited Gdynia in 2019, 30% of those arrived by sea, as demonstrated in the annual report released by the Gdynia Tourist Board. The most popular tourist attraction was the Gdynia Aquarium. Amongst the events organized in the city,  the greatest crowd pullers were as always – the Open’er Festival and the Polish Feature Film Festival.

In 2019, Gdynia was visited  by 3 121 000 tourists. This is an impressive number. More and more people visit us by sea. Last year 12 241 vessels of all kinds arrived in ports with a total of 952 924 passengers on board. The most popular means of transport are ferries, which brought nearly 700 thousand people.  At the Gdynia Marina, there were 60 passenger ships moored with 237 410 travellers and 11 238 yachts.

Both in the sector of leisure and hospitality industry, and the sector of business travel, Gdynia recorded significant growth. What we should all focus on, is consolidating and strenghtening this trend, so that every year the number of our visitors increases by another several percent. We aim not only to make Gdynia evoke postive associations as an interesting destination for those who like their leisure time or vacations to be an interesting experience, but also so that it is perceived as an optimal destination for organizing a variety of meetings and congresses.  We hope that such a message will be consolidated and reinforced both in Poland and abroad –said Michał Guć, Gdynia’s Deputy Mayor for Innovation.

Apart from leisure and event tourism the city focusses on business tourism. In 2019 there were more than 2 thousand congresses, conferences, fairs, exhibitions and corporate events organised in the city, attended by more than 177 thousand visitors.

The local government officials carefully study the tourist behaviour and the most popular choices made by the visitors. It turned out that more than a million persons (1 124 357) visited the Gdynia museums. The most popular, as always, was the Gdynia Aquarium, with 463 530 visitors. In second place came the Experyment Science Centre, visited by 231 266 people. The podium was also reached by the Polish Naval Museum, with 159 000 visitors.

What also serves as a strong magnet for tourists is the variety of cultural and sports events, which are being consistently promoted and developed by the organizers.  Amongst the cultural events with the largest number of participants, both local and international, is the Open’er Festival (110 000 visitors) and the Polish Feature Film Festival (65 000 visitors).  As far as sporting events are concerned, the most popular in terms of visitor numbers turned out to be the Verva Street Racing event, which attracted 300 thousand people. 310 000 visitors attended the Gdynia AeroBaltic air show. The Red Bull Air Race attracted an audience of more than 80 000.

 

The City celebrates its birthday

The City celebrates its birthday

On 10th February the City of Gdynia and its residents will be celebrating the city’s birthday. 94 years ago, on 10th February 1926, by the decree of the Coucil of Ministers, Gdynia has been granted city status. And that’s when it all began…

In 1920 Gdynia was identified by the engineerTadeusz Wenda, as an ideal spot for port construction, which was indispensable for the rebuilding of the economy. This changed the fate of this small town located on the Baltic coast and led to its economic boom. In 192F1 Gdynia’s population reached 1,268. Five years later, after the granting of city status, the number of city inhabitants reached 12 thousand. And shortly before the outbreak of WWII the population rose to 127 thousand. At present there are 246 thousand people on the Gdynia resident register.

The celebratory events to commemorate the granting of city status will commence on 8th February and continue until 10th February. On Saturday the city authorities invite everyone to the Gdynia Sports Arena. The programme is primarily aimed at senior citizen. Entrance is free of charge, however this is an invitation-only event: the invitations are available from January 28th at the Senior Activity Centre at 27 3 Maja Street. The events planned for that day include the screening of the film by Jacek Dworakowski “Biesiady rodów gdyńskich” [Banquets of Gdynia Families], a band performance by the VOX, as well as a variety of expert health consultations.

The City’s birthday is also celebrated at the Konsulat Kultury [Culture Consulate], which hosts a photographic exhibition entitled “ GDYNIA in photographs by Andrzej Jastrzembski”. The Gdynia City Museum will host a screening of archival films about Gdynia entitled “Dawno temu nad Bałtykiem”[A long time ago, on the Baltic coast] which depict the city’s early years in the 1920s. For the following day, February the 9th, the Museum prepared workshops, meetings with authors and new exhibitions.

The official celebrations with the participation of the city authorities have been planned for 10th February. At 12 noon, symbolic floral wreaths will be laid at the Maritime Poland Monument in Kościuszki Square. At 18:00 a celebratory session of the Gdynia City Council will take place, during which Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski Medals will be awarded “For an outstanding contribution to Gdynia” as well as the “Czas Gdyni” [Time for Gdynia] awards for best Gdynia investments.
In order to make it easier for Gdynia residents to participate in the events, a special public transport timetable has been prepared for the period of the festivities.

Program of 94 city`s birthday

Gdynia – a Learning City

Gdynia – a Learning City

Gdynia, as the only city in Poland,is a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. Its goal is to promote thedevelopment of formal and informal education for all the city inhabitants at every stage of life. On the International Day of Education, the representatives of Gdynia institutions were discussing how to instill a mindset of lifelong learning in the daily experience of the city dwellers.

Gdynia was admitted into the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2019. This organization was established in 2015, and at present it has 225 member cities from 53 countries from all the continents. The central idea for the GNLC members is the development of both formal and informal education in their respective cities, which will foster lifelong learning for all the city residents. The mayor of the City of Gdynia, Wojciech Szczurek, created a team which includes representives from various institutions involved in developing a broad-spectrum educational and cultural package for the city, whose task it is to develop methods of lifelong learning in Gdynia – the Learning City.

“Our task is to reinforce the lifelong learning themes within the various city policies,” explains Deputy Mayor Michał Guć, the Head of the team responsible for the implementation of the learning city idea. “We can offer a wide-ranging package of educational activities directed at all resident groups. This package is offered not only by the city institutions, but also by the non-government organizations. Thanks to the work of this team we will be able to broaden the package, so that it reflects the residents’ expectations to an even larger extent. I am convinced that the implementation of the ideas that we have developed will encourage Gdynia residents to broaden their knowledge and continue their education.”

The local municipal government has many institutions which are responsible for preparing a broad-spectrum educational package for the residents. They include the following: the Laboratory of Social Innovations, Senior Citizen Activity Centre, Culture Department at the Gdynia City Council, Education Department at the Gdynia City Council, Gdynia Library, ‘Experyment’ Science Centre, ‘Gdynia Rodzinna’ Family Centre, Gdynia Sports Centre. Representatives of these bodies and institutions met, in order to consider all the relevant options available in the city.

“We hope that we can thoroughly study the target group, identify any deficiences, pinpoint the groups that we, as the city should pay more attention to, and evaluate access to informal education in all of our city sectors,” said Maja Wagner, Head of Culture Department at the Gdynia City Council.

photo: UM Gdynia/Aleksander Trafas

2019 marked by investments in Sea City

2019 marked by investments in Sea City

2019 has brought a number of changes on the premises of Maritime City Centre. A new marina was handed over to mariners for use. Nearby there are buildings of a luxurious Yacht Park estate. Investors obtained a permit to construction of subsequent investments – Marine Office and Waterfront II.

Gdynia originated from the sea and dreams as well as today members of the local government very strongly emphasise the city’s association with the sea. Construction of the port was the first investment of the future city. On 23 September 1922, the Sejm adopted the Act on construction of the seaport in Gdynia. Thanks to this decision, within over a dozen years, the fishing settlement was transformed into one of the biggest and most modern ports in Europe, around which the city with more than 120 thousand residents was set up. In next years, the port was soundly extended and Gdynia quickly became one of the largest and most progressive ports at the Baltic Sea and evolves as a modern city.

After over 90 years as well as after political and economic changes, the city develops its potential also based on other attributes. However, its links with the sea are visible in numerous places. The released post-shipyard terrains in the city centre enabled creation of a new Sea City district. On 71 hectares of the area located at the sea at the President Quay, Fishing Pier and areas belonging to the Nauta shipyard as well as to the north of Jan z Kolna Street to the borderline with the port, a new city is formed with residential, business and servicing services. The new district will be resided by 10 thousand people and next 11 thousand will find jobs.

Sea Towers was the first investment of the Maritime City Centre, two residential tower blocks opened in 2009. Nearby, there is the Waterfront I complex which comprises the Courtyard hotel by Marriott and the 11-storey office building erected by Vastint Poland company in 2015. In July 2019, the investor received a permit to construction of the next stage of the Waterfront II. Two office buildings and two residential ones will be constructed between the Waszyngtona, Hryniewickiego and Jana Pawła II Streets.

The works are also pending in other regions of the Maritime City Centre. In June 2019, a new marina was handed over, located in the northern part of the President Basin. In July, the complex was benefited by participants of the Junior Sailing World Championships. Buildings of luxurious apartments of the Yacht Park estate have already been built near the marina. Polski Holding Nieruchomości is an investor of the facilities, which obtained a permit to construction of three Marina Office buildings in the Waszyngtona and Hryniewickiego Streets.
Several other housing estates with maritime names: Awanport and Portova are erected nearby. Their architecture refers to white modernism of Gdynia.

Gdynia was established thanks to the port. Today, the city absorbs terrains exploited by the industry and hands them over to residents and tourists. The process of creating the new district of the city has been in progress for many years. Proximity of water attracts investors and residents that were provided with a new place for recreation, rest and work.

Gdynia – a great place to live

Gdynia – a great place to live

The quality of life in Gdynia has found appreciation amongst the international jury of the LivCom Awards, which compiles a ranking of cities worldwide based on their residents-friendly attributes. After detailed interviews, Gdynia came in the 3rd place, following Bergen in Norway in the 2nd place and Xicheng, a district of Beijing in China, coming 1st. Our city, as the only one of the Polish cities, made it to the top final 22 cities worldwide, considered to be best cities in the world to live. It is the best recommendation.

The co-organizer of the competition is UNEP – The United Nations Environment Programme. This remarkably prestigious and the world’s only ranking focusses on quality of life, awarding and revealing cities with the best comfort of living. The evaluation is conducted by an international jury comprising experts in management of the local environment and landscaping.” In the present edition of the competition the members of the jury panel studied a quarter of a million cities worldwide, and compiled a shortlist of 22 cities and 34 projects from more than 30 countries who were invited to the finals. Just to be included in that select circle was a considerable honour, especially seeing as Gdynia was the only city representing Poland. In the middle of December (11-13.12) at the University of Rome the final presentations took place, during which representatives from the award-winning cities talked about their initiatives enhancing the standards of living.

“The competition procedure took several months. Already in Rome itself we were required to give nearly an hour-long presentation on Gdynia, talking about local solutions focussed on the city residents and the quality of life. Each solution that was referred to had to be documented with hard evidence. We are very excited by this recognition and consider it to be a kind of an understated confirmation that we, the citizens of Gdynia are managing truly superbly,” Bartosz Bartoszewicz, Deputy Mayor for Life Quality, explained.

The presentations were divided into 5 categories according to population size. Gdynia which participated in the category of cities with the population of 150,001-400,000, reached the finals alongside Oulu from Finnland, Ambon from Indonesia, the Xicheng District in China and Bergen from Norway, overtaken only by the last two cities. The winners in the previous editions included Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Swedish Malmo, Port Fairy from Australia and Honolulu (USA).

“For years, we have been conducting a policy of sustainable development aiming to secure all the needs of both the current citizens and future generations of Gdynia. That is why we are immensely satisfied that an assembly of international experts validated our activities in economic, social and environmental fields,” Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia, said.

The objective of LivCom Awards is to develop and share International Best Practice, with the further objective of improving the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ‘liveable communities’. This year’s edition was strongly focussed on climate change-related concerns. Every year, the communities whose representatives meet in the finals of the LivCom Awards, exchange Best Practice and experience with the objective of joining forces to face the shared challenges together.