Vistula River Promotion Tour 19-27/04/2017 (language: EN)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 18:00

The first promotional and research container cruise moved not only Vistula waters but also decision-makers.

Everybody speaks about the need of building cascade on the biggest Polish river.
The barge with containers overcame the distance 440 km from Gdansk to Warsaw within 9 days.

  • Distance travelled: 440 km (daily 20-80 km)
  • Locks overcame: 3 (incl. smaller barge operating in Bydgoszcz)
  • Guests on the barge: 470
  • Press conferences: 5
  • Demonstrative handlings: 2
  • Research works: Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz and Regional Water Management Authority in Gdansk
  • Events in cities: 7
  • Thematic meetings on board: 7Pushed convoy: 70 m
  • Crew: 3
  • Containers: 20 (8 living containers)

Along the way it visited the main ports and marinas where promotional events and press conferences were held. Moreover, during each cruise expert meetings and working groups were organized on-board, moderated very often by the Vistula River itself. Research concerning the river morphology, infrastructural and navigations objects were conducted by the students of Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz and specialists from the Regional Water Management Authority in Gdansk.
The cruise had the following purposes:

  • to show the possibilities of IWT along the section Gdansk-Warsaw
  • to promote inland navigation as environmental friendly transport
  • to identify the main bottlenecks on the Lower Vistula and conduct research of the waterway
  • to increase the awareness in terms of importance of inland navigation
  • to increase public awareness regarding economic use of the rivers.

The main stop of the cruise was organized in Bydgoszcz, nearby the planned multimodal platform which would operate as crucial hinterland port, mainly for containers transport coming from the sea ports in Gdansk and Gdynia. For citizens and media the unique show of handling containers from one barge to another was prepared. On the following day the representatives of Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Port of Gdansk, regional and local
self-governments met on information seminar telling about the future of inland navigation in Poland. The citizens of Bydgoszcz had an opportunity to visit exhibition concerning the history inland water transport in the region and economic use of rivers.
The container barge was accompanied by another convoy transporting oversized cargo to Plock, so the transport potential of the Vistula was tested in actual operating conditions.
The promotional cruise was accomplished on 27th April in Warsaw by the Ministerial Working Group on IW Investments meeting.
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