Canal redevelopment will improve access to inland ports from the Baltic Sea

The upgrade and redevelopment of portions of the Piast Canal, namely the Świnoujście-Szczecin fairway, will improve access to inland ports from the Baltic Sea and mitigate risk and damage from tidal surges and flooding.

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The modernisation works will take place primarily along the eastern and western banks of the fairway. A 4 km section on the Mieliński Canal and another 4 km section of the northern part of the Piast Canal, a total of approximately 8 km, will be upgraded.

Improving and upgrading the banks and other infrastructure on the fairway will improve access to inland ports from the sea as well as the overall condition of the local infrastructure, and will increase navigational safety. The work is important as the Świnoujście-Szczecin fairway forms part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The project is also part of the European Union Baltic Sea Strategy.

Better traffic flow and more opportunities

Although the works are largely centred on the upgrading of embankments, the dredging operation also includes the removal of maritime obstacles such as old wharfs and jetties, or provides for their rebuilding where necessary. Other improvements include the building of a service road, improving navigation marks and building a service wharf for the ongoing upkeep of the fairway.

The improvement project will yield benefits in the flow of traffic and subsequently improve the level of competitiveness, as well as provide tangible improvements in the day-to-day business of importers and exporters, ship owners, and logistical firms in the area.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project "Modernisation of the Świnoujście-Szczecin fairway (Piast Canal and Mieliński Canal) - Stage II, eastern and western banks" is EUR 79 676 879, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 62 886 803 from the Operational Programme "Infrastructure and Environment" for the 2007-2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis "Environment-friendly transport".


Draft date

27/05/2015