OT Logistics on inland shipping during the Congress 590
On 16-17 November 2017 in Jasionka near Rzeszów the second edition of the Congress 590 took place. OT Logistics actively participated in a panel discussion dedicated to inland shipping, entitled “When and where shall we cruise – new engines of inland shipping development”.
The panel was hosted by Grzegorz Witkowski, the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, who summarized two years of actions undertaken by the Ministry in the field of inland shipping and emphasized how great work port management boards had done in order to make Wisła and Odra Rivers navigable again. Panel participants were Andrzej Klimek, the Vice President of the Management Board of OT Logistics S.A., Łukasz Greinke, the President of the Board of the Port of Gdansk Authority, Paweł Mortas, the President of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Kędzierzyn, dr Dorota Dybkowska-Stefek from the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, dr Bogusz Wiśnicki from the Maritime University of Szczecin and Zbigniew Antonowicz, the President of the Oder Gateway (Odrą w Świat) Association.
Andrzej Klimek pointed out that OT Logistics Capital Group had already resumed regular transport of coal from Gliwice to Kogeneracja Wrocław and was increasing the load volume systematically. Furthermore, the Group carried out test transportation of fertilizers from Kędzierzyn-Koźle to Szczecin. “Odra must be navigable along its whole length, all the way to ports in Szczecin and Świnoujście, and accessible from German waterways. We hope that the Malczyce lock will be open for shipping next year, as it will enable making inland water transport along the Odra River more regular and frequent,” the Vice President of OT Logistics said.
The Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation works on revitalization and modernization of inland waterways in line with the Transport Development Strategy until 2020. These works comply with the AGN Convention – the European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance, ratified by the President Andrzej Duda in March. It is well known that river transport emits five times less greenhouse gases than land transport. Therefore rivers will be able to generate funds for their maintenance and regulation of water levels, which will also reduce flood risk and so limit the cost of flood protection. This is why the revival of inland shipping may prove an important transport channel, contributing to faster economic growth in Poland. The invited guests not only assessed the current condition of inland shipping, but also gave their opinions on investment plans for Odra and Wisła Rivers.