OT Logistics will transport fertilizers along the Odra River for Grupa Azoty
OT Logistics Group, the leading inland shipping operator in Poland, initiated a test river transportation of 250 tons of fertilizers for Grupa Azoty along the route from Kędzierzyn-Koźle to Police.
This test transportation is meant to check conditions for inland haulage along the Middle Odra and the Lower Odra. The success of this cruise will help to decide on establishing a regular shipping route between the plants of Grupa Azoty in Kędzierzyn-Koźle and Police and will open new possibilities for transportation of goods from Silesia to northeastern regions of the country.
“We did use inland shipping as a way of transport of our products in the past. We have our own port and a connection with the Gliwice Canal. We want to join plans the government has regarding making the Odra River navigable again and to profit from business opportunities that go with it. Water transport is more ecological and cost-effective than the road one, therefore we would be very willing to enjoy its benefits while transporting raw materials to our company and our products to customers,” Kamil Bortniczuk said, the Member of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty ZAK S.A.
The barge was loaded in Kędzierzyn on Thursday, October 26. For the haulage of 250 tons of fertilizers along the route Kędzierzyn-Koźle – Police, a motor barge type BM-500 was chosen. The barge is to cover the distance of 670 km along the Kędzierzyn Canal, the Gliwice Canal and the Odra River. The cruise requires passing through 25 barrages and is assumed to last 6-7 days.
“We hope that this test cruise will confirm the possibility of regular haulage along the Odra Waterway from Opolian Silesia to the northern part of the country. We also wish to point out how important a transportation supplement inland shipping may be and how essential the investments related to improving navigability along the Odra Waterway planned by the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation are,” Andrzej Klimek said, the Vice President of the Management Board and the Head of Inland Shipping Division at OT Logistics. “Water transportation is the most environment-friendly form of transport, which allows to unburden road and rail haulage. Inland shipping may prove particularly important when it comes to delivering goods to ports in Szczecin/Świnoujście, Gdańsk and Gdynia, but also with respect to transporting coal from Upper Silesia to other regions of the country. In July we resumed river transport of coal from Gliwice to Wrocław. Since then our barges have hauled as much as ca. 70 thousand tons of coal for Kogeneracja Wrocław. Now we take another step aimed at restoring rivers’ transport function,” Andrzej Klimek added.