Police Seaport Authority
In terms of the amount of cargo it handles Police Seaport is the fourth largest port in Poland. Annually we handle approximately 2.5 million tonnes of cargo. Police Chemical Works SA is the only Polish chemical manufacturer with access to specialist port facilities in the direct vicinity of its premises. Police Seaport operates as a handling terminal for bulk cargos such as phosphates, apatites, ilmenite ore, potassium salt, fertilizers, ammonia and sulfuric acid.
A two-berth quay with a length of 415 m and a design depth of 12.5 m divided into an area for unloading raw materials equipped with two Kone unloading gantry cranes with a capacity of 6 000 t / 24 hours and a fertiliser berth for handling the products of Police SA Chemical Works equipped with MVT cargo handling equipment with a capacity of 3 500 t / 24 hours and two grab cranes with a load-bearing capacity of Q=10t. The quay also has a warehouse (2 000 m2) and open storage with an area of 5 000 m2.
The quay has an operational depth of 10.5 m, which means it can serve the largest ships able to navigate the fairway to Szczecin i.e. ships with a length of 160 m and draught of 9.15 m or length of 206 m and draught of 8.15 m, which means it is fully able to handle fully-loaded bulk carriers with 16 18 000 DWT or partially loaded bulk carriers with a capacity of 40 000 DWT.
The Barge Terminal is situated in the direct vicinity of the chemical works and has a quay length of 2 x 200 m and an operational depth of 4.5 m. Its cargo handling equipment consists of two grab cranes with a capacity of Q=8 t and a belt conveyor with a maximum loading capacity of 3 500 t / 24 hours. The barge terminal serves barges and ships with a length of up to 120 m and draught of 4.0 m, that is around 3 000 DWT.
The Police Port has functioned already since 1971 – originally as the company port of Zakłady Chemiczne “Police” S.A. and since 1 December 2004 obtaining the status of an independent subject under name: Zarząd Morskiego Portu Police Sp. z o.o.. Shareholders in Zarząd Morskiego Portu Police Sp. z o.o. are Zakłady Chemiczne “POLICE” S.A. (90%) and the Municipality of Police (10%). The Police Port plays an important role in the sea economy, occupying since few years the fourth place, among the Polish ports, as regards the level of the handling performed. The Company plans to construct, in the few next years, new port quays as well as to improve the transport infrastructure, as result of which the service offer of the Port shall be enlarged and its handling capacity shall be increased.
As early as 1970 the first raw materials vessels were mooring on the quay of the Barge Port. During the seventies the entire port infrastructure (the quays, belt conveyors, and three eight-tonne cranes) was used to serve barges and small ships within the limits of its draught capacity. The cargoes (at that time phosphates and apatites) were transferred from bulk carriers to barges in Świnoujście and transported on to the Police factory. Eventually, when the titanium white plant was started up, the port began to handle imported ilmenite. Barges were also used to transport finished products.
In 1979 due to the large quantity of cargo being transported from the Police Chemical Works (the largest producer of non-organic chemical products in Poland) and to lessen the cargo load handled by the Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex the decision was made to construct a port for the chemical works on the River Oder with the capacity to serve ocean-going ships. The project was initiated by the Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Authority but was taken over by Police SA Chemical Works in 1982, while a barge port on the Gunica River with a handling capacity of 600 000 tonnes a year was delivered for operation in 1979.
The construction project including the port for the chemical works and belt conveyors for unloading raw materials and loading fertiliser onto ships was completed in 1993. Once the Seaport was ready the handling capacity of the port complex was concentrated there. In 1997 the Police Port Complex handled 40 million tonnes of goods, while the largest ship to enter Police port had a displacement of 48 000 DWT.