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Strengthening sea border protection in Gdynia

  • A €491,000 contribution from the Norway Grants helps improving security at the Port of Gdynia.

    Situated in the Bay of Gdansk, the Port of Gdynia is one of the major ports of the Baltic Sea. With about 15 million tonnes of cargo and 365,000 passengers passing through every year, it is also an important part of the Schengen Area's external border.

    As a transport hub receiving goods and passengers from the all over the world, the Port of Gdynia could potentially be a point of illegal entry of e.g. drugs, people or arms into the Schengen Area. Thus, a comprehensive system of surveillance of the port area has increasingly become important, not at least since the capacity of the port is scheduled to be increased significantly in the years to come.

    A project co-financed by a €466,604 contribution from the Norway Grants sets forth to address this need. The project is well under way; as of October 2008, 57 surveillance cameras have been installed in the port area. Being connected by a computer system, these cameras enable the security staff to monitor a total of 240 hectar.

    The security system has already shown its worth by providing information useful for preemption and investigation of e.g. thefts, accidents and fires. As a beneficial side effect, the cameras have also proved to be a useful tool for monitoring oil leakages, thus contributing to improve the local maritime environment.

    The system is the most comprehensive and advanced of its kind in Poland, and is soon to be expanded with another 30 cameras. Vastly improving the effectiveness of the port's security staff, customs officials and border guards, it is in the years to come likely to play a significant role in the Polish efforts to protect the Schengen Area's external border.

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    Project title:

    Strengthening the sea border crossing point in the Port of Gdynia – Port security monitoring system.

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Schengen and judiciary


    € 466,604



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project promoter:

    Port of Gdynia Authority SA

    Type of institution:

    Publicly owned enterprise

    Project duration:

    16 months

    Project cost:

    € 993,923

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    06 March 2007

    The purpose of the Project is to construct an integrated security monitoring system of the Gdynia port area, with the overall objective of ensuring adequate sea border protection standards by adjusting border protection to Schengen requirements and fulfilling national legal requirements. Reference is made to the application, dated 24 May 2006, and to correspondence with the Focal Point dated 1 August 2006, 10 October 2006, and 12 December 2006.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - tendering for the equipment and services;

    - construction of a surveillance television system, including cameras and computer monitoring stations;

    - training for system users;

    - preparation of manuals (including rules and coordination in case of accidents, threat and risk analysis); and

    - publicity activities.

    The Project Promoter is Port of Gdynia Authority.

    The Project has three partners: the Maritime Regional Border Guard Unit in Gdnsk, the Local Border Guard Unit in Gdynia, and the Customs Office in Gdynia. The Partners will be involved in the Project's implementation, specifically the construction of the surveillance system and the preparation of the manuals.