The aim of the Ostrów Island revitalization, carried out by the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone, is to provide support to the industry and new technologies in the shipbuilding sector. As a result of the work carried out, a modern mounting plate with an area of 10 thousand m² and an industrial hall able to produce floating vessels have been constructed.
– The Pomeranian Special Economic Zone action and obligations are credible. The plans announced last year today have become a reality. We continue to take responsibility for ensuring synergic effects in the economic process on the Ostrów Island. I am sure that the Gdańsk Shipyard will make use of this foundation and we believe that it will contribute to its success in construction of the shipbuilding industry 4.0. –says Prof. Barbara Piontek, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone.
— Last year during the event “Stocznia Gdańsk 4.0. Nowy Początek” [Gdańsk Shipyard 4.0. – New Beginning] we committed ourselves to launching the revitalization process of the Ostrów Island. Ever since, we have been consistently implementing the planned activities – Paweł Lulewicz, Vice-President of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone, points out.
The infrastructure on the Ostrów Island has been adapted for three main areas of the shipbuilding production, the floating vessels production, for the offshore industry and large-size steel structures which must be launched due to their size and weight – Przemysław Sztandera, President of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone, says.
The newly constructed mounting plate was made in accordance with the latest technology. It enables the performance of advanced industrial production and guarantees the highest standards of work. Being equipped with the necessary media, it allows for the construction of large-size steel structures and complete floating vessels of up to 150 metres in length. Direct access to the quay allows for the launching of those vessels.
– The construction of the plate consumed 1020 reinforced concrete piles of up to 16 m in length, over 6000 m2 of concrete was laid and 250 tonnes of reinforced steel used. The plate is equipped with the necessary media and lighting allowing for the work to be carried out at night, which is especially important during the winter period. The load-bearing capacity of such a plate amounts to 20 tonnes per square metre – Paweł Lulewicz emphasizes.
The Pomeranian Special Economic Zone also modernised production hall No. 33. The works allowed for the replacement of the flooring, the extension of the gates in gable façades, the modernisation of the technical infrastructure and fitting it with the necessary media. As a result, complete floating vessels of up to 90 metres in length can be produced in the hall.
The education processes support is an important pillar of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone activities. The revitalization and activation of post-shipyard areas led to the establishment of a centre offering modern industrial robots thanks to which pupils and adults may gain knowledge and build competence in the area of programming.
– The shipbuilding sector potential in Poland grows rapidly, and companies operating in this industry work are using more and more advanced technologies. The Pomeranian Special Economic Zone established one of the first industrial robots programming centres in Poland in order to implement a modern education system in terms of robotisation and automation – Przemysław Sztandera says.
The centre is located in a building of the former management staff of the Gdańsk Shipyard. The training centre was created as a result of cooperation with the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences, which donated, among other things, a modern six-axis device for metal and plastic laser cutting Fanuc Robot M-20iA and PZU Lab, which provides substantive support to the project.
– We are pleased to be part of this project, it is a good direction for the development of industry 4.0. The centre allows for the training of staff in the field of programming and operation of robots, which is conducive to the development of modern production – dr Robert Barbucha from the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences says.
– Regular classes in the Centre will commence as soon as the school year starts. The Centre will cooperate, among others, with the Conradinum school, which will launch a new course in September “Mechatronics technician with innovation – robot programming” – Paweł Lulewicz says.
The rebuilding of a part of the Kashubian Quay, the restoration of the Trawlerowe Quay and the building of new infrastructure, including but not limited to the roads for a heavy transport, are planned during the subsequent stages of revitalization of the Ostrów Island. As a result, the place is to be transformed into an innovation-based shipbuilding centre.
– When implementing this project we aim at creating an ecosystem based on cooperation between entities, which facilitates the increase in the potential efficiency of all companies carrying out economic activity within the revitalized area – Przemysław Sztandera points out.