Project ID: PA1A117
Constanta Port plays a special role in connecting the maritime & the inland transport. The development plans for Constanta Port therefore take into account the requirements established for seaports as well as those for inland ports. Constanta’s position at the eastern gateway of the EU has a vital role in distributing freight throughout the continent, linking Central and South-Eastern Europe to the Black Sea, Middle East and Central Asia. Its position and the high amount of vessels (14.370 in 2015) and freight (56.3 million tons in 2015) also make it susceptible to a lot of environmental risks and accidents that are usually associated to port activities.
Although the port administration has a defined set of procedures in place in regards to providing ship waste collection services within its jurisdiction area, the available equipment is obsolete as compared to the requests submitted by the port users. The vessels now used to provide ship waste collection services date back to 1963 and have already undergone 5 reclassification cycles. The maintenance costs associated to such a fleet are considerable and taking into account the long service periods required for the vessels, it is becoming increasingly difficult to comply with the provisions of the international regulations Romania is a party to. In line with the Romanian legislation, the port administration is also required to provide assistance when putting out fires, to depollute the port waters, to collect oily and greasy ship waste and other residues.
In addition to this, due to the high traffic volume registered so far and to the favourable geographical position of Constanta, extensions of the breakwaters have been made in order to enlarge this transport hub (see project “Completion of the North breakwater in the Port of Constanţa”). The increased port area also implies the need for modern vessels capable of providing high quality services in a reduced time interval. More vessels also necessitate an adequate place to be moored and a corresponding on-shore waste collection facility to properly store and treat the collected amounts of residues.
Furthermore, the above mentioned extension of the northern breakwater also triggers the need for the reconfiguration of the port’s signalling system to ensure safe access and prevent any sort of accidents that might result in oil spills or other sort of pollution incidents.
Taking into consideration the current needs of Constanta Port, the project will focus on safe maritime port access in the form of navigational aids (upgrading the signalling system in the port basin and the fairway), extension of basic infrastructure in the form of quays, constructing a new state of the art on-shore waste collection and treatment facility, and purchasing a technical vessel. The overall objective is to tackle environmental tasks that will bring Constanta Port at the same foot with other ports of similar size.
It is a mixed project including both studies and works.
The studies in the project consist of feasibility studies and detailed technical designs and concepts to achieve a high level of safety and environmental protection for the operations in Constanta Port. The main focus will be:
The works in the project include:
In addition to this, a special activity will be dedicated to the training needs of the port administration staff members. The possibility of attracting private investors to deal with renewable energy projects will also be analysed within this activity.
The proposed Action is included in the list of pre-identified sections and projects stipulated in Annex I, Part I.2 of the CEF Regulation and is thus eligible for funding under the above mentioned CEF priority.
The project shall be divided into 4 activities:
Activity 1 will include all the project management tasks needed for the successful implementation and completion of the project. Dissemination activities are also foreseen in line with the requirements of the funding program.
Activity 2 will deliver the studies elaborated at project level. These will be focused on three topics. The preparations needed for the creation of proper ship waste collection facilities in Midia Port will be addressed in a distinct sub-activity (1). Possibilities for the provision and distribution of renewable energy in the port of Constanta will also be treated. Special focus will be targeted on photovoltaic panels and a wind power station, as well as on the upgrade of the energy distribution network within the port (2). Climate change infrastructure resilience measures will also be analysed in connection to the existing port infrastructure and the currently available port development plans. (3)
Activity 3 consists in the works performed within the project. A 130-meter-berth extension is planned to provide the basis for the construction of an on-shore ship waste collection facility. One vessel will be purchased to reinforce the fleet the port administration now uses to provide ship waste collection and fire-fighting services. The signalling system within the port will also be upgraded to correspond to the recent infrastructure extensions of the port and to the IALA regulations.
Activity 4 will deliver the training classes needed by the employees of the port administration in order to properly use and exploit the newly purchased equipment and the ship waste collection facility. Furthermore, investigations will be made to assess the potential that the port renewable energy projects have to attract private investors and generate public private partnerships.
Constanta Port is 85nM from the Danube’s mouth by the sea and is also linked to it by the Black-Sea-Danube Canal, thus interacting with the Danube ports and the Black-Sea ports as well. A high quality of the ship waste collection services in the Port will limit the risk of pollution and oil spills that might affect the Black Sea Region and pose a threat to the environment and the population.
High quality port services provided efficiently by the port administration will also attract more responsible business partners to the area.
Start date: 01.07.2016
End date: 30.06.2019
Total budget: 12,696,125 EUR
EU funds: 10,791,706 EUR are funded by Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2014 - 2020
National funds: 1,904,419 EUR
Project leader: National Company Maritime Ports Administration SA Constanta
Address: Incinta Port, Gara Maritima, 900900 Constanta / Romania
Contact person: Mihaela Staetu
Contact data: email@example.com; +40741161116
There are no additional partners involved.
The proposed action takes into account the plans included in the following projects that are or were promoted for implementation by Constanta Port Administration:
The project addresses key priorities of the European Union transport policy such as:
Data provided by: Mihaela Staetu (National Company Maritime Ports Administration SA Constanta, Romania) - 29.01.2016
Last update by: viadonau, Austria - 12.10.2017