“Gdynia turns away from the sea.” Skyscrapers and developers are moving to the port area
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Why is it important to restore the Polish flag? Is Gdynia turning away from the sea and what can the consequences be? Ditch of the Vistula Spit and the impact on the economy of the region – Iwona Wysocka talked about all this with Captain Tadeusz Hatalski.
“To restore the Polish flag” – this is the title of the latest publication by Captain Hatalski. He put forward the thesis that Gdynia turns away from the sea. – Perhaps it is shocking, but the facts are that Gdynia, a city that arose from dreams and the sea, now turns away from the sea when looking at what is happening. This is evidenced by the development of the center, skyscrapers that are being built in the ports, as well as the developers’ entrance to the port itself. I mean specifically the fishing pier and Sea Towers. Maybe the Sea Tower has not yet been built, but those apartment buildings that have been built are already on the site of the former fishing pier, which was once part of the port – he replies.
Below is an interview written in text form:
IW: To restore the Polish flag, a publication by Mr. You are making a shocking thesis that Gdynia turns away from the sea!
TH: Well, maybe it is shocking, but unfortunately the facts are that Gdynia, a city that was created out of dreams and the sea, at the moment, looking at what is happening, turns away from the sea. This is evidenced by the development of the center, those skyscrapers that are built in close proximity, or rather in the area, almost in the port area, as well as the developers’ entrance to the port itself. I mean specifically the Fishing Pier and Sea Towers. Sea Towers not yet, but the apartment buildings, those that have already been built, are already on the site of the former Fishing Pier, which was once part of the port.
IW: It could be assumed that if there are flats or apartments there, then we bring the sea closer to people, so that they can be closer, so that they can observe what is happening.
TH: Ms Editor, this is such a matter, quite complicated …
IW: Let’s explain.
TH: In my opinion, this is an uncritical imitation of trends that actually exist in the West. It is so in Great Britain, it is so in Germany and so on and so on. Except – let’s talk about Great Britain here, because I know it from my autopsy, I was there in those ports where the areas, former areas of these ports, are designated for housing construction. But these are port areas that have not been used as a port for many, many years. And they are unused, because the technology of transport has changed, the size of ships has changed, the drafts of ships have changed, and so has [w efekcie] this part of the port is unused, and it goes without saying that it can be used for other purposes. In the case of Gdynia, it is completely different, the port of Gdynia suffers from a lack of land, there is no land.
IW: In general, the city of Gdynia suffers from a lack of land …
TH: Well, the city of Gdynia is not Wiczlino, there is Dąbrowa, Obłuże … and so on, here the city can develop in …
IW: The other way …
TH:… in many directions, not necessarily in the port area. And now, the port in Gdynia is a living port, a functioning port, a port whose transshipments are growing and getting bigger.
IW: So the port is working. Let us remind the audience, because we say this often. The port operates seven days a week, all days of the month, all days of the year, unless there is weather that prevents it, but this is rare.
TH: Well, now, building apartment buildings in close proximity to those areas where the port works as you said, seven days a week and often twenty-four hours a day, is not a good solution because there is noise, there is traffic and the residents of these apartment buildings will surely be disturbed.
IW: And they don’t always know it.
TH: They don’t know, because these port cranes look very romantic on these advertising brochures. However, the practice is completely different, the port cranes knock, make noise, work. And also ships, ships also enter the port at any time of the day or night. And for example, there may be times when a ship that enters a port at 2 am will have to use the ship’s siren, which is very loud because that is its purpose and purpose. And by sounding the sound of the siren, it will wake up all the inhabitants.
IW: What are the consequences of taking over the quays by developers? What might be the consequences for the port’s operation? Could this affect the operation of the port?
TH: Sure it can. Because, as we mentioned at the beginning, the port of Gdynia suffers from a lack of land. And every area, every piece of the wharf is used for purposes other than a port [z] detriment to the operation of the port. This is one thing. And the second, it is a kind of waste. Because it is a port infrastructure. And it is the infrastructure that is used [przystosowana] for loading, unloading and mooring of ships. If we spend it on housing infrastructure, it is a waste, because apartment buildings can be built anywhere else, you don’t need a wharf, you don’t need everything you need for mooring for ships. And besides, this is the emotional side. Gdynia, this was our Polish port, Gdynia, the whole society built Gdynia, I … My family comes from Polana, it is a small town in the Bieszczady Mountains. And from this Glade, that’s seven hundred [dziewięćset w rzeczywistości] kilometers from Gdynia. In the twenties [ubiegłego wieku] School trips to Gdynia were organized so that children and young people could see how the port, the first Polish port, is built. I am in possession of photos from that time. My cousin, as a child, going to school [w Polanie] he came to Gdynia on a school trip to see how Gdynia is being built.
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