Port of Gdansk Modernization Projects in Full Swing

first_imgImage source: Port of GdanskThe Port of Gdansk is working on a project that will modernize the long-neglected Dworzec Drzewny quay.In mid-December 2017, the port issued a call for tenders for the modernization of the quay. The bids submitted by eight entities have just been opened.According to the port authority, five consortia and three enterprises have submitted bids for the reconstruction of the Dworzec Drzewny quay, with all potential contractors declaring that the work will be completed within 96 weeks from the moment of signing the agreement.“Dworzec Drzewny is a quay which has remained out of use for many years. Due to years of neglect, it fell into ruin and lost all its transshipment capacity,” said Lukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the Port of Gdansk Authority.“We want to expand it, so that it can become vibrant with port life once again. We assume that it will be a universal quay. Currently, it has a steep sloped structure, which has to be changed. We also need to move the fender line,” added Lukasz Greinke.Future work on this quay will focus on the expansion of an area of about 1,220 meters. The selected contractor will perform demolition work, earthwork, dredging and bottom-reinforcing work, sanitary work, and road and railway work.“A new sheet pile retaining wall, new fender lines and berthing lines will be built. This will make it possible for the largest vessels able to enter the Inner Port – with draughts up to 10.6 m – to be handled at Dworzec Drzewny,” explained Marcin Osowski, Vice-President of the Board and Director of Infrastructure at the PGA.The Port of Gdansk also said that the modernization of the Dworzec Drzewny is one of the tasks in a project involving the conversion of the fairway. 85% of the funds for the project come from the resources of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).Thanks to the EU funds, work will also include the dredging of the fairway and the modernization of the Oliwskie, Obroncow Poczty Polskiej, and Mew Quays, as well as the Zbozowe Quay along with a part of the quay at the Wisloujscie Fortress. This means a total of 5 km of renovated infrastructure.Projects financed using CEF will be completed by the end of 2020. By that time, investments at the Port of Gdansk will reach the amount of $290 million.[mappress mapid=”24995″]last_img read more

Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara says farewell to first-class cricket

first_imgEX-SRI LANKA captain Kumar Sangakkara says he will miss cricket “terribly” but believes he is retiring from the first-class game at the right time.Sangakkara, 39, made 35 not out in his final first-class innings for Surrey against Lancashire last Wednesday.He is fifth on the list of all-time run-scorers in Test cricket, with 12 400 runs in 134 appearances.“Sometimes you hold on a bit too long and I always think it’s better to let go a bit sooner than later,” he said.Left-handed batsman Sangakkara, who will turn 40 on October 27, ended his first-class career with 20 911 runs.Almost 1 500 of those runs came for Surrey in the County Championship this season at an average of 106.50.He told BBC Sport: “I’ll miss it terribly, without a doubt, but that’s a good thing. A lot of players walk away bitter and upset and regretting a lot of the things that might have been.“I walk away with a few regrets, like anyone would, but I’m absolutely happy with the way I played the game and what I’ve achieved.“The game goes on and that’s the beauty of any sport. It doesn’t matter who retires or who comes into play – the sport will be bigger than all of us.”He will continue playing in overseas T20 leagues in 2018.Sangakkara has revealed that, as a youngster, he did not think he would be good enough to play international cricket for Sri Lanka.However, a first-class career spanning almost two decades has cemented his legacy as one of the legends of the game.Only India’s Sachin Tendulkar (34 357) has scored more runs in all formats of international cricket than Sangakkara (28 016), while he is also the leading Test run-scorer for his country.Mahela Jayawardene (11 814) is the only other batsman to pass 10 000 Test runs for Sri Lanka.Sangakkara played for three English counties – Durham, Warwickshire and Surrey – during his career and has produced some of his best ever forms during his final season as a first-class cricketer.Some of his highlights in 2017 include:Eight centuries and 1 491 runs in 16 County Championship innings, making him the leading run-scorer in either division this season.A century in each innings of Surrey’s draw against Middlesex at Lord’s in May.His 100th hundred in all formats of cricket in Surrey’s One-Day Cup quarter-final win over Yorkshire in June.Sangakkara’s international career in numberslast_img read more

Mourinho swaps criticism for cuddles and Spurs aces like new ‘soft version’

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO is taking the softly-softly approach at Tottenham — and so far it is working a treat.The Special One appears to have learnt from the meanness and moaning that caused so much misery in his time at Manchester United.3 Dele Alli is among the Tottenham players already impressed by his encounters with new boss Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Jose Mourinho admits adopting a softer persona to help him bed in at SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe has swapped the criticism for cuddles and animosity for an arm around the shoulder.His Tottenham stars might have feared the hairdryer from their new boss when they came in 2-1 down at half-time during Tuesday’s 4-2 Champions League comeback win over Olympiakos.But Mourinho said: “I just had to be a soft version of myself. I felt the players were in need of some love.”Wow. Never mind Mourinho’s comments about Dele Alli having a brother, it seems he has one too.Where has the grumpy little Portuguese fella gone?But it paid off as Spurs sealed a stunning second-half revival to book their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite competition.’GOOD RELATIONSHIP SO FAR’It means Mourinho has won his first two games in charge of the North Londoners since replacing the axed predecessor Mauricio Pochettino a week ago.Striker and stand-in skipper Harry Kane, who scored twice against the Greeks, said: “Half-time was calm. Scoring just before half-time helped obviously, but we knew we could not play any worse.“The manager was calm — but you never know what a new manager is going to be like.“He’d been here for less than a week and only had two games.“So far it’s been all about trying to save the energy, not trying to work too much with the players because of the amount of games we have coming up.“It’s early days but we have a good relationship so far. We talk and try to help the team.Jose Mourinho jokes about seeing his Olympiakos half-time team talk on the Amazon documentary3 Harry Kane says Jose Mourinho stayed calm at half-time despite Spurs trailing 2-1 after their terrible first 45 minutes against OlympiakosCredit: Getty Images – Getty“With me being one of the leaders in the team he looks to me for feelings and advice on the team.“When you are winning games it definitely helps your relationship.“Hopefully we can build a strong relationship.“We know we both want to win big competitions.“That’s the team’s aim, that’s my aim and that is the manager’s aim.“Hopefully I can help him do that this year and see where we can go.”One Spurs star who has definitely responded to Mourinho’s arrival is Dele Alli.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Saints vs Watford, Arsenal and Leicester vs Everton scores this coming weekend and win £100The midfielder had been axed from the previous two England squads due to his poor form.After Mourinho was appointed Tottenham manager he had a dig at Dele by asking if it was him who had been playing or his brother?But the star has responded to the jibe by following up his outstanding display in the 3-2 win at West Ham on Saturday with another fine performance — and a goal — in the comeback win against Olympiakos.Kane, 26, said: “Dele has done great in the last couple of games. Everyone talks about the old Dele but he has just got to keep doing what he’s doing.“He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy. It’s great to see him scoring goals, assisting goals and running at players.”Mourinho insists the Tottenham squad just needs tweaking and not a major overhaul — even though abject displays under Pochettino and a woeful first-half against Olympiakos suggest otherwise.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBut Kane said: “We have got a quality squad, no doubt about that. We have got one of the best squads in Europe.“In football when things don’t go your way, it is easy to maybe drop your levels a little bit and you end up going on a downward spiral and you have got to pick it up.“In the last couple of games we have done that but we know we have a lot of hard work to continue that.”Jose Mourinho celebrates with Spurs ball boy after his quick thinking leads to Champions League equaliserlast_img read more