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Digging through the Vistula Spit for 1 PLN?

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The Maritime Office in Gdynia has opened bids for the construction of the first stage of the crosscut through the Vistula Spit. The investor intends to allocate PLN 718.09m gross for the task. The budget included only one offer for… 1 PLN. However, it will not be subject to evaluation.

Test offer for 1 PLN

The opening of offers for the construction of the first stage of the crosscut through the Vistula Spit, which is to connect the Gulf of Gdansk with the Vistula Lagoon, on 22nd May this year was quite surprising. The cheapest offer turned out to be the proposal of the Turkish company Kolin – İnşaat & Turizm, which not only amounted to only 1 PLN, but also was marked as a test. A day later, however, the Maritime Office published a correction in which it explained that the Turkish proposal did not constitute an offer within the meaning of the provisions of the Public Procurement Law, adding that it lacked an offer form.

Who’s gonna win the bid?

In this situation, six bids remained in the fight for the contract. The cheapest one belongs to a consortium composed of N.V.Besix S.A., NDI S.A. and NDI Sp. z o.o., which proposed work for PLN 992.27m, and the offer of a consortium led by Budimex (PLN 992.53m) turned out to be slightly more expensive. The most expensive proposal to perform the works belongs to the consortium of Polbud-Pomerania with Chinese companies, amounting to PLN 1,148.94m. However, the investor’s budget is “only” PLN 718.09m, so it will be necessary to find additional funds or reopen the tender. All bidders declared a shortening of the construction time by 8 months and a five-year guarantee for the investment.

The work is already underway

Although the general contractor for the investment has not been selected yet, preparatory works on the construction site have been in progress for several months. The construction was symbolically inaugurated on 16 October last year by Jarosław Kaczyński, who buried a geodetic post marking the waterway through the spit.

Cross-cutting through the Vistula Spit will be carried out in Nowy Świat. It will be over 1 km long and 5 m deep. Within the framework of the ongoing tender, apart from the shipping channel, a protective harbour and an artificial island will also be built, which is to serve as a habitat for birds. The works are planned to be completed in 2022.

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