Poland targets shipbuilding revival

The Polish government is pushing ahead with a major revamp of its shipbuilding sector.

The minister of development Mateusz Morawiecki and the minister of maritime economy and inland navigation, Marek Gróbarczyk, held a press conference at the former Szczecin shipyard in northwest Poland yesterday where they outlined plans to invest in shipyards.

“I believe that it is possible to rebuild the Polish shipbuilding industry, despite enormous obstacles of a legal, regulatory, legislative, infrastructural and – what can I say – of course financial nature,” said Morawiecki.

Gróbarczyk said a new shipbuilding industry bill was awaiting to be promulgated.

“In August we would like the president to sign the final version of the bill so that it can begin to be implemented as of 1 January 2017. This bill is crucial for rebuilding the shipbuilding industry. It enables competition, reconstructing our shipbuilding industry,” Gróbarczyk said.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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