Offshore Centre Project
Recognising the need to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the context of climate goals, as well as wishing to support the activities in this area, the Gdynia Maritime University has planned the construction of the GMU Offshore Centre, which will become an essential research and educational base for the domestic offshore wind energy sector. Its task is to create a local, Polish supply chain for the offshore industry. The centre may become the nucleus of a larger formation, the “Polish Offshore Valley”.
The key advantage of the location of the Offshore Center at Robert de Plelo’s Street in Gdańsk is direct access to the Wisłoujście Quay, which will enable the mooring and service of research, training and service vessels of the University and its contractors.
The GMU Offshore Centre will be a seat of certified laboratories, the operation of which is part of the process of preparation and implementation of investments in offshore wind energy. These include, among others, the Geotechnical Laboratory of the Maritime Geotechnics Department, Laboratory of the Environment Protection Department (chemical analyses), and Laboratory of Maritime Electronics (monitoring of environmental hazards).
The construction of the GMU Offshore Centre will enable comprehensive, specialised research and development works for the needs of the innovative maritime industry. Currently, none of the research and development units in the country apart from the GMU performs such works.
The investment estimated at approx. PLN 50 million, is being carried out within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme for the Pomeranian Voivodeship for 2014–2020 co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Co-financing of the project from the European Union amounts to PLN 17 857 770.23.