“A new canal that will cut across the Vistula Spit, allowing Polish ships to reach the Baltic sea without having to pass through Russian-controlled water, will likely be opened this year,” Poland’s deputy infrastructure minister has announced.
The new waterway will take ships sailing across the Vistula Lagoon from the port of Elbląg, northern Poland, to the Baltic. At the moment they have to sail around the spit through Russia's Strait of Baltiysk.
Marek Gróbarczyk, Polish Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, told Polish radio on Tuesday that “everything indicates that at the end of this year the first ships will sail through the Vistula Spit canal.”
“We do not want to specify the date, because we are faced with the difficult element of constructing a watertight gate,” he said, stressing that “this is the first such investment in Poland, so there will probably be difficulties with everything working properly.”
The American think-tank Jamestown Foundation discussed the Russian opinion on the digging of the Vistula Spit Canal in northern Poland saying that...see more