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THE PILOT CONTAINER VOYAGE ON THE VISTULA FROM GDAŃSK TO WARSAW HAS BEEN COMPLETED

The barge with containers reached Poland's capital on 27 April 2017, after a 9-day journey. The voyage concluded at the Vistula Boulevard, between the Średnicowy Bridge and the Poniatowski Bridge.

CONTAINERS WILL SHIP UP THE VISTULA. AS A TEST, FOR NOW

Transport by inland waterways is more economical, more environment-friendly and safer than transport by road or by rail. This will be demonstrated by the crew of the barge which, on 19 April 2017, will sail out of the Gdańsk seaport to reach Warsaw within 9 days, having overcome navigation obstacles. It will take four days to return: this is how much time is required to cover this distance with cargo.

IWW E70 AT THE 29TH WIND AND WATER BOAT SHOW, WARSAW

The 29th edition of Wind and Water, Poland's largest trade show for the boat industry and water sports, took place on 16-19 March 2017 in Warsaw.

Aquatic offer of the POLiSH SECTION of the international WaterWay MDW E70 At the Sailing equipment and water sports Fair BOATEX 2017

On Sunday (19th of February), the Sailing Equipment and Water Sports Fair in Poznań, Boatex 2017, came to an end. During the three-days trade show not only magnificent motorboats have been presented but also kayaks, pontoons, surfboards, as well as sportswear and sailing accessories. Numerous offers on leisure water activities have also been presented.

An important part of the Boatex Fair has been the program of accompanying events, which gave the local governments and charter companies the opportunity to present educational blocks, lectures and workshops as well as to introduce the last offer on tourist products, in order to encourage more people to practice water tourism.

There has been also a promotional stand of the International Waterway E70, which appeared with a new design this year. At the stand, the recreational values of the waterway between the Oder River and the Vistula Lagoon were presented. The MDW E70 stand attracted much attention from visitors who were surprised by the new image of the exposition, including the waterway route map and the promotional film.

The president signed the act On the ratification of the Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance (AGN)

On 23rd January 2017, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, signed the act on the ratification of the European agreement on main inland waterways of international importance (AGN). The purpose of the agreement is to establish a legal framework necessary for the implementation of the development plan and construction of a network of inland waterways of international importance.

Meeting of the Interprovincial E70 Intenrational Waterway Committee in Torun

The state-municipal cooperation towards revitalization of E70 International Waterway, summary of the execution of operations in 2016, and the plan for 2017 in terms of the execution of the E70 International Waterway agreements were the main subjects discussed at the meeting of the E70 International Waterway Committee held on December 19th, 2016, in Torun. The Committee was joined by Lukasz Pieron, a representative of the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, who presented the status of the execution of plans for the development of inland navigation in Poland, and the ministry's plans for Polish waterways revitalization in the upcoming years.

One of the Ministry's key operations lately was the organization of the first session of the Steering Committee for Inland Waterway Investments, at which the members adopted a statute, discussed the results of the stock-taking and the department's operations related to restoration of navigability on the waterways, and appointed a working group of the Steering Committee. The next meeting of the working group of the Steering Committee has been scheduled for January 2017. The representative of Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation announced that the Sejm adopted the law ratifying the AGN Convention which would go to the Senate. Currently, changes to the existing Water Law and preparation to draw up a feasibility study for the planned development of waterways in Poland.

The Pomerania Province summarized the operations conducted in 2016 on the basis of the financial means provided by the signatories of the interprovincial agreements, including Lubuskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Wielkopolskie, and Warminsko-Mazurskie Province for revitalization of the waterway connecting the Oder and the Vistula with the Vistula Lagoon. Plans for the upcoming joint informational and promotional activities concerning the Polish section of the E70 International Waterway were discussed: the E70 International Waterway offer at the water tourism trade fairs in Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice, Szczecin, Nadarzyn, and Berlin. Moreover, a range of common activities related to the continuation of the promotional campaign of the Polish section of the E70 International Waterway in terms of organization of conferences, rallies, promotional materials and other publications printing, as well as of activities related to the involvement of the provinces in the revitalization of the transportation of the planned E70 International Waterway in the Polish section.

E70 International Waterway at Boot&Fun Trade Fair in Berlin

The E70 International Waterway was presented at a joint national booth alongside the offers of other regions during Boot & Fun Berlin 2016 trade fair held on November 23rd-27th, 2016.

After Düsseldorf, Boot & Fun Berlin is the second most important water tourism fair in Germany. That year the fair was attended by 700 exhibitors from 15 countries, who promoted not only luxurious yachts, kayaks or houseboats, but also offers related to fishing, among others. According to the organizers' estimates, the fair was visited by 42,000 people and over 550 boats were purchased.

The interest in water tourism in Germany is huge. Germans are eager to spend their free time on the water and the dynamic development of Polish marinas encourages such practice of tourism also in Poland.

The E70 International Waterway offer enjoyed significant interest from visitors who were often asking specific questions meaning that they were already familiar with this waterway. The quiz on Polish waterways, including the E70 International Waterway and the Zulawy Loop, prepared by the Polish National Tourist Office in Berlin also confirmed this. Those who answered the questions correctly were rewarded the Zulawy Loop towels, among other gifts.

Developing the Lower Vistula and using its potential

On 22 November 2016, at the Shipwreck Conservation Center in Tczew, the conference "Development and significance of the Lower Vistula for the regional and national economy" was held. The aim of the conference was to present the influence of the revitalization of the Lower Vistula on the development of the Tri-city seaports, rail and land transport, and the companies located in the area of the river's impact, as well as to discuss the possibilities of using the Lower Vistula's potential in many sectors of the economy.

The E70 International Waterway at Boatshow Trade Fair 2016 in Lodz

Last Saturday (November 13th) the Sailing and Water Sports Trade Fair BOATSHOW 2016 in Lodz came to an end. The three-day event was attended by 156 exhibitors from Poland, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Ukraine, and Sweden. Their booths presented luxurious yachts, superfast motorboats, and comfortable houseboats, among others. The BOATSHOW was not short of publications devoted to sailing either.

The Vistula – The Queen of the Polish rivers

On October 19th, 2016, in Torun the inauguration of the nationwide commemoration of the Year of the Vistula River 2017, established by the Sejm through the June 22nd, 2016 act, was held. The act stated that "The Vistula – The Queen of the Polish Rivers, constituting a symbol of the Polish character and patriotism, is our natural as well as historical and cultural heritage."

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