Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the meeting of the Maritime Convent in Gdynia

 “The Polish shipping industry has a huge potential,” said the head of government at the meeting of the Maritime Convent that preceded the launch of the “Independence Cruise” by the ship “Dar Młodzieży”.

Photo: Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister stressed that Poland is not yet fully exploiting all the possibilities in the shipbuilding industry. “We have four times weaker maritime industry than before the II World War, and at the same time the maritime border of our country is almost four times longer,” he stated. “It is a sad legacy of the Third Polish Republic,” assessed Mateusz Morawiecki.

The head of government said that the presence of Poland at seas is necessary, since 80% of the worldwide trade takes place there. He ensured that the government supports the maritime industry and invests in its development. He gave an example of buying the shipyard in Gdynia from a receiver and of supporting the harbour in Gdańsk.

The Prime Minister assessed that the development of modern sectors of the maritime industry is a chance for Poland to be a part of the group of maritime economy leaders in Europe again. “Before it happens, Poland will have to be catching-up at least for a decade, but after 10 or 20 years Polish harbours should be – beside Hamburg – perceived as belonging to the most important in Europe,” he stated. As he added, in order to achieve it, it is necessary to open up to innovations and young people.

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