On June 17th 2023, PGZ Stocznia Wojenna in Gdynia hosted the cornerstone ceremony for an investment related to the Miecznik Programme – the construction of three ultra-modern frigates for the Polish Navy. Among the many guests at the ceremony was Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin, who emphasised the role of the Polish Navy in Poland’s defence.

Construction of the hull hall, the tallest in the Polish shipbuilding industry, and a modern production hall began in March 2023. The Hull Hall of the PGZ Stocznia Wojenna in Gdynia will be made of steel construction, with a height of 43 metres. The large-size gates will reach similar dimensions: 43 metres high and 34 metres wide, and the cranes will be able to lift up to 100 tonnes. This will be one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. The investment will significantly increase the shipyard’s production capacity.

– When the Shipyard’s assets were taken over from the Syndicate in 2017, few believed that ships for our Navy would be built on the site again, said Paweł Lulewicz, President of PGZ Naval Shipyard. – We have come a long and difficult way since then. The situation is not yet ideal, but there are many indications that we are moving in the right direction. Thanks to the changes that have been implemented at the Shipyard, we have been able to rebuild the trust of the Navy, business partners and employees.

At the current stage of the project, demolition work has been completed and piling work has been done under the production hall building and the office building. Sanitary and electrical networks are currently being constructed. Demolition work is continuing on the hull hall, and piling work for the foundations of the hull hall has started. There are currently 25 equipment units and about 60 workers on site.

– We have finished reinforced concrete work on the foundations of the office building and begun assembling the prefabricated structure of the office building and the production hall, as well as hydrotechnical work related to the strengthening of the wharf,” says Sylwia Rogall, project director with the NDI Group. – We plan to start assembling the steel structure of the hull hall at the end of July.

The completion of the construction investments is planned for August 2024. Earlier, in August 2023, the construction of the first of three Miecznik-type frigates is planned to start on the premises of the PGZ Naval Shipyard.

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