Lithuania and Poland to strengthen cooperation in the field of maritime transport


2018 03 09


Mr. Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications, and Mr. Marek Józef Gróbarczyk, Polish Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, meeting today in Vilnius discussed further cooperation of the countries in the field of maritime transport. Plans for the nearest future include cooperation of Lithuanian and Polish seaports, joint projects of European transport facilities as well as cooperation in organization of the annual event of International Maritime Organization to be held for the first time in the Baltic Region.

“The cooperation agreement in the area of navigation signed today in Vilnius by the Directorate of Polish seaports of Szczecin and Świnoujście and Klaipėda State Seaport Directorate is important for both countries. It aims to develop navigation connections between the ports, to exchange information on shipment of goods and expansion of facilities, and to promote cooperation of navigation companies, importers, exporters and forwarders in each of the seaports,” – said Minister R. Masiulis.

The Polish Minister M. Gróbarczyk invited the Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications R. Masiulis to come to Szczecin to the World Sea Day in June 2018. The event is organized by the Polish Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the IMO and it is planned to discuss the issues of green and smart navigation, cyber safety in navigation, new navigation connections and other issues.

In the frame of the event it is also planned to hold a meeting of the Secretariat of Maritime Affairs on the topic “Seaports on the Road of the Initiative “One Belt One Road” within the China's 16+1cooperation format. The ministers agreed for the need of common approach, how to ensure the capacities of the Baltic Region to serve the train flow between Asia and Europe.

In the field of transport Lithuania and Poland are cooperating in numerous projects: development of “Via Baltica” and “Via Carpatia”, European-gauge railway project “Rail Baltica”, the Baltic Functional Airspace Block created by both countries, and cooperation of seaports. Recently a representative agency of JSC “Lithuanian Railways” was established in Poland. In order to expand diplomatic representation of business interests, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is also planning to establish the office of transport attaché in the Lithuanian embassy in Poland.