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Do Polish ports comply with International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS)?

Yes, all ports and terminals comply with the ISPS Code

What international accreditation does ISS Poland have?

ISS Poland holds ISO 9001 accreditation issued by LRQA, and is regularly audited through ISS’ global Quality Management System, to ensure our performance meets the highest standards.

Can ISS keep me updated with important information on water levels in Polish ports?

ISS keep customers and Masters fully informed about water level movements to help them decide on their loading schedule, whilst also ensuring that the vessel’s draught is safely within limits. This ensures that customers can reduce the chance of being delayed in port until the water level rises back to its optimum level, helping to avoid any unnecessary costs.

Can crew changes be made in Poland? Is it possible to arrange visas there?

Poland is party to the Schengen agreement meaning most European citizens can enter Poland with proof of identification only. Non-Polish nationals joining a vessel’s crew in Poland must either obtain a Polish or Schengen visa in their home country or fly to Schengen country airports and obtain a visa upon their arrival there. ISS Poland has cooperative relations with visa agents all over Europe, including in non-EU countries, and is able to provide them with the information they need to complete crew changes. We can help arrange visas through the local Immigration office for those crew members leaving a ship within 24 hours.

We can also provide assistance with invitation letters, meet and greet service, all other Customs and Immigration formalities, hotel accommodation, transport arrangements, tickets, medical care and port passes. Each of the country’s ports is within an hour’s drive of an international airport and there is a wide range of hotels throughout the country.

What bunkers, provisions, waste disposal and fresh water facilities are available in Poland?

Typical bunker grades, including low sulfur diesel are available. Small quantities are delivered by truck and larger supplies – in excess of 30 cubic meters – are carried by barge. Local ship chandlers can provide most provisions on request at any time of the day or night. Waste disposal is obligatory in Polish ports and small quantities are collected by port authority services, the cost of which is covered by tonnage dues. For larger quantities, ISS can arrange for waste to be collected by port-approved contractors at competitive prices. Fresh water is available in all the country’s ports.

Is there congestion in Polish ports?

No, there is normally no waiting time provided that the vessel arrives within laycan days as per Charter Party. Laycan days must be agreed in advance by customers and the terminal. ISS monitors each terminal’s schedule and readiness, and can supply vessel line ups upon request.

Are Outside Port Limits (OPL) services available in Poland?

Outer harbour anchorages are available in Swinoujscie/Szczecin and Gdansk/Gdynia. Bunkers, supplies, crew changes, spare parts, medical assistances can be arranged but all are subject to prior Polish Maritime Authorities approval.

What should we know about the ice conditions in Polish ports?

Icing and occurrence of the ice in Polish ports is changing every year. In severe and critical conditions the first ice on the Gdanska Bay appears not earlier than 10th November and disappears about the 1st of April. Szczecin-Swinoujscie 15th November – 15th April

Exports – Commodities

  • Machinery and transport equipment
  • Intermediate manufactured goods
  • Miscellaneous manufactured goods
  • Food and live animals
  • Exports – Partners
  • Germany 24.9%
  • France 6.2%
  • Italy 6%
  • UK 5.7%
  • Czech Republic 5.6%
  • Russia 5.3%
  • Other 46.3%
  • Imports - Commodities
  • Machinery and transport equipment
  • Intermediate manufactured goods
  • Chemicals
  • Minerals, fuels, lubricants, and related materials.
  • Imports - Partners
  • Germany 28.3%
  • Russia 9.9%
  • Italy 6.2%
  • Netherlands 5.4%
  • France 4.8%
  • China 4.5%
  • Czech Republic 4%
  • Other 36.9%


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