INTERNATIONAL WATERWAY E70
IW E70 joins western Europe, from Antwerp and Rotterdam, through the Berlin Interchange Waterway System and the Northern Poland, with the Kaliningrad region, and farther, by the system of water way through Pergoła and Dejma Rivers to Klaipeda. The Polish section goes through the Odra to Kostrzń, where it joins the water way Odra-Vistula. The route leads for 68 km by the Warta, 187 km by the Noteć, 24,5 km by the Bydgoszcz Canal and 14,4 km by the Brda until it joins the Vistula (and IW E40) in Bydgoszcz Interchange Water System. Next, the route goes 114 km by the Vistula, 62 km by the Nogat, 35 km by The Vistula Lagoon up to the border with Kaliningrad district. To IW E70 system we also count the Szkarpawa, Elbląg River and Jagiellonian Canal.
The Polish section of IW E70 is a very picturesque and diverse route. Beginning with the Odra, where it meets the very high level of international standards of sailing routes, through the Noteć, where it meanders lazily among the meadow landscapes. Currently, IW E70 can be classified to the II class, except for the part of the Noteć from the mouth of the Drawa to the link with the Bydgoszcz Canal, where only parameters of class I b are fulfilled, and the part of the Odra, which corresponds to parameters of III class of sailing route. E 70 is canalized by means of 28 water levels, one of which - Czersko Polaskie Lock in Bydgoszcz is a new one, put into use in 1999. The other locks are mostly not electrified buildings, built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gdańska Głowa and Przegalina are the only exceptions. The width of the water route fluctuates between 16 m and 25 m. The minimum arc radius is 4m. The guaranteed depth of this route is 1,2 m to 1,5 m, and the border speed limit of the ships is 8 km/h.
The major part of the route is now the place of dynamic self-government and private investments which significantly improve water sports infrastructure. The most spectacular projects executed between 2010 – 2012 are: rebuilding the east boulevard in Gorzów Wielkopolski, building marinas and ports in Czarnków, Drawsko, Nakło nad Notecią, building marina in Bydgoszcz and Ujście, carrying out the project of’ the Żuławy Loop- the development of water tourism stage I’ (ports and harbours in Tczew, Drewnica, Biała Góra, Malbork, Osłonka, Błotnik, Braniewo, Krynica Morska, Nowa Paslęka, Elbląg and Tolkmicko) or modernization and adaptation of Zygmunt August boulevard in Elbląg to water sports enthusiasts’ needs. These are only some of numerous self-government and private projects and initiatives, which are going to change the conditions for inland sailing in Poland for good and restore its due place, both in field of logistics and tourism.
IW E70 – THE EAST-WEST (E-W) STRETCH
THE BYDGOSZCZ CANAL
IW E70 – THE SOUTH-NORTH (S-N) STRETCH
THE VISTULA LAGOON
THE ELBLĄG RIVER AND THE JAGIELLONIAN CANAL
THE MARTWA WISŁA, THE ŚMIAŁA WISŁA, THE GDAŃSK MOTŁAWA
WATERWAY SIGNS AND MARKING
SCHEMES OF LOCKS AND HARBOURS