In order to improve navigation safety and minimize the possibility of accidents, the Liepāja Special Economic Zone Authority continues to implement the EU Cohesion Fund project No 18.104.22.168/17/I/004 "Renovation of the Hydrotechnical Structures of the Karosta Canal and the Northern Gate".
On October 23 of this year, the JSC "BMGS" company will start implementation of the last component of the project - construction of the protective barriers in the Karosta Canal alongside the supports of O. Kalpaks Bridge. Construction of the protective barriers is planned for both - the left and the right sides of the bridge, which would protect the bridge from possible accidents. The last of them happened in 2006, when the Georgian tanker "Anna" driven by a careless captain crashed into the abutment of the northern part of the bridge, causing such serious damage that it took four years to restore the bridge. The protective barriers are designed to be able to repel the impact of a moving ship of up to 150 m length. The bridge was built in 1906 is an engineering monument, thus, the new constructions will protect its historical appearance from damaging.
Within the framework of the 2014-2020 EU fund planning period, the Liepaja SEZ Authority implemented a wide-ranging development projects:
The project "Development of the Land Access Roads to the Port of Liepaja", total eligible costs of the project: EUR 5,853,368.57;
The project "Improving the Water Infrastructure of the Port of Liepaja", the total eligible costs of the project: EUR 30,287,974.95;
Project "Renovation of Hydrotechnical Structures of the Karosta Canal and the Northern Gate", total eligible costs of the project: EUR 4,013,191.10.
Implementation of the abovementioned projects is directly related to the achievement of the goals of the National Development Plan of the Republic of Latvia for the period from 2014 to 2020. An important role in the country's economic development is played by multimodal transit corridors, which are made up of transit roads, railways, and ports, which allow for an increasing volume of goods transported along the transit corridors and contribute to the formation of new manufacturing and service industries in Latvia.