By Jaroslaw Adamowski

The Russian government has released a decree that includes a plan to build a new marina in the country’s Kaliningrad exclave on the shores of Russia’s Baltic Sea. The designed facility is to be fitted with up to 200 berths.

Under the plan, the marina is to be located in Pionersky, a town of slightly more than 11,000 inhabitants. Pionersky is located 40km northwest of the city of Kaliningrad along the Baltic Sea, between two of the exclave’s summer resorts, Svetlogorsk and Zelenogradsk.

“The decision [to build a new marina] was made to use the harbour of Pionersky mainly as a tourist attraction, but considering the requirements of the fishing industry,” according to the Regional Tourism Information Centre in Kaliningrad.

The marina is to be completed by the end of 2017 as part of a project that is estimated to be worth some US$224m, according to data released by Russia’s state-run Rosmorport, which operates and develops the country’s seaports.

The quays of the new marina will total up to 1,316 metres. Pionersky is the only ice-free port on Russia’s Baltic Sea.