Lifted out of the water, a huge blue ferry towers over the quay, its propeller suspended in mid-air above brick warehouses. Workers in overalls and red helmets scurry about, as cranes tilt and swing into action.
These shipyards were once written off as a historical relic, famous not for the ships they built but for the communist system they sank. As Poland embraced thefree market, Gdansk went into steep decline.
But not any more. The yards have undergone a remarkable renewal, emblematic of the new Poland: successful, competitive, and outward looking.