||Sea transport, including maritime shipping and seaports, is the important link of maritime management, which serves for dislocating cargoes, goods and persons. Data specified in the chart 1 show importance and part of this link of economy. The current structure of sea transport in Szczecin Province is created by big merchant seaports (Szczecin, Świnoujście), chemical sea-river port of Police, small ports, lagoon havens and numerous trans-shipment quays, which belong to companies from beyond of the maritime management. The most significant for servicing West Pomerania hinterland is railway transport (87,5 %), after it in further sequence: inland water - 11,4 % and motor transport 1,4 %. The two biggest ports create organizationally united body, administrated by Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Authority (State Owned Limited Liability Company). The said state owned limited liability company had been established on 10 V 1991 and created 17 limited liability companies to carrying service and economical activities on ports' areas. In 1996 more than 16 million tons of cargoes (including 8,2 million tons of coal) were handled in water regions belonging to Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Authority, and more than 7 million tons at independent quays. Transit of goods through these ports remains on the level of 2,3 million tons. Port of Police serves mainly Zakłady Chemiczne Police Ltd. (delivering of raw materials and transportation of final products). Apart from specified ports there are a dozen or so small ports at Szczecin Lagoon and Pomeranian Bay toast. Their functions were formed in a natural way and reflect traditionally carried economical activity (servicing of the Baltic Sea and Szczecin Lagoon fishery, water transport, sightseeing and recreation). The current structure of the maritime shipping is created by the following Shipowner Companies: - Polish Steamship Company, the biggest Polish Shipowner, exists in established structure called as "Grupa PŻM", consisting of the "Mother" partnership and 34 "daughter" partnerships; -Euroafrica Shipping Lines Co. Ltd. (PLO - former Polish Ocean Lines branch office); -POLFERRIES, the biggest Polish ferry carrier, basing itself on the Sea Ferry Terminal at Świnoujście, with the Head Office at Kołobrzeg. There has been a competition led by ports of Hamburg and Rotterdam for several years, tending to take over the traditional Polish market of transit cargoes. Polish merchant navy is subordinate to rules of the world freight market being simultaneously under objective and subjective restructuring.