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The Ukraine Crisis

On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict that began in 2014. Russian now controls the Azov Sea and occupies the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. It has also blockaded all Ukrainian Black Sea ports which are currently closed to all shipping. This category includes all aspects of the conflict affecting ports – port status and alternative export routes. (Updated 24.06.2022)

Integration of Ukrainian ports into the EU transport network

Stockholm, Sweden (Ports Europe) June 4, 2024 – Ports of Stockholm, together with the law firm Interlegal, headquartered in Odessa (Odesa), and the...

Transport links to Russia-occupied Crimea under siege

Kavkaz, Russia (Ports Europe) June 1, 2024 – A ferry crossing and an oil terminal at the port of Kavkaz (Caucasus), on the Russian side of the Kerch...

Russian oil ship-to-ship operations seek new ports in the Mediterranean Sea

Piraeus, Greece (Ports Europe) May 26, 2024 – Earlier this month, Greece started issuing NAVTEX notices which inform all shipping to stay away from...

Novorossiysk port hit by Ukrainian drones again

Novorossiysk, Russia (Ports Europe) May 17, 2024 – Ukraine’s sea and air drones attacked Russia’s largest port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea in...

European Commissioner for Agriculture visits the Port of Constanta

Constanta, Romania (Ports Europe) May 16, 2024 – Two days ago, the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, visited the Black Sea...

Bulgarian navy again destroyed sea mine near Varna

Varna, Bulgaria (Ports Europe) May 14, 2024 – The Bulgarian navy destroyed with a controlled explosion yet another naval mine floating about 3 km from the...

45 mln tonnes of cargo via the Ukrainian Black Sea Corridor

Odesa, Ukraine (Ports Europe) May 12, 2024 – Since August 2023, during the nine months of operation of the “Ukrainian Black Sea Corridor”,...

Occupied Berdyansk port grain terminal restored

Berdyansk, Ukraine (Ports Europe) May 11, 2024 – The Novaya Khortytsia grain terminal in Ukraine’s Azov Sea port of Berdyansk (occupied by Russia four days...

Lithuania and Ukraine plan intermodal corridor

Kiev, Ukraine (Ports Europe) May 10, 2024 – Lithuania’s state-owned rail company LTG Group and Ukrainian Railways are planning a joint...

EU set to close its ports to ships helping Russia, new sanctions

Brussels, Belgium (Ports Europe) May 7, 2024 – The European Union (EU) is set to ban the use of EU ports by ships transporting goods that might help...

Qortia resumes grain shipments from Ukraine’s Pivdennyi port

Odessa, Ukraine (Ports Europe) May 2, 2024 – Qortia AG (Switzerland), a trading and logistics company, has resumed grain shipments from Ukraine’s...

Ukraine restores Black Sea container feeder service

Chornomorsk, Ukraine (Ports Europe) May 1, 2024 – The 1,118-TEU Pros Hope, a cellular container vessel chartered by the Ukrainian freight forwarder...

Russian ballistic missiles again hit Ukraine’s Pivdennyi port

Pivdennyi, Ukraine (Ports Europe) April 21, 2024 – Two ballistic missiles hit the territory of Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Pivdennyi (Yuzhny, Yuzhnyi)...

First ship with containers arrived in Chornomorsk since Feb 2022

Chornomorsk, Ukraine (Ports Europe) April 6, 2024 – The first ship with containers since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February...

Analysis: Quo Vadis, Russian Black Sea Navy?

Kyiv, Ukraine (Ports Europe) March 26, 2024 – In the past several days, Ukraine reported hitting with missiles a total of four Russian Black Sea Navy...

Russia dredges occupied Mariupol port

Mariupol, Ukraine (Ports Europe) March 25, 2024 – Dredging work is underway in the Russia-occupied Ukrainian Azov Sea port of Mariupol in the...

Ukraine shipped 1.33 mt of grain through Constanta in Jan-Feb 24

Constanța, Romania (Ports Europe) March 20, 2024 – Ukraine shipped 1.33 million tonnes of grain through Romania’s Black Sea port of Constanta in...

Turkey wants to revive the Black Sea grain deal

Ankara, Turkey (Ports Europe) March 17, 2024 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara would continue to work to revive the Black Sea grain deal it...

Ukraine to resume Black Sea container shipments by end-March

Odesa, Ukraine (Ports Europe) March 15, 2024 – Ukraine wants to resume container shipments along the Ukrainian Black Sea corridor by the end of March, the...

Update: Soviet era naval mine destroyed near Varna port

Varna, Bulgaria (Ports Europe) March 14, 2024 – The Bulgarian Navy destroyed a naval mine on March 13 with a controlled explosion. It was spotted in the...

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