Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) December 5, 2018 – Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) reports that the current situation with shipping in the Azov Sea remains difficult. Seventeen vessels wait to visit the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. The passage of several ships in the first days of December does not solve the problems, which led to almost double reduction of the number of vessels to Ukrainian ports.
Unhindered passage of vessels through the Kerch Strait would increase the volume of transshipment in Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea by almost 800,000 annually.
This was discussed on Monday, December 3, 2018, at a press conference by Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) head Raivis Veckagans
“Over the past five years, due to military actions in the Donbass, the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait and this year’s unjustified delays, the Mariupol and Berdyansk ports have reduced transshipment volumes by almost half – to 8.9 million tons. This is, first of all, the export of Ukrainian producers to countries such as Italy, the USA, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Great Britain, France, Syria”, he said.
According to him, the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk have already faced the fact that the passage of vessels through the Kerch Strait was closed for several days – during the installation of the arches of the Kerch Bridge. However, the current delay was much longer. In fact, the vessels that traveled to the Azov ports of Ukraine could not pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea from November 22 until the beginning of December. “On December 1 and 2, 6 ships were pushed by the pressure from the leadership of our state and international partners to the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk , one of which was waiting for a passage from November 17,” said Veckagans.
He added that the Azov ports are ready to work at full capacity and are able, subject to the unhindered passage of vessels through the Kerch Strait, to increase the transshipment of cargo by 800,000 tons per year.
To this end, USPA continues the implementation of dredging projects and reconstructing the berths, implementing joint investment projects with stevedoring companies and preparing for ice navigation on the Azov.
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