In May, 1,300,000 tons of products shipped through ports on the Danube
There are 18 ports in Ukraine, 5 of which were temporarily occupied in 2014 during the occupation of Crimea. The ports of Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kherson and Skadovsk have been temporarily occupied since February 24. By order of the Ministry of Infrastructure, they are closed.
Dmytro Barinov, Deputy Head of the Seaports Administration in Charge of Government Relations made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform.
“Six ports — Odesa, Pivdennyi, Chornomorsk and the north-western part of the Black Sea – are blocked by the russian navy. They mined areas of approach. There are working ports in the Danube direction. All exports, mostly agricultural, are directed to these ports. But they are not ready for such volumes of products. In March, only a total of 400 tons of cargo was shipped, in April — 800 tons, in May — 1,300,000 tons and in June we are trying to reach 1.5 million tons of shipments,” — he said.
Before the war, all Ukrainian ports shipped 5 million tons, now it is less than a third of pre-war volumes. Seaports and Danube ports cannot be compared.
“In the long run, it is possible to build large unloading facilities, but this requires appropriate funding,” — added Dmytro Barinov.
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