A regular ferry service linking Skadovsk (Kherson region) and Istanbul (Turkey) will launch in early November. The Kherson region’s Governor Andrii Putylov announced this on the Kherson region’s Skifiya television channel, the Ukrinform news agency reports.

"An Istanbul-Skadovsk ferry service will launch in early November. It is a very interesting infrastructure project that will give Kherson a second wind," he said.

The governor expressed the hope that the launch the ferry service will facilitate development of logistics and creation of new enterprises in the region, thanks to improved international links. The company that will operate the ferry service was not named.

As reported, dredging aimed at increasing the depths of the waters and channel of the Skadovsk seaport by one meter began in February. It was stated that the port would be able to receive large-capacity ferries from Turkey as a result of the dredging work. The ferries are expected to carry up to 40,000 trucks loaded with goods annually.

The 169,800 tons of cargo that passed through the berths of the Skadovsk seaport in the period of January-August 2014 were 35% more than the volume that passed through in the same period of last year.