The volume of transshipment of all types of cargoes in Ukraine’s Danube ports increased 3.7 times to 1.4 million tons in June, compared with March.
Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov announced this during working trips to the ports of Izmail and Reni, Ukraine’s largest Danube ports, the CFTS portal reports.
"The Russian blockade of seaports has already put hundreds of millions of lives at risk. To prevent world hunger and allow our farmers to export their products, we have partly reoriented logistics to river ports. The results of this work are already obvious: the volume of transshipment of all groups of cargoes in Danube ports has increased 3.7 times since March to 1.4 million tons in June," he said.
Kubrakov emphasized that work to develop auxiliary railway infrastructure to increase the export potential of ports is simultaneously underway.
"To attract European investments in the development of Danube ports, we are working with the EU to include the Ukrainian part of the Danube in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). In addition, thanks to the liberation of the Snake Island by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, we have been able to open the Bystre Estuary of the Danube-Black Sea waterway to ships transporting agricultural products," the minister of infrastructure said.
However, according to him, the export capacities of the Danube ports, the railway, and roads are insufficient to replace seaports fully.