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The head of the Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA), Yurii Lytvyn, has said that the Ministry of Development of Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure and the Ukrainian Armed Forces of Ukraine are working together to broaden the range of cargoes currently handled by Ukrainian ports.

The CFTS portal reported this, citing the Interfax Ukraine news agency.

"The Ministry of Infrastructure, together with the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Seaports Authority, is working to broaden the acceptance of cargo that may be damaged (during Russian attacks on port infrastructure). I am talking about container and ferry transportation," said Lytvyn.

Asked about the fate of the port in Mykolaiv, the head of the USPA explained that the USPA pays great attention to the fate of the port and constantly consults with the military.

"The military leadership is unanimous in its position: unblocking the operations of the port of Mykolaiv is impossible for security reasons. The ports in the Mykolaiv region are under direct enemy fire from potentially dangerous areas. The military does not give any forecasts (as to when the ports can be reopened)," he said.

Earlier, the USPA said that its plans for 2024 include expanding the range of cargo handled in the ports of Greater Odesa by adding containers.

In addition, the Ministry of Development of Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure is working on announcing tenders for concession projects in the port of Chornomorsk in 2024. These are projects and individual tenders for the port's Container Terminal, Terminal No. 1, and Ferry Terminal.