The Ministry of Infrastructure has approved a new plan for development of the Berdiansk seaport until the year 2038. The Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA) announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

“The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure has approved the short- and medium-term ‘Berdiansk Seaport Development Plan’ that was previously approved by the USPA,” the USPA said in a statement on Thursday.

According to the document, the plan provides for reconstruction of the seaport’s berths Nos. 6, 7, 8, and 9 (to increase their draft to 8 meters and improve berthing facilities), reconstruction of the Berdiansk Lifting and Transport Equipment Plant’s grain terminals (at the cost of USD 22 million, of which USD 2.4 million has already been invested), and reconstruction of the existing and construction of additional capacities at the grain terminals of Novaya Khortitsa LLC (USD 5.5 million, of which USD 57,000 has already been invested).

The Berdiansk seaport handled 1.43 million tons of cargo in the period of January-September 2018 (18.9% less than the volume it handled in the same period of the previous year) and 2.39 million tons in 2017 (37% less than it handled in 2016). According to the USPA registry, the port companies operating in the port are the state-owned Berdiansk Commercial Sea Port, Novaya Khortitsa LLC, Agro-Class LLC, Asket Shipping LLC, and PJSC Berdiansk Lifting and Transport Equipment Plant.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, the USPA’s tended for dredging in the ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk have failed. Tenders have been invited four times, but no contracts have been signed.