The liberation of Snake Island (Zmiinyi Island) and the unblocking of the Bystre estuary, which has made the passage of merchant ships through the estuary possible, is saving businesses at least USD 0.5 million per day.

This was announced by the Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA), the CFTS portal reports.

"The additional window of opportunity will allow the pace of pilotage of grain carriers to Danube ports to be sped up. Simultaneously, we are working with our Romanian counterparts to make logistics processes as fast and efficient as possible," said Oleksii Vostrykov, the head of the USPA.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced a plan to almost double the volume of transshipment of goods in Danube ports to 25 million tons per year. The development of the Danube port cluster has been identified as one of the priorities of the work of the British-Ukrainian Group on Rebuilding Infrastructure.

Implementation of these plans will help to avoid a humanitarian disaster inside the country and prevent a global food crisis as a result of Russia’s military aggression.

The USPA recently switched to weekly planning of ship calls at Danube ports via the Sulina canal to ensure efficient operation of the businesses.