The Mariupol Commercial Seaport intends to develop a complex for transshipment of grain and containers. The state-owned seaport’s Director Oleksandr Oliinyk announced this at the Ukrainian Ports Forum 2018, the CFTS portal reports.

According to him, the seaport experienced a significant drop in cargo traffic after the outbreak of hostilities in the east of the country. Its main task now is to find alternative sources of cargoes.

Primarily, this will involve creation of a specialized complex for grain transshipment. The company intends to invest UAH 501.7 million of its own funds in the facility. The seaport is implementing the first phase of the project. It involves installation of 10 silos with a capacity of 5,700 tons each with the capability of unloading trains and trucks and installation of a ship loading facility with a capacity of up to 1,000 tons per hour.

The seaport plans to implement the second phase with funds from private investors. It will includes installation of equipment for unloading railway wagons, four silos with a capacity of 2,000 tons, 13 silos for storing grain with a capacity of 74,100 tons, grain dryers, a ship loading machine, etc. The second phase of the project requires UAH 387 million, Oliinyk said.