Two major European ferry operators are ready to enter the Ukrainian transport market. Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelian announced this at a news briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday, 16 August, the CFTS correspondent reports.

"Last week, I met with two major European ferry operators that are ready to enter the Ukrainian market," the minister said. He did not named these operators.

Omelian also instructed the head of the Ukrzaliznytsia public railway company create a decent team for ferry services.

The Minister also said that the situation involving departure of railcars from the Illichivsk port has stabilized and that the lines have reduced. "We have mobilized all available ferries and resources," Omelian said.

As reported, railcars piled up at the Illichivsk Ferry station because of the rerouting of cargo traffic to bypass Russia, which blocked transportation of Ukrainian goods on transit through its territory. Ferries transport railcars from Illichivsk to Poti and Batumi. On this route, the Ukrferry company (Ukraine) operates three ferries with a capacity of 50 universal railcars and 50 TIR trucks and the Navibulgar company (Bulgaria) operates two ferries with a capacity of 108 railcars and 100 heavy trucks.