The Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company (UDP) plans to increase the number of operational barges in its fleet to 220-225 soon.

The UDP announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

In addition, in the short- or medium-term future, the UDP’s management plans to complete a program for equipping the company’s fleet with a data monitoring system and launch an online fleet dispatching system “capable of making management decisions when a ship deviates from its voyage task.”

The company’s plan to launch its own stevedore line remains on track.

As reported, the Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company’s acting General Director Dmytro Moskalenko said in an interview with the CFTS portal in July that the company currently operates 200 barges. He also said that the UDP had a vision of being not only a cargo carrier on the River Danube, but also a stevedoring company. In particular, it plans to install ship-loading machines that will load cargoes from berths onto ships. The approximate transshipment volume will be 30,000-40,000 tons per month.