The volume of maintenance dredging performed by the dredging fleet of the Ukrainian Seaport Authority (USPA) increased by 13% to 1.3 million cubic meters in the period of January-October 2018, compared with the period of January-October 2017, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.

“However, the amount of work that needs to be done is much more. We have invited tenders from contractors for implementation of seven projects involving dredging of more than 5.5 million cubic meters in 2018 alone,” the USPA said.

As reported, the USPA’s Delta-Pilot subsidiary invited tenders for supply of a new dredger on October 9.

The USPA intends to double the planned volume of major and maintenance dredging in Ukrainian ports, canals, and inland waterways to 16.335 million cubic meters in 2019, compared with 2018.

The state-owned USPA was established in 2013. It oversees the operations of the 13 seaports in Ukraine. The USPA collects port charges and provides general maintenance services. It has an office in every port, which operates as the port authority.