Prospects for international cooperation were discussed during a visit to Odesa region by Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration of Ukraine and Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development. The ports of the Danube Region were also visited by American and European partners: U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Bridget Brink, USAID Mission Director to Ukraine James Hope, Director-General of the Danube Commission Secretariat Manfred Seitz, and a representative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport Alain Baron.
“Danube ports are a stable route for the export of products. Last year, more than 16 million tonnes of cargo passed through them. This included the products from Ukrainian farmers. This year, we plan to handle at least 20 million tonnes via the Danube,” said Oleksandr Kubrakov. “Despite the fact that today the ports of Izmail, Reni and Ust-Dunaisk have reached their full capacity, there is potential for further development. This includes modernising and upgrading port infrastructure, attracting investment to build new terminals and dredging. The investment required is at least USD 120 million.”
Dredging has already begun, and all the certified characteristics of the harbours and canals have been restored. The current draught is 6.5 metres. In the sea ports of Izmail and Reni, the necessary infrastructure has been prepared and the handling of new cargo flows – containers, liquid bulk, grain and other cargoes – has been organised.
The rail link between Berezyno and Basarabeasca has been restored, allowing cargo to reach the ports relatively quickly. Work continues on the link between Giurgiuleşti on the Ukrainian-Moldovan border and the Romanian port of Galați.
Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov and his American and European partners discussed the first results of launching additional port capacities: