The "Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine" State Enterprise is going to invest USD 43,6 million (UAH 1,22 billion) in the purchase and repair of ships of its own fleet in 2019. This was stated by Chairman of the enterprise, Raivis Veckagans, Ports of Ukraine website reports.
"Last year, we have received 24 vessels from Ukrvodshlyakh State company. Today, the total number of ships Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine has on its balance is 162 vessels. In 2018, we have invested USD 3,6 million (UAH 100 million), in 2019 our investment plan is USD 9,6 million (270 million UAH) so that we could implement the fleet repair program. And in the future, our goal is to carry out dredging by our own fleet," said Veckagans.
According to the official, the fleet development program provides for the acquisition of three pilot boats, a suction dredger and a measuring boat in 2019. The total investment will amount to 34 million USD (950 million UAH).
"During the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the marine industry of Ukraine incurred losses in the amount of almost $361 million if taking together the state enterprises, Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and the influence on the region," Ukraine's Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian noted, as UNIAN reported.
“This amount is enormous, the losses constitute about $361 millions if taking together state enterprises, Ukrainian sea ports authority and the influence on the region. We always took this situation seriously, starting from the construction of the Kerch Strait bridge. We warned that this would serve as a Putin’s political instrument to close the Kerch Strait and the water area of Azov sea,” Omelian said.
After the actual crisis in the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian part tried to increase the awareness of the states-members of anti Russian coalition.
“It had a positive effect since not everyone understood the nature of the conflict and the possible consequences. However, when the members of EU realized that the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea would follow the Azov sea their attitude changed,” Omelian added.