As part of a working trip to Mariupol, the seaport was visited by the Head of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Reforms of Ukraine Mikhail Saakashvili.
Accompanied by and. about. the director of the Mariupol port Igor Barsky and the mayor Vadim Boychenko, he visited the territory of the enterprise. In particular, at the 18th berth, where a high-tech terminal for processing steel sheets is located, and at the 4th, where a modern grain complex is being built, as well as in the main dispatching office of the port.
Igor Barskiy introduced the guest to the history of the enterprise, talked about how the volume of cargo handling has changed from year to year since the beginning of the military-political crisis in Donbass, and how the enterprise is solving the problem of increasing cargo flows.
Mikhail Saakashvili was interested in the prospects for the return of container lines, the possibility of a large-tonnage fleet entering the Sea of Azov after the construction of the Kerch Bridge. And especially - the situation that has developed in connection with the order of the Russian side to ban the passage of naval ships and state ships through the Kerch Canal.
In the main dispatching office of the port, Mikhail Saakashvili was shown online what is happening now in this section of the water area.
While the situation is normal, the merchant fleet freely passes through the canal to the Sea of Azov, which was convincingly evidenced by ten ships at the berths of the Mariupol port. But the problem of the passage of ships under the state flag of Ukraine remains unresolved, which is a big problem for the port, because with the closure of the Azov shipyard, the closest base for the repair of tugs and a specialized fleet is the Black Sea Kherson.