According to the River Information Service of Ukraine (RIS) of the Delta-Pilot branch, in the first 4 months of 2021, river cargo transportation along the Dnieper amounted to 3.12 million tons and increased by 1.2 million tons compared to the same period last year. This was announced by the Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikliy.
“The start of the reform of river transport and the restoration of inland waterways remain one of the priority tasks of the Ministry of Infrastructure for this year. And we continue to actively prepare the relevant by-laws for the implementation of the new law "On Inland Water Transport", as well as for the creation of a separate State Fund for Inland Waterways, from which the river infrastructure will need to be modernized and restored in the future. Already, in the first 4 months of this year, freight traffic on the Dnieper has increased by 1.2 million tons compared to the same period in 2020. I hope this positive trend will continue in the future, ”he said.
3465 flights were carried out during January-April of this year, compared to 1694 flights for the same period in 2020.
The main share of cargo is construction, the volume of transportation of which increased by 126% and reached 1.97 million tons. In second place is grain (804.8 thousand tons - 2% less than in January-April 2020). The river also actively transports metal products (340 thousand tons, which is 68% more than last year).
In addition, thanks to the work on the Dnieper and Pripyat rivers, necessary to restore full-fledged ship traffic on the Dnieper, diesel fuel suppliers were able to start their first river deliveries.
Recall that at the end of 2020, river transportation of metal products increased by 7% compared to 2019 - up to 1.83 million tons.