This morning, a delegation led by the Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms. Ann Linde, visited the port of Mariupol.
Accompanied by the acting director of the port Igor Barsky, the chairman of the Donetsk regional state administration, the head of the regional military-civil administration Pavel Kirilenko and representatives of the city and district council of Mariupol, Mrs. Ann Linde visited the 18th berth, where a high-tech terminal for transshipment of steel leaf and on the fourth, where a powerful grain complex is being built.
The OSCE Chairman was shown the only icebreaker in Ukraine, and also told about the situation in the Kerch-Yenikalsky Canal.
The dominant topic for Ann Linde was security issues, in particular, about freedom of navigation in the Black and Azov Seas. But in a conversation with Igor Barsky, she was also very interested in the capacity of the Mariupol port and the range of cargo. Because, as it turned out, the maritime theme for ladies Ann Linde is about personally, because she herself comes from one of the Swedish cities where there is a seaport.
Igor Barskiy noted that the Mariupol port is the most powerful in the Azov Sea, as evidenced by facts and figures.
“By 2014, our port consistently handled 14-15 million tons of cargo annually, and there was a year, and 17.5 million tons. At that time, metal products were supplied to us from ten enterprises in the east of Ukraine. There were many building materials and containers. In order to return the lost part of the cargo, we are building a grain complex, this is all for the future, for our children, "- said Igorb Barsky.