The Kerch Strait Ferry Line, linking southern Russia’s Krasnodar region with Crimea, will stop freight services May 1 in an effort to increase the capacity for passengers, the United Transport Directorate of Russia said Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports.
“Since the beginning of the tourist season from May 1, the ferry line Port Caucasus to Port Crimea will be redirected only for passenger transportation services in an effort to increase the traffic capacity from 2,000 to 6,000 people a day,” the directorate said in a statement.
Freight shippers will be able to use an alternative route to Crimea through the port city of Novorossiysk to the Crimean town of Feodosia.
Meanwhile, lines of vehicles on the Ukraine- Crimea border are increasing, the press service of the State Border Service of Ukraine informed.Car drivers have to wait in line for about 5 hours, and trucks - at least 10 hours. At the same time, no complications are observed to enter mainland Ukraine.
Border guards say that this situation has a negative impact, primarily on the inhabitants of Crimea, who have to constantly go to mainland Ukraine.
The state border was set between Ukraine and Crimea April 25.