06 December 2018, 11:27

Russia still hampers the passage of ships through the Kerch Strait, and workers at the ports of Azov have switched to a 4-day working week - Omelyan


The Ukrainian ports in Berdyansk and Mariupol halved the cargo traffic, and their employees were forced to switch to a 4-day working week.

A corresponding statement was made by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan on his Facebook page.


“As we expected, Moscow carries out a manual regulation of the access of merchant ships to the Ukrainian seaports in the Sea of Azov according to the ancient principle of the Kremlin: “I want / don’t want,” he wrote.


According to Omelyan, in this situation no respect for freedom of navigation is observed. Russia continues to hinder the passage of ships through the Kerch Strait.


“We are working with our allies in the anti-Russian coalition to return the occupied territories, free the captured sailors and ships, restore international law and end the economic blockade of the Azov region of Ukraine,” the Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine added.

🇺🇦Як ми й очікували, Москва здійснює ручне регулювання доступу торговельних суден в українські морські порти Азовського…

Опубліковано Volodymyr Omelyan Середа, 5 грудня 2018 р.

Earlier, the Head of the Administration of the Seaports of Ukraine, Raivis Vetskagans, said that in five years, Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov have almost halved cargo transshipment. And, in the case of unimpeded passage through the Kerch Strait, the transshipment can be increased by almost 800 thousand tons per year.

Asof the morning of December 5, 29 vessels were awaiting the passage through theKerch-Yenikalsky Canal, 16 of them to Ukrainian ports, two from the ports andanother 11 were stationed at the port moorings.