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Since last August, more than 700 vessels have used it

More than 22 million tons of cargo of various types have been exported through the Black Sea since the start of the temporary corridor. This was reported by Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for the Restoration of Ukraine and Minister of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure, according to the ministry’s website.

Since August last year, more than 700 vessels have used the Ukrainian sea corridor.

According to Oleksandr Kubrakov, transshipment is carried out from three ports of Greater Odesa.

At the same time, since July 18, 2023 (the last day of the grain corridor), Russian attacks on Ukrainian seaports have damaged almost 200 port infrastructure facilities and injured more than 26 civilians. However, port workers are recovering quite quickly, the minister noted, and are increasing transshipment volumes every day.

«More than 22 million tons in six months is not the limit. Modernization of both the ports themselves and the accompanying infrastructure – the road and rail network – with a proper security component will increase the volumes by at least a quarter,» Kubrakov said.

As GMK Center reported earlier, in 2023, cargo transshipment in Ukrainian ports increased by 5% y/y – to 62 million tons; iron ore transshipment accounted for 5.9% of the total cargo turnover, 1.9 million tons. The most dynamic growth in transshipment was observed in the Danube ports (Izmail, Reni and Ust-Dunaisk). Last year, the total cargo turnover in these ports almost doubled to 32 million tons, and in 2022 it will triple to 16.5 million tons (from 5.5 million tons in 2021). In particular, last year, the volume of transshipment at the port of Izmail amounted to 20.2 million tons (up 2.3 times by 2022), and at Reni – 10.1 million tons (+47% y/y).