Ukraine: ports and terminals of the Azov Sea operate in normal mode
As of 12:00 of November 26, 2018, the ports and terminals of Ukraine, which are located in the marine environment of the Azov Sea, still operate in normal mode.
According to the Head of the analytical department of Zernovoz.in.ua, Alexander Glushchenko, the seaports of Mariupol and Berdyansk operate in normal mode. The Ukrainian harbors of the Azov Sea already took the required measures to strengthen the security and access control procedures for long in advance. He said that the following development situation is the extremely difficult issue. Nobody knows what will happen. The actions of the Russian Federation are unpredictable, and passing of the Kerch-Yenikale Canal can be blocked for entrance and departure of vessels towards / from the seaports of Mariupol and Berdyansk. The railway shipments will likely become the priority for military-grade cargoes, and there is a high probability that the accumulation processes of batches in the ports for commercial vessels will completely stop.
According to the Head of the terminal Agria, Yuri Rovitsky, the situation is intensely, but stable. He said that the stevedoring company Agria and other ports are working as normal. If the martial law becomes invoked, there is an issue how the commercial activities to be realized and whether it to be realized at all, because it is not known what restrictions the authorities will impose.
The Head of the external communications department of SE Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA), Maxim Streletsky noted that to date, the Ukrainian ports of the Azov Sea are operating under normal conditions. The vessels, which previously passed the Kerch-Yenikale Canal continued loading / unloading operations. According to the recent morning information, the movement of vessels through the Canal was restored.
According to the Director on business operations at UkrTransAgro LLC, Andriy Leonidov, as of November 26 the company's grain transshipment complex is operating normally. The company continued accepting agricultural products, as well as loading two vessels with pelleted and non-pelleted meal from two berths. The vessels that go to the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk are waiting for checkout at the entrance to the Kerch-Yenikale Canal by the Border Service of Russia.
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