The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority has signed an agreement with SC Complex Delta SRL (Romania) on carrying out operational dredging in the water areas of Izmail and Reni seaports following a tender conducted in then ProZorro electronic system of public procurement. “For the first time in the history of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Romanian companies came out for dredging tenders, and one of them won the tender. This indicates the quality of the procedure, its transparency and competitiveness. Now the winner company can mobilize the fleet and proceed with the work required to maintain navigational dimensions in Izmail and Reni,” head of the agency Raivis Veckagans said.
The administration said dredging will help improve the processing conditions of existing cargo flows and attract new ones, increase accepting ship and develop the business as a whole.
The cost of work under the contract will be about UAH 32 million. The total estimated volume of soil to be treated is 200,000 cubic meters, including up to 156,000 cubic meters in the water area of Izmail seaport, and up to 44,000 cubic meters in the water areas of Reni port. The planned time for dredging is not more than four months.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov hope that the towns of Reni in Odesa region and Varna in Bulgaria would be connected by a highway.
“We have arranged that we would step up the issues of building a highway of the transport corridor between Reni in Odesa region and Varna [in Bulgaria] across Romania. I hope that the resources of the European Union will be on our side as well. We will also attract our Romanian partners. And we will do our best to ensure that in the near future you can drive from Odesa to Varna in a few hours,” Poroshenko told reporters on Saturday in Kyiv after the negotiations with the Bulgarian prime minister.
An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that Poroshenko showed a map, which the Bulgarian prime minister brought, indicating the route of building the transport corridor.
“The map, which the president showed, lacks the signature of the Romanian side. The construction of this road will not be very expensive. It could be public private partnership or a joint fund of three states,” the president said.