Donetsk, Apr 10 — DAN. The Mariupol seaport has received some 14,000 tons of construction materials since late September 2022, Head of Russia’s Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport Zakhary Dzhioyev told the Donetsk News Agency.

“Some 10,000 tons were shipped last year; in 2023, about 4,000 tons of construction materials have been delivered, ” Dzhioyev said.  “We expect cargo turnover to increase several-fold by the end of this year.”

At present, up to ten vessels make runs to Mariupol depending on freight owners’ needs and plans, he added.

Earlier, Dzhioyev said that 1.3 billion rubles would be allocated for port repairs this year. The port’s navigation safety systems will be restored.

The Mariupol port resumed operation in late May 2022 as it dispatched the first vessel with a load of metal products to the Rostov region.   The seaport is expected to become the key transit point for cargoes needed for rebuilding the region. It will also be used for exporting DPR products. Last summer, a ferry link with Yeisk was launched.*jk