Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company organizes Izmail-Constanta container caravan
MOSCOW. June 6 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company has organized a cargo container caravan between the ports of Izmail and Constanta, Romania.
"We started container traffic from small amounts, and the volume of exports way exceeded the imports in April and May. Yet we have reached balance, have drawn attention of charterers, and have provided relevant amounts of cargo transported in both directions. Our idea to form a container caravan has worked, and the demand for container transportation will be growing," Ukrainian media outlets quoted Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company head Dmytro Moskalenko as saying.
The company formed a container caravan of MV Kapitan Shirkov and five barges (with an overall capacity of 300 TEU) in Izmail in the end of May.
"They have been unloaded in Constanta. Some of the caravan vessels (180 TEU) have taken aboard imported cargo. Hopefully, we will see our ships in Izmail at the end of next week," the company said.
The Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company believes that container transportation would help it use company ships in a more effective manner, considering that grain caravan usually return without payload onboard.
Container transport may be in demand by both exporters and importers, it said.
As reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) has experienced a number of problems with the European transportation system that prevent the amount of cargo transported from Ukraine to Europe by rail from growing.