Waterway ring to become shorter

Great Pan-European waterway ring may include Dnieper-Bug Canal

By Yulia Dylenok

Great Pan-European waterway ring may include Dnieper-Bug Canal

Dnieper-Bug Canal structural system sluice

Dnieper-Bug Canal structural system sluice


Speaking after the plenary session of the CIS Council of State Administrations of Marine and Inland Water Transport, held in Minsk, Alexander Davydenko, the Head of the Federal Agency for Marine and River Transport of Russia, stated, “There will be a large pan-European waterway ring. We used to imagine it would follow the Black Sea and the Azov Sea, the Volga-Don Canal, the Volga River, the Volga-Baltic Sea Canal, the Baltic Sea, the Rhine River, the Main River, the Danube River, and the Black Sea. Now, we can see that we don’t have to include the Rhine River, the Main River, or the Danube. We can use the Dnieper-Bug Canal as a short-cut. It’s a viable option.”

The development of inland waterways between CIS member states was a major topic of the plenary session. According to Mr. Davydenko, measures to improve the operation of water transport were discussed. He tells us, “The advantages of water transport are undeniable but, unfortunately, trucks and railroads win in competing for customers — for now. Nevertheless, we intend to revive the transportation figures that used to exist, let’s say, 25 years ago.”

Representatives of the CIS State Marine and Inland Water Transport Administrations visited the Dnieper-Bug Canal to view Belarus’ reconstruction of hydraulic engineering installations. “Belarus’ experience is very important, because Russia is now busy reconstructing similar facilities,” explains Mr. Davydenko.
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