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January 27, 2023

Constanta, Batumi and Illichivsk ports united by new ferryboat line

A new ferryboat line was launched on October 16 on the Constanta-Batumi (Georgia)-Illichivsk (Ukraine) line. The line will use the Greifswald, a large, modern ferryboat that is part of Denmark’s UKRFerry fleet.
Romanian, Georgian and Ukrainian ministries, the national secretariat of the TRACECA organization, the Romcargo Maritim port operator and the UKRFerry fleet operator have contributed to the inauguration of the new navigation line.
The Greifswald is a ship built in 1988, having enough room for 150 passengers, 50 train carriages and 50 lorries simultaneously. The ship is 190.9 meters long, 28 meters wide and has a capacity of 8,005 tdw.
The ship will carry vehicles of any type: auto vehicles, minibuses, buses, lorries, trailer trucks, excavators, bulldozers, utility vehicles, but no railway carriages because of the difference in railway gauges used in Romania, Georgia and Ukraine.
Technical conditions allow access for vehicles up to 22 meters long, 2.5 meters wide, 4.2 meters high and with a gross weight of up to 40 tons.
The new navigation route is part of the TRACECA strategy of developing international transport on the Europe-Caucasus-Asia corridor, a corridor that will be linked to the Pan-European multimodal transport network. The organization includes the following countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

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