Russian media outlets are reporting on the potential imminent re-opening of ferry crossings between Crimea and Turkey. The management of the Russian state enterprise “Crimean seaports” has already held negotiations on this topic with ship owners it has been reported by Expert.  Alexei Volkov, Director General of the state-owned company “Crimean ports” initially published the information on his Facebook page.

Whilst Expert.ru noted that the list of ports will appear later, the primary ports in the area are Kerch, Sevastopol, and Feodosia. According to a Ukrainian government report earlier this year, 26 vessels entered the ports of Kerch, Sevastopol, and Feodosia a total of 82 times; 21 of those ships flew the Russian flag, four came from Togo, Sierra Leone, and Palau.

Alexei Volkov said the following on his Facebook page *machine translated for convenience*
“We met with freight forwarders, shipowners to start the operation of the direct auto-ferry line Turkey-Crimea-Turkey. Supervisory bodies were invited to participate in the meeting “

“We met with freight forwarders, shipowners to start the operation of the direct auto-ferry line Turkey-Crimea-Turkey. Supervisory bodies were invited to participate in the meeting “

The head of the Crimean ports appears confident that the project will be successful against the backdrop of a “warming” of Turkish-Russian relations, this despite the ports of Crimea and Sevastopol being included in EU and US sanctions lists. The current trade war being waged by the US, hitting Turkey especially hard will no doubt have had a part to play in these discussions.

Volkov added that the ports of the Crimea have advantages over similar infrastructure of Novorossiysk in terms of pport congestion, complexity of cargo clearance and the range of goods that will be transported by ferry has already been agreed.

Concluding “ports and services are ready. Comfortable conditions for future cooperation are provided. We are waiting for the decision of the partners and the signing of the contract”

“Ports and services are ready. Comfortable conditions for future cooperation are provided. We are waiting for the decision of the partners and the signing of the contract”

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