Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli ports become important centers
Since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the ports of Ukraine have remained blocked for five months. Ukraine, the world's fourth-largest grain exporter, tries to send cargoes by train through its western border or through small ports on the Danube River.
According to information, a large part of the transportation of these grains by ships will be done through the port of Thessaloniki, but also through the railway network from the port of Alexandroupolis.
"Greece is ready to make ships available for the export of grain from Ukraine," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today during the third and final day of the Atlantic Alliance summit in Madrid.
It is noted that on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the facilities of the Alexandroupoli Port Organization, a meeting of the Organization's Management was held with TRAINOSE's general commercial manager, Biasin Roberto, in which solutions and initiatives were discussed for the opening of railway corridors for the transport and export of Ukrainian grain from the port Alexandroupolis, as well as further cooperation in the military sector.
The chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alexandroupolis Port Organization, Konstantinos Hatzimichael, regarding the meeting with the TRAINOSE management, said that what is being attempted is to find a solution in order to serve the entire line from Ukraine to Alexandroupolis, as there is a serious issue in the railway network of the countries of the former Soviet Union, which is incompatible with the European network since it has wider rails.
"There are some proposals that TRAINOSE is considering, while we hope that in the next month and a half a solution will be found to the problem of the incompatibility of the lines in order to immediately facilitate the transport of Ukrainian grains," he stressed.
He added that in 2021 at least 400,000 tons of grain from the Ebro, Bulgaria and Romania were trafficked by various means through the port of Alexandroupolis bound for Italy and Turkey.
According to Reuters, Turkey said on Wednesday that a United Nations plan to create a sea corridor for Ukrainian grain exports, overseen by Ankara, would be "reasonable" but would require more talks with Moscow and the Kyiv to ensure that the ships will be safe.
Ukraine has shipped about 601,115 tonnes of grain to Romania's Black Sea port of Constanța since Russia invaded on February 24, with an additional 120,294 tonnes on its way, according to port authorities.