Bulgaria completes dredging project to deepen Danube for shipping

Bulgaria completes dredging project to deepen Danube for shipping

A 42-day project to deepen a stretch of the Danube River to ease the passage of shipping in the most critical part of the Bulgarian part of the river has been completed, the country’s Transport Ministry said on July 24.

As a result of the dredging, the depth of the shipping lane has been increased by more than 100cm.

Measurements showed that the fairway had a depth of more than three metres and a width of 150 metres, allowing normal passage of shipping, the ministry said.

The dredging took place in terms of a contract between the ministry, the Danube Research and Maintenance executive agency, and Cosmos Shipping, which was chosen as the contractor in February 2018 after a bidding process.

The contract was to a value of 6.7 million leva (about 3.42 million euro) and includes a guarantee of the maintenance of the river level for a period of three years.

During this period, the agency intends purchasing its own multi-functional dredging equipment to effectively fulfil its commitments regarding the maintenance of the fairway in the Bulgarian section of the Danube, the ministry said.

The new equipment will be delivered in terms of an EU-funded project worth about 20 million leva, the ministry said…. / IBNA