Landlocked Belarus has been in talks with potential developers including Turkey’s Derin Shipping & Trading Co concerning the construction of a new port on the banks of the Dnieper River, just about 500m from the Ukrainian border.
As the Dnieper flows through Belarus and Ukraine into the Black Sea, the new harbour would enable Belarusian industrial producers to transport their exports, such as fertilisers, construction materials and petrochemicals, by seagoing river ships to Turkey and further to the Mediterranean markets.
In this way, it would be instrumental in turning Belarus into a maritime country, according to Belarusian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Savinykh.
Taking into account Belarus’s large reserves (e.g. of potash salt) and powerful processing facilities, Turkish importers would be very interested in creating a direct delivery channel, in the opinion of Derin chairman Erkan Yildirim.
Belarus has already worked out three projects of the would-be harbour. One of them envisages construction of a deepwater port covering an area of 41-ha, the second one envisages building of a river harbour with relevant engineering and transport infrastructure covering 68.1- ha, and the third calls for the creation of a multimodal hub with a total area of 249.65-ha.