Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New Ferry Connects Bulgaria and Romania over Danube

Sofia News Agency

27 May 2008, Tuesday

The new ferry complex connecting the Bulgarian port of Nikopol and the Romanian port of Turnu Magurele over the Danube River will opened in mid July, 2008.

The news was announced by Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of Transport Dimcho Mihalevski during his visit to the northern Bulgarian town of Nikopol.

The ferry complex has been constructed already but some additional safety guarantees are being completed at the moment.

About EUR 6,5 M have been invested in the ferry, EUR 2,5 M of which have been provided by the Bulgarian government, whereas the rest is EU funding under the PHARE Program.

The Bulgarian side of the ferry complex will be operated by the Bulgarian River Shipping company.

The Deputy Minister of Transport Mihalevski said in Nikopol that the new ferry would have a great economic impact as part of the country's policy to tackle the marginalizing of its border regions by opening up its borders.

Mihalevsky reminded that another ferry line between the city of Silistra and the Romanian town of Caluras had been opened recently, and said that two more border checkpoints would be opened on the Bulgarian-Greek border by the middle of 2009.

The Bulgarian platform of the new ferry can carry 12 trucks, and crosses the river in only eight minutes. Yet, the fees for using it have not been set because the ownership issue has not been settled.

The rehabilitation of the 45-km road connecting Nikopol and the district center, the city of Pleven, is going as planned.

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