Romania is planning to repair the old wide-gauge railway linking the Port of Galați to Giurgiulesti, just across the border in Moldova, so that freight trains loaded with grain from Ukraine can reach ships without Ukrainian trains wasting time changing wheels at the border, Mold-street.com reported.
Transport Minister Sorin Grindeanu claimed that this Danube port would become, together with the port of Constanța, one of the key points in the region for the transport of goods and raw materials, according to Romania-Insider.com.
The advantage of the Port of Galați is that both river and sea vessels can be loaded here. According to Grindeanu, the transport of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea remains the cheapest solution, despite the rising costs of insuring ships due to the war and the mines in the Black Sea waters.
Grindeanu announced on April 26 that the institution he leads had started a tender for the repair of the railway line between Giurgiulesti and the Port of Galati to allow the transport of goods to and from Ukraine through Moldova. The bids for the repair works contract are expected by May 19.
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