Navigation along the rivers of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine can be restored in case a new canal is built between the Vistula in Poland and the Dnieper-Bug Canal in Belarus. This was the main conclusion put forth by the experts of the Commission on the Development of the E40 Waterway on the Dnieper-Vistula section who came together for a working meeting in Lutsk (Ukraine) on June 15-17.
On January 29, in Minsk, the Belarusian enterprise Dnepro-Bug Waterway, which ordered a study on the revival, signed a contract with the Maritime Institute in Gdansk, which heads the consortium. The experts are going to analyze economic, technical, environmental, and other conditions influencing the restoration of the water artery E40 between Gdansk and Kherson. Their conclusions are expected to be presented by the end of 2015.
The presentation was delivered within “The Eastern Partnership Days” which were held in the capital of the European Union from November 4 until November 6. For the second time in a row, this event was organized by the East Poland House in Brussels.
Benefits associated with the restoration were presented at the conference by RUMCE "Dnepro-Bug Waterway". The conference took place in Olsztyn, on August 26. The restored waterway should become a new trade route between the ports on the Baltic and Black Seas and enable to transport up to 4 million tons of cargo.