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Ukraine vies for Armenian ferry cargo market

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Wednesday, February 6
Vladimir Chernievski, commercial director of the Ukrainian ferry company Ukrferry, wraps up a three-day visit to Armenia today, having discussed ways to improve ferry transit from Ilichevsk to Poti and Batumi with businessmen and government officials.

Chernievski met Armenian Minister of Transport and Communication Andranik Manukyan as well as the Union of Industrialists, according to Armenian news agency Panorama.

Ukrferry used to have a monopoly on Armenian cargo ferry transportation, but has experienced serious competition from the Russian-run Kavkaz–Poti route which went operational in 2007. The Ukrainian embassy in Yerevan released a statement saying the recent visit was aimed at increasing economic ties between the two countries.