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Poland wants to help Ukraine restore the merchant fleet

Representatives of the Polish shipbuilding industry want to organize cooperation with Ukrainian colleagues to restore the merchant fleet in our country.

Tadeusz Kopowski, director of the Crist shipbuilding company, said this in a commentary to an Ukrinform correspondent at the Ukrainian-Polish Entrepreneurship Forum in Warsaw.

“The Polish shipbuilding industry proposes to create permanent Polish-Ukrainian working groups, within which we would discuss the construction of ships for Ukraine, the restoration of the merchant fleet, cooperation between the design bureaus of the two countries,” Kopovsky said.

He added that the Polish side is ready to offer training to Ukrainian students at the ship department of the Gdansk Polytechnic, as well as at the navigation department of the Maritime Academy in Gdynia.

“We are talking about the fact that the future merchant fleet of Ukraine has its own captains and engineers who would serve these ships,” the director of the Crist shipbuilding company explained.

According to him, the Polish side is ready to audit Ukrainian shipbuilding enterprises, help restore their technical potential and start building ships in cooperation with design bureaus and specialists from Poland.

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“This is a comprehensive proposal for many years,” – said Kopovsky. He added that given the good relations between the presidents of Ukraine and Poland, and with their consent, it would be possible to offer cooperation to the American side, which would partially finance the restoration of the Ukrainian merchant fleet, in particular, under lend-lease.

A representative of the Polish shipbuilding industry noted that cooperation could be started, for example, with the construction of tugboats and barges that would transport building materials, metallurgy products, etc. along the Dnieper.

The Polish shipbuilding group combines two shipyards – in Gdansk and Gdynia.

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