Dnieper-Bug Canal can now receive passenger ships thanks to new waterworks facility

Dnieper-Bug Canal can now receive passenger ships thanks to new waterworks facility

The waterworks facility Zaluzye has opened in Brest. This is a historic moment. Now the Western side of the Dnieper-Bug canal can take not only freight but also passenger ships. Now Zaluzye meets the world standards.

From now on the multi-ton gates of the airlock open by pressing just one button. It takes one ship a little more than 30 minutes to pass through the gate. The entire process is fully automated and the controller sees the entire picture on the monitor.

Now Zaluzye meets 5-A Class requirements. It took two years of construction work to refurbish this complex. The project cost 55 billion Belarusian rubles.

Andrei Chernobylets, Head of Maritime and River Transport Office of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus:
This is not only part of the Dnieper-Bug canal, but also part of an international waterway, the need for which is now obvious worldwide.Work is underway to restore the whole waterway, not only the Dnieper-Bug Canal section but also those of the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea.

By the way, projects in the field of national water tourism acquire their shape. At the shipyard in Pinsk, work is underway to launch the first Belarusian cruise ship. First tourists on board the ship will cover the new waterway next year.