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Minister Hristo Alexiev together with his colleagues from the Republic of Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia signed a Memorandum on the construction of sustainable infrastructure along Corridor VIII
19.10.2021

Corridor VIII has great potential, but much more investments and work are needed to complete it. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev stated in the framework of the signing ceremony of the Memorandum on Cooperation in the construction of sustainable infrastructure along Corridor VIII. The document was signed by Minister Hristo Alexiev, Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of the Republic of Albania Belinda Balluku and Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of North Macedonia Blagoj Bochvarski.

Operation to unload the stranded cargo ship Vera SU in force
18.10.2021

The implementation of the approved salvage plan for the unloading activities of the trade ship Vera SU began today. According to it, the operation would take 3-4 days. A diving inspection of the area of the accident was carried out again and the ship was inspected for new breaches. All fallen objects and dangerous plastic materials have been removed from the hull of the vessel, and additional anchors have been placed for its better stabilization.

NPGD, Economic Police, RTAEA and NRA conducted a joint action against unregulated taxi transport
13.10.2021

National Police DG, Economic Police, Road Transport Administration Executive Agency and National Revenue Agency conducted a joint action against unregulated taxi transport of passengers in Sofia.

Minister Alexiev: The insurers of the ship Vera Su will reimburse the already incurred and the future actual expenses of the State
12.10.2021

The insurers of the stranded near Kamen Bryag cargo ship Vera Su took the commitment to reimburse the already incurred, as well as the future actual expenses of the Bulgarian side. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev announced at a video conference with representatives of Maritime Administration Executive Agency and reprsentatives of the local crisis management unit.

Hristo Alexiev: The Turkish shipowner aims at sinking the ship Vera SU
10.10.2021

Today, the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev held a series of meetings at the Maritime Administration - Varna in connection with resolving the situation around the trade ship Vera SU. The Minister met with representatives of the salvage company, the ship's insurer and the cargo insurer.

No change in circumstances around the cargo ship Vera SU
09.10.2021

Due to the weather conditions, there is no change in the circumstances around the cargo ship Vera SU. The big waves today give the impression that the vessel is displaced. A representative of Maritime Administration Executive Agency is on site and monitors the condition of the ship, not reporting a change.

Postage stamp is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the State Archives establishment in Bulgaria
08.10.2021

The President Rumen Radev, Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Christina Velinova, Minister of Culture Prof. Velislav Minekov, Chairman of the State Archives Agency Assoc. Prof. Mihail Gruev and the Director of Bulgarian Posts Deyan Daneshki validated a postage stamp. The edition is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the State Archives establishment in Bulgaria.

The postage stamps represent an artistic archive of the most significant historical events, said Deputy Minister Velinova during the ceremony.

Ministry of Interior, Road Transport Administration EA and National Revenue Agency with joint action against unregulated taxi transport in Sofia
07.10.2021

The Ministry of Interior, the Road Transport Administration Executive Agency and the National Revenue Agency carried out a specialized operation against unregulated taxi transport in Sofia. The inspections were carried out today through the use of the "mystery shopper" scheme. Teams from National Police General Directorate, Economic Police, Road Transport Administration Regional Directorate - Sofia and National Revenue Agency took part in the action.

Hristo Alexiev: Bulgarian captain and crew board the ship Vera Su
06.10.2021

A Bulgarian captain and crew should board the ship Vera Su in order to control the situation and prevent diversion. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev ordered after the evacuation of the crew of the ship announced earlier today.

Hristo Alexiev: I insist that the Concession Agreement and the anti-epidemic measures at Sofia Airport be strictly observed
05.10.2021

I insist that the anti-epidemic measures at Sofia Airport be strictly observed. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev ordered in the framework of an inspection of the organization and compliance with anti-epidemic measures at Sofia Airport.

Minister Hristo Alexiev at another unannounced inspection at Iliyantsi Railway Depot
05.10.2021

I regularly observe the schedule of all major repairs, according to the contract, and in 60 days or sooner I will re-inspect the phase of their implementation. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev stated at another unannounced inspection at Iliyantsi Railway Depot.

In the framework of the inspection, Minister Alexiev found that after his personal intervention, at the time being an overhaul was launched, but only on one train.

Emergency meeting for the ship Vera Su with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
04.10.2021

The Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev held an emergency meeting today with the Deputy Head of the Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Turkey in Sofia Mr. Erman Topçu. The meeting was a continuation of the talks of Minister Alexiev yesterday with a representative of the Turkish shipowner.

Cargo ship Vera SU
03.10.2021

No water pollution was reported within a 1 mile radius around the stranded cargo ship Vera SU. This was the result of a detailed inspection of the area by a drone sent by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

As part of the measures to reduce the harmful impact on the environment, the Bulgarian side requested assistance from EMSA to provide technical means in possession of the Agency. In addition to the drone, so far EMSA had provided floating bunkers that had already started their voyage to Bulgaria. They shall be used for removing the liquefied cargo out of the ship.

Minister Alexiev: The important thing is that the cargo of Vera Su be safely unloaded, the ship is stabilized
03.10.2021

It is important that the cargo of the ship Vera Su stranded near the area of Yailata be safely unloaded, the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev said at a briefing of the National Crisis Group. Prior to that, the General Director of Emergency and Rescue Activity DG in the Maritime Administration - Varna Rumen Nikolov informed that the vessel was stabilized and was in a horizontal position.

Hristo Alexiev: The situation is critical, the load has shifted and the weather forecast is not good
02.10.2021

The barn is filled with water, which means that the cargo ship Vera SU begins to sink. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev announced at a briefing in the Yailata area. According to him, the situation was critical, the load had shifted and the weather forecast for the coming days was not good.

"Our priority is to save lives and that is why we acted preventively at night, around 3 o'clock, we built a facility with which the crew could be evacuated", Hristo Alexiev said.

Alexander Pulev has been appointed Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications
01.10.2021

Alexander Pulev has been appointed Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.  He holds a master's degree in finance from Oxford University and a bachelor's degree in information systems and finance from the University of Maine, USA.

His professional career passes through UniCredit Bulbank, where he has been the Director of Investment Banking for the last four years;  The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, of which he has been the Chief Banker for six years;  Transaction Consulting Manager at Ernst & Young.

Hristo Alexiev: Preliminary preparations for evacuation of the crew of VERA SU made
01.10.2021

Last night, all of the settings were made for the evacuation of the crew of the stranded ship VERA SU in the area of Yailata. "Actions are preventive, the State must have a preliminary plan and model of behavior, and not wait for the last moment", Minister Alexiev said. A team of nine climbers and divers have developed two parallel methods for possible evacuation - a cable car type "trolley" and a safety net.

Minister Alexiev: I will not let the stranded ship be used for sabotage of the State by lobbyists and politicians
29.09.2021

I will not allow the case of the stranded ship near Kamen Bryag to be used for sabotage of the State by pre-election party interests, lobbyists and representatives of the administration. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev stated at a briefing today. He announced that he had issued an order for the release of the Executive Director of the Maritime Administration Executive Agency, Captain Zhivko Petrov. The main reason was an uncoordinated deviation from the pre-approved load release technology.

Minister Alexiev: The lack of equipment and procedures for marine salvage is punishable by law irresponsibility
28.09.2021

The long-lasting lack of equipment and procedures for emergency situations, such as the shipwreck at the Yailata area near Kamen Bryag, is punishable by law irresponsibility, the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev stated.

The release of Vera SU ship is technically secured
27.09.2021

The operation to release the stranded cargo ship Vera SU is technically secured. Pursuant to an order of the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev, the logistics plan is in force and is strictly implemented. The stranded cargo ship Vera SU was fortified with the spare anchors delivered this morning. The aim is to avoid possible displacement of the vessel in case of worsening weather conditions.

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