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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Today, the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev signed an order saying that the competent state authorities should start immediate actions for the release of the stranded cargo ship Vera SU. For this purpose, in recent days, all responsible institutions have been involved in order to find the best and safest solution and to prevent environmental pollution.

The rescue plan for the release of the stranded cargo ship Vera SU has not been approved by the responsible institutions - the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Black Sea Basin Directorate - Varna, the Executive Director of Maritime Administration Executive Agency Capt. Zhivko Petrov said in a briefing. After getting acquainted in detail, we did not accept the part with the unloading of the ship at sea. The plan proposes to unload at least half of the cargo at sea.

I will not allow inefficient spending of funds in the implementation of train repairs. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev stated at an unannounced inspection at Sofia and Iliyantsi railway depots.

The reason for his visit is that the information provided about the implementation of the contract under the project for maintenance of BDZ trains is unreliable. After the inspection, Minister Alexiev reported unscrupulous performance of the contract and a clear delay in carrying out major repairs.

For the second time, bus carriers will be eligible to apply for financial support. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev stated at today's meeting with representatives of the bus industry and municipalities. According to him, the measure to support the sector, set for this year, for the first time includes large bus companies and municipal enterprises for passenger transport.

United and together, we will find a fair, non-discriminatory and adequate mechanism for allocating aid to the aviation sector. This is the conclusion of the meeting of the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev and the representatives of the branch organizations from the aviation industry.

Hristo Alexiev put his first signature as Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications at the commemoration of the Connecting Europe Express Initiative. The act took place at a ceremony to send the train passing through Bulgaria on the occasion of the European Year of Rail.

"Currently, railway projects worth BGN 3 billion are being implemented with European funding," Hristo Alexiev said in his speech to the representatives of the European Commission.

No major violations were found at the inspections of the school buses. This is what Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Christina Velinova stated at the opening of Safe Road Infrastructure Conference. The event was held in Hissarya and was organized for the seventh consecutive year by the Bulgarian branch organization "Road Safety".

Accelerating the implementation of projects for railways, roads, and digital highways is one of my main tasks. This was stated by the new Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Hristo Alexiev at the acceptance of the management of the Ministry by Georgi Todorov.

Eight teams took part in the Sailing Competition "BORA Sailing Championship - Burgas 2021", which was held in the the Port of Burgas in the weekend. The final round in Burgas was won by a team of Yacht Club Port Varna "Wildcard". The teams "Ultramarine SVC" and "Park mart" took second and third place.

Diyan Dimov, Executive Director of Port of Burgas EAD, which is hosting the event, presented the organizer Ivan Georgiev from BORA Sailing with a plaque on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Georgi Todorov.

Within the term of office of the Caretaker Cabinet, projects for construction and modernization of railway infrastructure worth over BGN 1 billion have been launched. This is what the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Georgi Todorov stated at the opening of the new academic year at Todor Kableshkov University of Transport.