Belarus Steel Works plans to ship steel this summer down the Pripyat River, past Chornobyl, down the Dnipro, across the Black Sea and up the Danube to Smederevo, Serbia
. The plan by Belarusian Sea Shipping Company was facilitated by dredging of Ukraine’s 65 km portion of the Pripyat River last year. The work was undertaken by the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, to allow the start this summer of Chornobyl tour boats from Kyiv. Belarus, a landlocked country, has improved navigation on its portion of the Pripyat. This is a first step in the E40 Waterway, a project designed to give Belarus river outlets to the Black and Baltic Seas.