Millennium Team and Mull und Partner to carry out project for locating and investigating explosive ordinance in the Danube
At an international tender for the task of creating a project to locate and investigate explosive ordinance on sunken German ships, the contract was awarded to the consortium of Serbian/German/Austrian companies, led by "Mull und Partner" and our company Millennium Team
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure prof. dr Zorana Mihajlović signed today a contract worth EUR 1.5 million which will be the start of an operation to remove sunken German warships from World War 2 from the Danube, near Prahovo.
At an international tender for the task of creating a project to locate and investigate explosive ordinance on sunken German ships, the contract was awarded to the consortium of Serbian/German/Austrian companies, led by "Mull und Partner" and our company Millennium Team.
- With this contract, we are starting an operation on which we waited for 75 years, to finally have a Danube whose entire flow in Serbia can be sailed on. First, to finally establish what explosive ordinance and devices, and in what quantities, are located on the 23 sunken ships, which will be the prerequisite for starting their safe removal next year, for which we would use EUR 23 million – said Mihajlović, adding that, due to unsafe and difficult sailing in this part of the Danube, Serbia lost EUR 5 million a year.
Minister Zorana Mihajlović added that after 30 years, Serbia turned to building infrastructure.
- In additions to roads, railway and air corridors, we are investing EUR 380 million into water transport. Removing the sunken German fleet will contribute to the Danube become navigable all 365 days a year, which is significant for our economy and safe sailing - said Mihajlović.
The consortium led by our company Millennium Team and Mull und Partner (Serbian/German/Austrian companies) will together carry out the project of locating and investigating explosive ordinance on sunken German ships.
- I am glad that our expertise, experience and state-of-the-art equipment positioned Millennium Team among the very top construction companies in this territory, and therefore with our partners from abroad. We are convinced that our companies, which possess the experience of many years, will ensure that we will carry out this project successfully - said Stojan Vujko, CEO of Millennium Team.
Dubravka Negre, head of EIB regional representation for the Western Balkans, whose loan will be used to finance the first stage, said that the project did not only have broader historical importance, but that it was also important for the further economic development of Serbia.
- The Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure recognized the importance of investing into waterways, as a cleaner and safer form of transport, and Serbia is the only country outside of the EU in which the EIB invest. The Danube is located on the Pan-European corridor, and with the implementation of this project, we will contribute to goods reaching EU countries quicker and more efficiently, which is important for Serbia’s economy – she said.
UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia Francine Pickup stated that this was a multi-decade problem, which would be resolved primarily thanks to the efforts of the Deputy PM.
- By removing the sunken fleet, we will improve safety in sailing, environmental protection and economic progress in the field of commercial and tourism transport – said Pickup.
Head of Bor district Vladimir Stanković thanked President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and Deputy PM Zorana Mihajlović for their efforts on having this project carried out, because it will mean a lot to all municiaplities in the Đerdap gorge.