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Don offered to deepen the river half a meter.
Increasing the depth of four meters along the length of the Don to the Azov-Don basin will allow ships to pass to the carrying capacity of 6 thousand tons.
Azov-Don basin management sent to the Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport Application for the 2009 research to deepen the river Don, as this will allow large vessels to pass over, in particular for the delivery of the Olympic Games in Sochi. Depth Don Azov in the area already has a depth of 4 meters, but in the region of Rostov-on-Don, Russia - about 3.5 meters in Kochetov hydrosystem - 3,4 meters.
ports of Azov-Don basin available for mass-produced vessels "river-sea", with carrying capacity up to 5 thousand tons.
Modern large vessels can not efficiently use its capacity and to operate with considerable nedogruzom.
Environmentalists fear that the deepening of Don lift from the bottom of the river contaminated sediments. In addition, the effect of deepening the Don could be short.