Export, investments and experience exchange – USPA signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Qatar Ports Management Company

The Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and Qatar Ports Management Company “Mwani Qatar” was signed following the visit of the delegation of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Qatar to Ukraine. The document aims to increase cargo turnover between countries, in particular export supplies of Ukrainian agricultural products to Qatar, as well as attracting investments in the development of Ukrainian port infrastructure.

The Memorandum was signed on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Kyiv in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan and Minister of Transport and Communications of Qatar, Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti. From the Ukrainian side, the document was signed by CEO of Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Raivis Veckagans, from Qatar – General Director of Mwani Qatar, Abdulla Al Khanji.

On the eve of signing, General Director of Mwani Qatar met with Raivis Veckagans in Odesa, where he got acquainted with work and potential investment projects in ports «Yuzhny» and «Odesa».

"One of the priority directions that Qatar plans to develop in cooperation with Ukraine is the export of agricultural products. In this regard, at the meeting with Abdulla Al Khanji, we discussed in detail the concession projects of ports «Olviia» and «Kherson», which are in close proximity to the main agricultural regions of Ukraine ", – said CEO of USPA commenting on the signing of the Memorandum with Qatar. In addition, according to Raivis Veckagans, Qatar is also interested in taking part in the development of the Yuzhny port. This port, in accordance with the USPA strategy, thanks to dredging works, will be able to receive the largest vessels that can pass through the Bosphorus.

In turn, General Director of Mwani Qatar, Abdulla Al Khanji, confirmed that the consultants of the Qatar company are already considering two projects in «Yuzhny» port. They also became interested in the project of passenger terminal development and the hotel in Odesa port.

In the end, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan, expressed confidence that in the near future Ukraine and Qatar will start implementation of projects in the port and aviation sector, aimed at developing transport infrastructure and expanding cooperation between two countries.




Port pro of the month: Raivis Veckagans

On 31 May, the Ukranian Sea Ports Authoritiy (USPA) officially joined ESPO as an observer member. We thought this would be the perfect occasion to have an interview with Mr Raivis Veckagans, CEO of USPA, to present the Ukranian port sector, as well as himself!

USPA is responsible for 13 Ukrainian seaports. What is the role of USPA with regards to these ports? What are the main characteristics and challenges of USPA?

ESPO welcomes the Ukrainian ports as observer member

The Ukrainian Sea Port authority (USPA) is joining ESPO as an observer member. This follows a decision of the General Assembly of ESPO, who gathered yesterday for their assembly and for the annual conference in Rotterdam.

“We are very pleased to welcome USPA as an observer member in ESPO. The Black Sea is a very important part of Europe’s maritime network with ESPO member ports in Romania and Bulgaria. The Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, make Ukraine’s ports an important part of the wider European transport network. USPA’s membership of ESPO is a logical consequence of the Ukraine’s strong relationship with the EU. There are already excellent working relationships between ESPO members and Ukrainian ports and I am delighted now to welcome USPA as an observer member in our organisation strengthening ESPO’s presence in the Black Sea” says ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly.

Black Sea ports signed an action plan to revive cruise shipping for the next 3 years

During the 52nd General Assembly of the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MedCruise), which took place in Valletta, Malta on May 23–26, 2018, the Black Sea ports signed an action plan of the revival of cruise shipping for the next 3 years. The delegation of the State Enterprise «Ukrainain Sea Ports Authority» included the deputy chief of the Odessa port for operating activities Ruslan Sakhautdinov, the head of the cruise infrastructure service Oleg Fetisenko and the specialist of the department of strategic planning and development Mariia Luzhanska.

Announced the official launch of concession projects in the ports of Olvia and Kherson

In the framework of the implementation of pilot concession projects at the seaports Olvia and Kherson, the Coordination meeting with a consortium of international consultants was held today at the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. The consortium of international consultants were elected by the EBRD to develop feasibility studies and prepare tender documents for both projects.

Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine headed the coordination meeting. Representatives of the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority, the project office SP3ILNO, Ukrzaliznytsia, SE SC «Olvia», SE "Kherson Sea Port ",  Nadiya Kaznacheyeva, the advisor to the Minister,  representatives of the EBRD and IFC international team and experts from the best international companies took part in the meeting.



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