Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority receives observer status at ESPO

Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) January 27, 2018 – The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) has received the status of observer of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO). May 30 to June 1, USPA will take part in the annual ESPO conference and work of the ESPO technical committees. “The entry of the USPA into ESPO is an important step in Ukraine’s integration into international transport infrastructure. Ukraine is now officially part of the European port community. In addition, membership in the ESPO will enable us to adopt the best European practices of port operations. This step is also important from the point of view of implementation of the roadmap on the implementation of EU regulatory documents in the field of maritime transport, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine”, said Raivis Veckagans, head of USPA. As Ukraine is not an EU member state, USPA joins ESPO with observer status. This means that USPA receives the right to delegate one of its representatives to the ESPO General Assembly, to attend and participate in the work of all technical committees, to have access to the ESPO ‘s internal database with the latest information on EU policies, in the field of investments and grants, as well as the opportunity for individual requests for information through the Secretary-General of the Organization. The European Sea Ports Organisation is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers. ESPO represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of 23 Member States of the European Union and Norway at EU political level. ESPO also has observer members in Iceland and Israel.

USPA and EBRD signed an Agreement on joint development of concession projects in two ports

On November 27, 2017, in London, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan signed an agreement on financing the development of a feasibility study (FS) for the concession projects of SE "Stevedoring Company «Olvia» and SE «Kherson Commercial Sea Port». According to the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan, the EBRD undertakes to cover the costs of technical assistance in the organization of these concession projects, as well as the preparation of fair and transparent tenders to attract private investors to transfer into concession two state-owned stevedoring companies. «World companies in Ukraine are not a fantasy and not a ghost. This is the future that we bring closer daily. I am grateful to the EBRD and other international partners who believe that Ukraine is being changed, and we are ready to guarantee fair and transparent rules in the market. I am convinced that great concession projects in Ukrainian ports are a matter of immediate prospects,» stressed Volodymyr Omelyan. «The implementation of concession projects in the maritime industry is a logical continuation of the port reform, launched in 2013. The development of feasibility studies and tender documentation at a high professional level together with leading international financial organizations will guarantee the transparency of the tender and the economic validity of the concession of state stevedores. A successful implementation of pilot projects for the industry will create the basis for a long-term investment in the development of ports on understandable and mutually beneficial terms for both business and the state. Only according to preliminary estimates, the transfer of two state stevedores to the concession will help increase cargo flow by at least 5.5 million tons and attract investments of up to $ 140 million,» said Raivis Veckagans, the Head of the USPA. To recall, on November 14th, 2017, in order to develop public-private partnership (PPP) in the port industry, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. IFC will help to structure PPP projects in two Ukrainian ports – SE "Stevedoring Company «Olvia» and SE «Kherson Sea Commercial Port». IFC will also explore the possibility of structuring a PPP project for the development of a railway ferry complex at the SE “Chornomorsk Commercial Sea Port”. Earlier, in June 2017, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine approved the plans for the preparation and implementation of pilot projects for the transfer into the concession of state property of SE "Stevedore Company «Olvia», SE «Kherson Commercial Sea Port», railway-ferry complex of SE «Chornomorsk Commercial Sea Port» and property of SE «Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority».

Tender for dredging works in Chornomorsk port was announced

On November, 14th, Yuzhny branch of SE “USPA” (Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority) announced the procedure of open bidding for the procurement of dredging works at the Chornomorsk seaport. The bids will be held in ProZorro e-procurement system. The project «Reconstruction of the approaching sea channel of the port and the operational water area of ​​the 1st bucket of Dry Estuary of the Illichivsk branch of the SE “USPA” provides for reaching depths up to 16 m in the sea channel of the port, up to 15 m in the operational water area. The bidding procedure involves the procurement of works in two lots. The first lot includes the reconstruction of the approach sea channel of the port of Illichivsk branch of the SE “USPA”, the second lot includes the reconstruction of the operational water area of ​​the 1st bucket of Dry Estuary of the Illichivsk branch of the SE “USPA” with an increase in depth to 15 m. As part of the project, it is planned to remove a total of 1,989,690 cubic meters of soil during the dredging works. The first lot – 504 400 cubic meters, the second one – 1,485,560 cubic meters. The expected cost of all works is 444,801,554 UAH without VAT, in particular for the first lot – 91,769,365 UAH without VAT, for the second one – 353 032 189 UAH without VAT. »Following the implementation of these projects, the Chornomorsk port will have all the conditions for a safe and smooth approach of large-tonnage vessels to existing and reconstructed deep-water berths. Sure, this will not only increase the volume of cargo handling in the port, but also will increase revenues to the budgets of all levels", — said Maxim Shirokov, the Head of Yuzhny Sea Port Authority. Ukrainian and international companies are invited to participate in the procurement procedure. The deadline for submission of bids is January 23, 2018. The tender documentation can be found at the link:

Management of USPA visited the Port of Rotterdam

Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) November 27, 2017 – On November 21–23,  2017, at the invitation of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the framework of the Dnipro Development Initiative, a visit of the management of the Ukrainian Sea Ports (USPA) to the port of Rotterdam took place. The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with the experience of dredging works, the port management system and other related port issues. Top managers of USPA met with the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Netherlands, Vsevolod Centsov, visited the newly created port of Rotterdam Maasvlakte2, and met with representatives of the local port administration and the business community. USPA agreed to cooperate with the port of Rotterdam in terms of advice on the calculation of port charges. In addition, in order to increase the involvement of Dutch companies in USPA projects, the Embassy of the Netherlands expressed readiness to hold special trainings for representatives of Dutch companies with a view to improved preparation of tender documentation and their participation in tenders of USPA in the Prozorro system. “We are systematically expanding international contacts. The Port of Rotterdam is the number one port in Europe, which operates under the Landlord model. The port administration has undergone a corporatization procedure, and from year to year, the port is increasing cargo transshipment. Our cooperation with the port will help attract high-level expertise in order to organize an optimal port management system, qualitative dredging works, a clear methodology for calculating port fees, etc “, said the head of the AMU. Raivis Veckagans added that the Netherlands has unique experience in the development of inland waterways, which may be useful for reforming the river industry in Ukraine. “USPA is ready to make efforts to develop the rivers, because this issue is important in terms of diversifying the ways to deliver goods to ports. The successful experience of dredging in ports could be extended to inland waterways, using the best practices of our European colleagues,” said Raivis Veszkagans. The Dnipro Development Initiative is a partnership between the Ukrainian government and potential donors, in which the Netherlands provides its unique expertise in the Water sector. This expertise will help to develop projects that can be financed by International Financial Institutions (IFI) like the World Bank, EIB and EBRD, and businesses through Public Private Partnerships (PPP). The European Union is also a partner in the innovation of the governance of waterway management.

Ukrainian Sea Port Authority announces tender to build new berth at Mykolaiv port

The Ukrainian Sea Port Authority has announced a tender to build new berth No. 8 in the Mykolaiv seaport.The announcement was posted in the ProZorro e-system on October 20, 2017. The expected cost of works is UAH 317 million. The length of the berth will be 220.66 meters, depth near the berth will be 10.5 meters with a prospect of increasing it to 13 meters. «The project envisages construction of a berth and dredging works near it. Thus, the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority will boost the capacity of the Mykolaiv port, being among top three largest ports in freight turnover in the country. The new berth is new opportunities and new projects required for the further development of the Mykolaiv port and the region,» Ukrainian Sea Port Authority Head Raivis Veckagans said. Resident and nonresident companies are invited to take part in the tender. Bids can be submitted until November 20, 2017.



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