Port of Antwerp International will provide consulting services to the USPA on tariff setting, concession and environmental policy

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and Port of Antwerp International / APEC signed a memorandum of understanding. The document provides for the expansion of cooperation between the USPA and one of the largest ports in Europe, a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Ukrainian seaports and further interaction in order to attract investment in their development. The signing took place with the participation of Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belgium to Ukraine Alex Lenaerts. “Experts from Port Antwerp International will conduct a SWOT-analysis of the situation in Ukrainian seaports and will formulate a plan of partnership assistance in implementation of the development strategy of Ukrainian seaports. Trainings for specialists of the USPA start this week in the areas of pricing for port services, work within the framework of port landlord model, concession project implementation, as well as the peculiarities of the interaction of environmental services in the port.” — noted the Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Raivis Veckagans. He also added that the signing of this memorandum is a logical step to continue the cooperation of the USPA with one of the largest ports in Europe, which has been continuing since the early 2000s. During this time dozens of specialists in the maritime industry of Ukraine have already been trained at the APEC Training Center. From Belgian port side, the memorandum was signed by Kristof Waterschoot, managing director of Port of Antwerp International and the APEC Port Training Center. He stressed that the Black Sea region and, in particular, the seaports of Ukraine are now at the center of attention of international experts. Port of Antwerp International is acting internationally, not only as a consultant, but also as an investor. In particular, the company invested 10 million dollars in Porto do Aç (Brazil) in 2017 and more than 2 million dollars in the port of San Pedro (West Africa) in 2016. Further cooperation with Ukrainian ports will also consider the possibility of Belgian and international experts participation in attracting investments and implementing projects on development of port infrastructure in the seaports of Ukraine. Reference Port of Antwerp International is located on the Schelde River. The total area of its territory — more than 13 thousand hectares, the length of the berthing front – 166 km, railways – 1061 km, roads – 409 km, storage areas – 610 hectares. The cargo turnover of the port in 2017 amounted to more than 220 million tons, more than 50% of them – container cargo, and another third is liquid cargo. The total income of the port consists of transfer to lease / concession (46%), port dues (33%), tonnage dues (14%), leasing of equipment (3%). Depths in the port are up 13.5 — 18.5 m.

USPA: Ukrainian ports continue to work and increase cargo handling

Ukrainian seaports as of November 26, 2018 exceeded the volume of cargo handling in the same period of 2017 by more than 760 thousand tons according to operational data. Ports on the Black and Azov Seas continue to work in regular mode. This was stated by the Head of the USPA, Raivis Veckagans, at the Infrastructure Day of the European Business Association. Since the second half of the year, Ukrainian seaports managed not only to reduce the 3% lag in transshipment volumes of the previous year figures, but also to exceed it by 0.6% or by 767 thousand tons in the end of November. According to Raivis Veckagans, this was achieved due to increased efficiency of grain transportation by rail. The Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority stressed that the introduction of martial law in Ukraine did not affect the operational activities of the ports. Work on loading and unloading vessels continues on both the Black Sea and the Azov Seas. The current situation, of course, affects the cost of goods transportation from the Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea. “The USPA, in turn, continues to invest in the development of these ports. By the end of next year, we plan to bring the depths in the ports of Berdiansk and Mariupol to the passport depths. Another dredger will be transferred there after the repair. Also, in Mariupol, the investment project on the reconstruction of the berth No. 4 and the construction of a new grain terminal in conjunction with SE «Mariupol Commercial Sea Port» is continuing,— Raivis Veckagans told about the plans for the development of ports. Implementation of the project, in which the USPA has already invested more than UAH 50 million, will increase the capacity of the terminal up to 1.5 million tons per year.

USPA has signed a Memorandum of cooperation with two leading ports of Egypt

The Memorandum of cooperation between the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and authorities of two Egyptian ports — Alexandria and Damietta — was signed in Kyiv on 2nd of November. In the future, it is planned to establish a bilateral working group with representatives of shipping lines, traders, port operators to discuss the implementation of joint projects. The signing was held in Kyiv within the framework of the Seventh Meeting of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between Ukraine and the Arab Republic of Egypt. From the Egyptian side, the Memorandum was signed by the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Dr. Sahar Nasr, from the Ukrainian side – Head of Odessa branch of the USPA (Odessa Seaport Authority), Igor Tkachuk. “The port of Odessa has a great experience of cooperation with the ports of Egypt. The cargo turnover between our ports is more than 4.5 million tons per year. More than half of these cargoes is export of agrarian products from Ukraine. The signing of the Memorandum will be an additional stimulus and a basis for the further development of bilateral cooperation”,— commented Igor Tkachuk. In turn, the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Dr. Sahar Nasr, noted that the authorities of the Arab Republic of Egypt welcome the intensification of dialogue and cooperation with Ukraine both at the interstate and the sector levels, in particular, it concerns the interaction between the ports of Ukraine and Egypt. In the near future, it is planned to create a joint working group, which will include representatives of the USPA and the authorities of the Egyptian ports, shipping lines, traders, port operators. Its’ task will be to discuss the implementation of joint investment projects and increase cargo turnover between our countries. Also, the signed Memorandum provides for a comprehensive exchange of information, mutual assistance of shipping companies, importers, exporters and forwarders, exchange of experience in the field of modernization of the port infrastructure, improving the quality of servicing vessels, development of IT services and technologies. Reference Alexandria is a city in the Nile delta, the main seaport and the second largest city in Egypt. The port is connected to the Nile by a navigable channel. Annual turnover — 15 million tons, accounting for about 80% of the total volume of foreign trade in Egypt. In the 1960s and 1970s, a large amount of industrial equipment was transported by sea from Odessa to Alexandria, mainly for the Aswan Highland Dam, a key building of the largest hydropower site in northern Africa. Port Damietta is located on the Mediterranean coast, 200 km east of Alexandria. It has terminals for general and bulk cargo. According to the 2015 draft, the capacity of the port for handling grain is increased to 7.5 million tons. There is a LPG plant (SEGAS LNG), a container terminal, a mineral fertilizer plant on the port territory.

Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea operate in a regular mode

Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea operate in a regular mode. Loading / unloading of vessels that had previously passed the Kerch-Yenikalsky strait continues. According to the operational data, the movement of vessels through the channel has been restored in the morning of November, 26th 2018. 30 vessels are expecting their turn at the passage to/from the ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk (16 are moving from the ports, and 14 are heading to the ports). In total by the end of 2018, according to operational data, Ukrainian ports at Azov Sea can accept and handle about 80 ships.

USPA updates the fleet of pilot boats

The Branch office «Delta-pilot» of SE «Ukrainian sea ports Authority» at the end of October 2018 announced a tender for the purchase of three pilot boats. “During 2018, by the branch office of USPA “Delta-Pilot” more than 18 thousand pilotage of vessels was carried out. In this case, accidents, the cause of which could be done by incorrect actions of pilots, not fixed. The zero level of accidents indicates a high level of training of pilots of the state enterprise and confirms the effectiveness of the unified pilotage service existing in Ukraine and the tactics chosen by the EU as the basis for navigation safety. For the further safe pilotage of vessels, it is necessary to update the fleet of pilot boats”, said the head of the USPA, Raivis Veckagans. In accordance with technical requirements, specialized vessels must have a length of 17 meters and a maximum draft of 2 meters, the maximum speed at full displacement — of 15 knots. Also, the technical characteristics of the pilot boats should take into account the peculiarities of work in the Ukrainian ports in the winter period. The expected cost of three boats including VAT is 274,644,000 UAH. All information about the tender are in open access on the resource «Prozorro». In accordance with the Program for the renewal of the fleet of the USPA for the period 2017–2021, that was presented on July 21, 2017 at the Fleet Development Day (Ukrainian ShipYard Day — 2017), during 2018–2021 It is planned build/purchase six pilot boats. Reference: At present, there are fourteen specialized pilot vessels on the balance of the “Delta-pilot” branch office of USPA, eight of which were built after 2001. The gradual replacement of pilotage vessels will maintain the safety of navigation in the area of responsibility of the USPA.



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