• 2017 December 7 14:14

    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», says USPA press release.

    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 developmentof 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».




2017 December 16

07:46 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
06:51 Hapag-Lloyd announces new rates from Far East Westbound East Asia (including Japan) to Europe N.C. and Mediterranean
06:49 Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam to launch a pilot project with ‘fixed windows’ for inland vessels with large call sizes
06:45 Miriam Maes to succeed Rutger van Slobbe as Chair of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Advisory Board
06:37 DNV GL launches first class guideline for additive manufacturing

2017 December 15

23:12 Russia and USA filed first ever joint note to IMO on shipping in Bering Strait and Bering Sea
18:20 Onezhsky Shipyard launched self-propelled hopper Silnaya (photo)
18:06 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Marstein
17:06 The Port of Gdansk to expand the Oliwskie Quay
16:50 Russia’s State Duma approves ensuring the priority of ships flying RF flag in the segment of short-sea shipping
16:21 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:34 Construction at NIBULON’s transshipment terminal in Mykolaiv is in full swing
14:45 Klaipėdos Nafta and Eesti Gaas begin cooperation in small-scale LNG distribution business
14:18 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Korea Shipowners’ Association as first sub-Arctic member
13:51 Baltic Workboats delivered 24m combat pollution and diving support vessel to Port of Klaipeda
13:29 WMU Executive Board 21st Session meets in London
12:56 Marine Recruiting Agency launches training project for Rosterminalugol
12:33 Skangas to source LNG at import terminal on Isle of Grain, UK
12:10 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 9.6% to 933 million tons in Jan - Nov 2017
11:58 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company holds training with participation of crane ships crew
11:32 Africa maritime cooperation centre launched
11:09 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14% to 13.1 mln t in 11M’17
10:44 Brent Crude futures price up 0.11% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.39% to $57.26
10:30 Rolls-Royce delivers first mobile MTU gas engines for Rederij Doeksen
10:11 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 39.21 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 6.5% Y-o-Y
09:57 IAA PortNews offers video of virtual round-table meeting “Best practices of coal transshipment in Russian ports”
09:32 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,668 points
09:16 GTT signs new Global Services Agreement with Chevron Transport Corporation
08:25 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Post-Panamax class dry-bulk vessel
07:05 Port of Los Angeles sets new record for highest monthly container volumes
06:04 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
05:04 The Foundation Det Norske Veritas assumes full ownership of DNV GL
04:43 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion wins contract for first European conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel LNG / MGO

2017 December 14

18:03 Bunker prices still maintain the potential for growth
18:02 Pacific centre launches on low-carbon shipping mission
17:37 Gazprom and Shell to handle oversized equipment for Baltic LNG at Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:29 Key decisions from MEPC 71 related to implementing BWM Convention outlined at BWMTech London Conference
17:05 Ulstein and TTS shortlisted for OSJ Innovation Award
16:35 HHI Group receives support of LR in building an LNG-fuelled future
16:05 Aker Solutions secures subsea services agreement with Statoil
15:50 Commercial Sea Port of Kandalaksha handled 1.46 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 3 times Y-o-Y
15:36 Special issue of PortNews magazine published for Transport Week is available online
15:25 United Nations experts endorse RF initiative
15:07 BASF extend their fleet with another Konecranes barge handler
14:52 Infrastructure development will be one of priorities of Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term
14:45 CMA CGM launches new, innovative and complementary set of products
14:03 Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships
13:31 CLdN adds fourth weekly sailing between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge
13:01 GTT and Korean DSEC sign Technical Assistance and License Agreement
12:29 IMO encourages member countries to ratify and enforce the London Protocol to prohibit dumping at sea
12:00 Bahri welcomes Abdullah Aldubaikhi as new CEO
11:30 Bunker fuel is still in short supply at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:01 Port of Oakland import volume ahead of last year’s pace
10:40 Outright prohibition of heavy fuel in the Arctic is not reasonable – maritime administrations of Russia and Finland
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 0.58% to $62.8, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.18% to $56.7
10:14 ABS awarded contract by Cenac Marine Services to support compliance with US Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements
09:59 Russia and Finland have similar positions on double control of fuel used by vessels
09:30 Amsterdam joins the ‘Premier League’ in the ethanol market
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,730 points
08:28 APL introduces mobile application for container tracking