• 2018 March 14 16:13

    Pilot concession projects officially launched at the seaports 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 yesterday 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.

    “Today, on March 13, a new phase in the implementation of pilot public-private partnership projects (PPP) in Ukrainian seaport industry starts. The Ministry is glad to announce the official launch of the two pilot PPP projects — in SE «Stevedoring company „Olvia“ and SE „Kherson sea port“, which will open the concession path and, we hope, will benefit to the modernization of the industry. In the coming weeks, a team of experts and consultants will begin the development of feasibility studies for projects. This stage requires special attention. We are convinced that a structured and transparent process that regulates interaction between government and business is important for both sides», — the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine said.

    Volodymyr Omelyan stressed, that the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine initiated the development of the draft law «On Concessions», which wasapproved by the Government at the end of 2017 and should to be submitted to the Parliament in March 2018.

    «Concession projects in the ports of Olvia and Kherson are very important not only for the ports and industry, but for the state too. If these projects will held successfully — this will be an unequivocal success for Ukraine and a signal for foreign investors. And if the projects will fail, then we can forgot about the concession in Ukraine for years»,— the Minister stressed.

    Forasmuch as the seaports are an important component of Ukraine's transport infrastructure and export potential, the development of port infrastructure by attracting private investments is one of the strategic tasks of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.

    "Taking into account an international experience, the concession as a mechanism of public-private partnership is an effective method to attract private investments to the development of port infrastructure. But for Ukraine it is a quite new, and therefore requires detailed elaboration. The preliminary feasibility studies of projects was started at the end of 2016 and today, due to the joint work of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, SP3ILNO office and USPA we proceed to the final preparatory stage of concession project implementation in Olvia and Kherson ", — the head of the USPA Raivis Veckagans noted.

    The projects envisage attraction of private investments in the amount of up to USD 45 million for the modernization, re-equipment and increasing of the transshipment capacity of the SE "Kherson Sea Port ";  attraction of about USD 250 million for the construction of a new terminal and berths in the SE «Olvia». It will increase the capacity of cargo handling, ensure the development of the related infrastructure (railway station, electricity grids, roads), and, as a result, will increase economic activity in the region.

    With the support of the World Bank and the EBRD in May 2017, the development of preliminary feasibility studies of pilot concession projects was successfully completed, which showed the expedient of further detailed development  of feasibility studies.

    At the end of 2017, a Memorandum of cooperation between the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and IFC was signed, as well as an agreement between the State Enterprise «USPA» and the EBRD on further preparation of feasibility studies.

    In February 2018, the EBRD elected a consortium of international consultants to develop feasibility studies and prepare tender documents for both projects.


2018 June 18

18:12 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company takes part in TransCaspian/Translogistica 2018
17:57 Legislative amendment promotes automatisation tests in maritime transport with regard to manning and watchkeeping
17:35 First major forum on the new Silk Road organised by the Port of Marseille Fos
17:05 Aker Solutions teams up with SAP for next steps in digitalizing its business
16:45 HMM signs Letter of Intent for its mega containership orders
16:24 Victor Olersky handed in his resignation notice
16:18 European Council extends sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol for another year
16:05 DryShips announces agreements to sell two older Panamaxes
15:40 Tuapse Commercial Seaport elected seven BoD members
15:33 Poland holds World Maritime Day Parallel Event
15:13 IMO member states must progress on key sulphur cap issues at critical meeting in July
14:59 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 17,923 in RF spot market
14:13 Navios Maritime Containers announces acquisition of five containerships and options to acquire four additional containerships
13:35 Maersk launches a new line to the Middle East from Fos
13:00 Aker Arctic demonstrates autonomous vessel in model tests
12:36 ABB to improve Edda Fides floating hotel safety with leading digital technology
11:47 Freeport of Riga Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign cooperation agreement
11:24 Port of Tallinn signs MoU with the City of Tallinn for development of the Old City Harbour area
11:01 Dorian LPG Board declines BW LPG'S unsolicited proposal
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.76% to $72.88, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.73% to $63.73
10:12 Capital Product Partners L.P. announces new period charters for four of its product tankers
10:03 Port of Silloth invests £250,000 in new solar farm on Marshall Dock
09:41 Fishers fatalities give impetus to fishing vessel safety work
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points

2018 June 17

18:40 Port of Oakland's largest terminal operator OK new lease to 2027
18:38 GoodBulk Ltd. announces delivery of Capesize vessel
18:32 Navios Maritime Partners announces sale of containership and options to sell four additional containerships

2018 June 15

18:35 Hapag-Lloyd implements Peak Season Surcharge from Mediterranean to USA
18:05 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean adds Adelaide on the Australia service
17:54 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 5M’18 up 12% Y-o-Y to 6.05 million tonnes
17:35 GTT conducts two FEED studies on two types of Gravity Based System
17:20 Throughput of port Vyborg in 5M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 610,900 tonnes
17:05 Port of Koper officially part of the New Silk Road
16:40 Yantar Shipyard launches yet another trawler of Project SK-3101R
16:35 Port of Long Beach volume up to 687,427 TEU in May 2018
16:05 Royal IHC joins PortXL
15:45 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 5M’18 declined by 3% Y-o-Y to 7.49 million tonnes
15:22 Main phase of Nizhegorodsky hydrosystem project obtains state expert approval
15:21 VTG FastTrack makes ad hoc transportation from the Port of Hamburg possible
15:00 Vopak opens new rail infrastructure in the port of Antwerp
14:21 Royal IHC and IHC IQIP sign memorandum of agreement with SOIC
14:09 DNV GL issues first type approval for aluminium cables onboard ships
13:16 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’18 down 18% Y-o-Y to 22.63 million tonnes
12:48 Bunker prices are down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:27 Innovative solution for lowering of ship emissions tested in the port of Rotterdam
12:23 LUKOIL commissions third well at Filanovsky field second stage
11:59 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 5M’18 down 1% to 41.48 million tonnes
11:31 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 16% to 24.73 million tonnes in 5M’18
11:02 Lloyd’s Register and TWI launch Fullagar Technologies
10:30 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for Damen tugs Rotterdam & Beagle
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 0.14% to $75.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.09% to $66.83
10:02 Seaports of Ukraine handled 54.3 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’18, down 2.1% Y-o-Y
09:40 Throughput of Russian seaports in 5M’18 grew by 2.7% Y-o-Y to 328.4 million tonnes (detalization)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,433 points

2018 June 14

18:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from East Mediterranean ports to Gulf and Red Sea
17:47 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 5M’18 up 37% Y-o-Y to 15.34 million tonnes
17:33 APL unveils new China Southeast Asia Service 8
17:30 Specifications of products to be rated as manufactured in Russia will be updated
17:03 Pasha Hawaii receives new refrigerated containers as part of container replenishment program
16:48 State Duma approves federal law on setting rouble prices for services offered in Russian seaports (document)