• 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 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes
16:36 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and NAODAN Chartering
16:26 YILPORT Holding wins Port Operator Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards
16:03 Rosmorport releases RFPs for design of an DF 12/14MW icebreaker
15:49 Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand
15:46 Baltic Sea Ports Authority icebreakers assist merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland
15:21 Containerships receives its first LNG-powered container vessel
14:44 Uncertainty lingers in fuel markets despite OPEC cuts
14:17 Maersk Line receives Containership Operator of the Year award
14:13 Iran-Indonesia to develop port cooperation
13:22 NOIA: U.S. territories need the Offshore Wind for Territories Act
13:12 QPS inks first "Green Loan" with BNP Paribas
12:48 Panama Canal signs agreement with Brazil's Port of Itaqui
12:32 Port of Ust-Luga throughput in Jan-Nov drops 4% to 90.27 million tonnes (updates)
11:34 Port of St. Petersburg eleven-month volume rises 11% to 54.15 million tonnes (updated)
11:06 Nonius Engineering to join the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its sponsor and speaker
10:16 Crude oil futures gain to $ 60,44 (Brent) and $ 51,32 (WTI)
09:07 Baltic Dry Index down 0.81% to 1353 points
08:34 CMA CGM receives the Environment Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards

2018 December 12

19:08 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:30 MEYER WERFT handed over AIDAnova to AIDA Cruises
18:21 IMO led panel discussion on wreck removal challenges at Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference in London
18:00 Newbuilding methanol carrier for Proman Shipping named CASTARA
18:00 Rosneft develops innovations for Russian Zvezda super-shipyard
17:46 Damen signs with Port Nelson for ASD Tug 2411
17:37 Almaz shipyard lays down icebreaker of Project 21180М, Yevpaty Kolovrat, for RF Navy
17:14 Comprehensive plan for NSR development to be ready by February 2019 – Yevgeny Ditrikh
16:49 Investments in the Arctic by 2024 estimated at RUB 5.5 trillion - Dmity Kobylkin
16:23 Vladimir Putin orders to look into creation of port SEZ at Olya port in Arkhangelsk Region
15:50 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% Y-o-Y to 746.8 million tonnes (detalization)
15:26 Okskaya Sudoverf launches first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
15:02 American Petroleum Institute (API) awards bolt fatigue testing program contract to DNV GL
14:25 Giant Octopus added to the CPC’s stock of ER equipment
14:01 London hosts global port environment experts
13:20 Pola Anatolia, dry cargo ship of RSD59 design, successfully passed sea trials
13:01 Newcastle Container Terminal to deliver savings for regional NSW
12:36 Sovcomflot BoD considered the Group’s financial plan for 2019 and a forecast for 2020-2021
12:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Ismene with Koch
11:49 Yury Trutnev appointed as head of revised State Commission for Arctic Development
11:22 Three icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 11-12
11:00 COSCO SHIPPING Ports partners with Abu Dhabi Ports to create regional trading hub and Middle East gateway for Belt and Road
10:47 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’18 up 15% Y-o-Y to 22.9 million tonnes
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 1.16% to $60.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $52.3
10:11 Full bonded area is opened in Port Bronka
10:01 WMU welcomes ITF General Secretary and President
09:59 GTT receives an order for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
09:44 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,364 points
09:15 LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie loads first cargo from Yamal LNG third train
08:28 Boskalis Ndurance’ cable trencher successfully tested at Alexiahaven
08:05 Maritime Blockchain Labs announces new consortium to improve crew management