• 2018 September 24 14:18

    Feasibility study of concession of state stevedoring companies «Olvia» and «Kherson» presented for acquaintance to potential investors

    On 19th September, 2018 in Kiev, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) held a conference for potential participants of the upcoming contests for the selection of the concessionaire in ports of Olvia and Kherson. According to the press release of USPA (Ukrainian Sea Port Authority) says Representatives of more than 25 Ukrainian and foreign companies (USA, China, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Japan, Turkey, Qatar, Korea) came to Kiev to get acquainted with the presentation of feasibility studies of the projects..

    The feasibility study of pilot concession projects was developed by the Consortium of International Consultants, formed by the EBRD and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The opening of the conference was attended by: the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan, the Head of the USPA, Raivis Veckagans, the IFC regional manager for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Jason Brett Pellmar, and the Head of Infrastructure and Energy of the EBRD in Ukraine, Mark Magaletsky.

    «Business is interested in concession projects of state stevedoring companies in ports of Olvia and Kherson. After the presentation of the feasibility study of the projects, we will hold more than 10 individual meetings with potential investors, where we will discuss the possibility of their participation in the concession tenders", Raivis Veckagans noted. In addition, he added that the pilot projects in Olvia and Kherson are only the first step in the transformation of state-owned stevedoring companies through public-private partnership. In the future, based on the experience of the first concession tenders, the state and investors will be able to interact more effectively when implementing similar projects in ports of Chornomorsk and Yuzhnyi.

    The professional interest of business in pilot projects of state stevedores concessions in ports of Olvia and Kherson is also evidenced by the composition of the conference participants. Basically it is port operators, cargo owners and international traders. All of them either have extensive experience in the port industry in Ukraine and abroad, or are interested in creating or developing their own transshipment facilities in Ukrainian ports.

    “This once again proves that Ukraine is becoming more interesting for investors. We strive to prepare concession projects in accordance with the best world practices in strict accordance with all norms and rules. This will allow investors to be confident in their investments and become strategic long-term partners of Ukraine. And I want to emphasize that the President of Ukraine and the Government support the modernization of infrastructure and attracting investors through the mechanism of public-private partnership. I hope that the bill on concession No. 8125 will be voted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in October,” said Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan. He also added that the feasibility study of the pilot projects of Olvia and Kherson was developed in accordance with the current legislation, therefore, a tender for choosing a concessionaire can be held regardless of the adoption of a new bill.

    Some representatives of foreign companies on the eve of the conference had time to get acquainted with the work of state stevedores in ports of Olvia and Kherson. „We’ve just returned from Kherson and Mykolayiv, got acquainted with the work of stevedores in these ports, so today's presentation of the feasibility study of the concession was twice as interesting for us. Projects, of course, deserve attention. But before making further decisions, we need to get acquainted with the conditions in detail and analyze them taking into account the peculiarities of the Ukrainian market,“ the representatives of the Nectar Group (UK) commented on the results of the conference.

    In turn, the participants of the conference from the Turkish company CEYGROUP — the operator of Samsun port – are considering the concession projects of the ports of Olvia and Kherson in the context of developing their business and building a single logistics chain from Ukrainian producers of agricultural products to the end user – the clients of the Turkish company. „We are already processing agricultural goods from Ukraine. The possibilityof developing own transshipment in these ports will bring us closer to the manufacturer and may allow us to optimize the logistics. Some conditionsfor feasibility studies, for example, the number of personnel, in comparison with international benchmarks, require additional consultations. However, the projects as a whole are interesting“.

    Individual negotiations between representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, IFC, EBRD, USPA and investors will continue until the end of the week.


2018 October 23

18:01 Sea trials of SMK-2187, modular search-and-rescue boat of Project 23370М, completed in Kamchatka
17:29 Stevedoring division of UCL Holding handled 27.2 million tonnes of cargo in 9M’18
17:00 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.3% to 6.92 billion tonnes in 9M’18
16:05 MPC Maritime acquires three Panamax-sized container vessels
15:22 Pirate attack averted off the east coast of Somalia
15:03 WinGD set to increase technical capacity through new Engineering Centre in Shanghai
14:57 KfW IPEX-Bank and Commerzbank finance third expedition ship for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
14:15 Crowley christens Commitment Class combination container/roll on-roll off ship
13:40 Port of Immingham is home to award-winning rooftop solar array
13:14 Verifavia Shipping signs cooperations with two major global ship managers
12:26 Bunker prices are flat in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:01 OOCL introduces new Asia – West Africa direct services
11:42 RS class: new supertanker successfully performed ship-to-ship LNG bunkering
11:24 DP World reports 3.7% gross like - for - like volume growth in 9m 2018
10:59 Woodside signs cooperation agreement with ENN
10:35 INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project commences LNG shipment
09:58 Brent Crude futures price down 0.38% to $79.53, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.27% to $69.17
09:24 IMO approves a programme of actions to deliver the initial strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
07:14 GTT receives a new order from DSME for the tank design of an LNG carrier

2018 October 22

18:33 Rolls-Royce and Sunseeker agree new framework agreement for supply of MTU engines
18:32 OOCL introduces new Mediterranean and West Africa direct service
18:29 Rotterdam expects record 50,000-tonne shipment of pig iron
18:01 Arctic Council meeting of Environment Ministers ends with talks about future cooperation
17:39 IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee meets
17:16 Glavgosexpertiza approves modernization of onshore facilities in Salekhard
16:22 Humber International Enterprise Park plans reshaped after public feedback
15:34 Nornickel’s Polar Transportation Division carried 2.4 million tonnes of cargo in navigation season 2018
15:10 ESPO congratulates Port of Valencia, Ports of Bremen, Port of Moerdijk and Port of Tangier for renewing Ecoports’ Environmental Standard
14:17 Sovcomflot named a finalist in four different categories of 2018 Lloyd’s List Global Awards
13:55 Onezhsky Shipyard delivered ice-class buoy tender named Fortuna
13:23 Pavilion Energy and BW ink deal for long-term charter of two Singapore-flagged LNG newbuilds
12:58 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 21,455 in RF spot market
12:36 LUKOIL BoD recommends interim dividend amount
12:13 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 9M’18 down 1.5% Y-o-Y to 37.46 million tonnes
11:51 Power of gender diversity on the agenda at Seatrade Maritime Middle East
11:32 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.6% to 14.69 million TEUs in Jan-Sep’18
11:09 Abu Dhabi Ports collaborates with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company on international blockchain solution Silsal
10:50 Port of Singapore throughput in 9M’18 grew by 0.9% Y-o-Y to 470.49 million tonnes
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.69% to $80.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $69.76
10:09 NYK PCTC receives special award from the Association for Rescue at Sea
09:47 STLC to obtain additional RUB 5.9 billion of federal subsidies in 2018
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,765 points
09:06 ABS awards AIP to HHI’s standardized FPSO topside
08:08 DP World, UAE Region wins Terminal Operator of the Year at Maritime Standards Awards
06:22 ABS awards AIP to HHI’s deepwater FLNG hull

2018 October 21

08:54 20,000 TEU COSCO SHIPPING Sagittarius named in Shanghai
08:50 CFO Paul Smits leaves the Port of Rotterdam Authority
07:52 COSCO SHIPPING starts shipment of Toyota exhibits

2018 October 20

08:47 Boskalis, Van Hattum en Blankevoort and Mobilis construct deep-sea quay for the new HES Hartel Tank Terminal at Maasvlakte
08:10 Navios Partners announce filing of F - 1 for direct listing of Navios Containers
08:06 Maersk Line increases FAK rates for Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC trade
08:04 U.S. Navy contracts Austal to order materials for EPF 13
07:44 EU Commission launches the European Network of U-space Demonstrators

2018 October 19

18:42 ABN AMRO, Samsung SDS and the Port of Rotterdam Authority launch container logistics blockchain pilot
18:07 Stena Line's battery hybrid vessel completes its first month of operation
17:56 ABN AMRO, Samsung SDS and Port of Rotterdam Authority launch container logistics blockchain pilot
17:35 Port of Gdansk participated in the CILF 2018 fair in China
17:11 Gdansk pays a visit to Singapore
16:57 Testbed established for Internet of Ships Open Platform