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The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) is one of the largest state enterprises, which has strategic importance for the economy and security of Ukraine.

The USPA was founded in 2013 as a result of the maritime industry reform of Ukraine to manage state property in the seaports and to use it efficiently, create mechanisms to attract investments in the port infrastructure for its development and stable business performance. There are other tasks of the USPA, like maintenance of the passport depths of the ports’ water area and ensuring safety of navigation, etc.

The USPA is part of the management of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and unites Ukrainian seaports and other infrastructure objects, contributing to the development and competitiveness of each of them. The structure of the enterprise consists of the head office in Kiev and the main representative office in Odessa, Delta-pilot and Dredging fleet branches and 13 branches in the seaports of Ukraine:

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The Ministry of Infrastructure supported by “SPILNO” PPP Project Management Office moves ahead with the pilot concessions in ports Olvia and Kherson. Selection of the consultants’ consortium, comprising leading international and experienced Ukrainian companies, made a good start for the feasibility studies preparation. The consultants, backed by EBRD and IFC, began their work in March this year. The key findings of a comprehensive market analysis combined with a thorough financial, technical, environmental and legal analysis, formed a solid basis for the feasibility studies of both projects. During the meetings with potential investors, the suggestions of a wide range of domestic and international private partners were collected. Feasibility studies demonstrate that concession in Olvia port may potentially: (a) attract investments of about UAH 17.3 bln, (b) increase budget revenues up to UAH 58 bln within entire 35 years of the contract, including revenues from the concession fees up to UAH 19.5 bln. In its turn, Kherson Port over the next 30 years might: (a) get investments of about UAH 1.37 bln, (b) increase budget revenues up to UAH 14.3 bln for the entire duration of the concession contract, including revenues from concession fees up to UAH 2.8 bln. Working Groups under the Ministry of Infrastructure finalized a Conclusions on the efficiency analysis on PPP in both ports in October this year. Now we are heading to the next step — approval of the Conclusions by the Ministry of Economy to enable the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine to form the tender commission and proceed with the tender organization.
The State Service for Maritime and River Transport of Ukraine (Maritime Administration) has announced a competition for vacant positions of captains of 13 seaports of Ukraine. The relevant advertisement posted on the website of Maritime Administration. «Such an innovative management decision witness about considerable attention of acting government to the infrastructure sphere of the economy, which may and should substantially fill the state treasury,» — reported the press service of the Maritime Administration. According to the announcement, the competition will be held by the National Agency for Civil Service. «The competition is conducted (…) in accordance with the requirements established by law in relation to the professional competence of a candidate for employment on position in the civil service, assessment of his personal achievements, knowledge, skills and abilities, moral and business qualities for proper performance of official duties. And also with the principles of equal access, political impartiality, legitimacy, public trust, non-discrimination, transparency, integrity, reliability and compliance with testing methods, consistency of application of testing methods, effective and fair selection process,»- said in the statement. Deadline of filing documents — November 19, 2018. ports.com.ua
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, in accordance with the Procedure on competitive selection of candidates for the position of an independent member of the supervisory board of a state unitary enterprise and their appointment, and on competitive selection of candidates for the position of an independent member of the supervisory board of business entities, in which more than 50 percent of shares (parts) in the share capital are owned by the state, who are proposed by a state-owned company for the selection process of independent members of the supervisory board, approved by Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of March 10, 2017, No. 142, Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of September 3, 2008, No. 777 “On competitive selection of managers of business entities of the state sector of the economy” and Order of the Ministry of Infrastructure of 26 September 2018 No. 436 “On selection for the positions of independent members of the Supervisory Board of the State enterprise “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority” hereby announces a selection for the positions of independent members of the Supervisory Board of the State enterprise “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority”. More  
Ukrainian grain trading company Nebulon is to invest $2 billion to build new grain silos and transportation barges in Egypt’s Nile Delta region, the Egyptian supply ministry said on Sunday. The silos would be erected on two sites near the Alexandria and Damietta ports, and 20 barges would be built each with a capacity to transport 2,000 tonnes of grains along the river, the ministry said in a statement. The first phase of the investment, under a recent agreement, would begin in the next two years, it said, without elaborating. REUTERS
The first international conference MONEY & PORTS – 2017is held on October 26, 2017, in Odessa. Venue – ‘Bristol’ Hotel. Organizer – ‘Ports of Ukraine’ Publishing House. Co-organizer — World Bank Group (the project of the International Financial Corporation ‘Reforming the investment climate in Ukraine’, funded by the Government of Switzerland).With the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. At the conference, for the first time in the maritime transport industry, the problems of the flow of funds in the market of port services in Ukraine will be comprehensively analyzed and highlighted. The discussions of especially acute topics will take place in the format of paneling and a «round table.» AMONG THE TOPICS OF THE CONFERENCE: - Value analysis of the Ukrainian port services market.— Port dues: the strategy of changes and the methodology for calculating rates.— The share of port services in transport logistics.— Evolution of tariffs for loading and unloading operations in the seaports of Ukraine.— Dynamics of the additional services charges in the ports of Ukraine.- The price of bureaucracy.- How much does the seaport cost? Foreign experience and domestic analogies.- Money for the development of port facilities: where to get?- How to optimize costs when designing and building a new terminal.- Losses due to restriction of competition or abuse by monopolists. — The financial side and the inevitable risks in the activities of the port agent in Ukraine, etc. COST OF PARTICIPATION IN THE CONFERENCE – 270 EUR. PROVIDED DISCOUNTS:  for registration of two representatives from one company — 10%;  for registration of three or more representatives from one company — 15% The conference will provide opportunities for fruitful communication between the leaders of transport companies, cargo owners, traders, financiers, carriers, terminal operators, marine agents, freight forwarders; representatives of state structures. It will be interesting for «land» businesspersons and potential investors who are just eyeing the market. We have prepared an attractive system of discounts for you. Details and registration at: www.money.portsukraine.com Organizing Committee: Ph.: +380 (482) 37-38-82, fax: 37-38-35. E-mail: \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


State Enterprise «Ukraine Sea Ports Authority», Ministry of Infrastructure together with the State Property Fund of Ukraine initiates the implementation of private business development projects in the port of Skadovsk. It is a question of restoring the effective use of berths and territories of small ports and port points under conditions of a mutually beneficial berth lease. Right now, the website of the State Property Fund of Ukraine offers five berths for lease in the port of Skadovsk and port point “Khorly”. They can be used for servicing both cargo and passenger vessels. Potential objects of the lease also include land plots of the State Enterprise «Skadovsk Commercial Sea Port», which, in conjunction with the berths of Skadovsk Branch of the State Enterprise «USPA», form perspective areas for the development of the port.   Skadovsk Port has all the prerequisites for the implementation of investment projects by both Ukrainian and foreign companies. The port has a positive experience of cooperation in the field of export-import operations with Turkish partners. In addition, Skadovsk is an active alternative to the closed ports of the temporarily occupied Crimea. The port is located in a region with developed agrarian production and large reserves of high-quality sand. In the past, only the port point “Khorly” of Skadovsk port provided sand trans-shipment in the amount of about 4 million tons per year. The berths of the port are adapted for cargo storage, export-import operations and according to passport characteristics, can receive Ro-Ro type vessels. For example, the backyard of berth No. 1 has warehouse areas of SE «Skadovsk Commercial Sea Port» with the total area of more than 7400 square meters, while the backyard of berth No. 2 has land plots for “import” and “export” vehicles with a total area of more than 25000 square meters. In addition to cargo operations, the Skadovsk port can be used for the development of passenger transportation on the Mykolaiv-Ochakiv-Kinburn-Skadovsk line. The maritime route can be an interesting alternative for long bus or car connections. Also, these directions can be used for the development of tourist routes to Dzharylgatsky National Nature Park and the Black Sea Biosphere Reserve. Lease of berths involves attractive lease conditions if the Lessee invests money to repair the berths. Information about the lease of berths of Skadovsk branch of SE “Ukraine Sea Ports Authority” is published on the official website of State Property Fund of Ukraine. Information about lease of berths and other public-private partnership projects can also be found on the invest portal of «USPA» www.investinports.com. The USPA, in its turn, is ready to provide all potential customers who wish to lease berths and related infrastructure objects with comprehensive information about their condition, technical features, the amount of necessary reconstruction and repairs for a fully functional restoration.
The Reni branch of the Ukraine Sea Ports Authority is considering the possibility of attracting investors for the implementation of a public-private partnership project for the creation of a terminal for the reception, accumulation, storage and bunkering of vessels by liquefied natural gas at the seaport of Reni. The project envisages the construction of a LNG terminal and a floating-point for bunkering of vessels in the territory of the so-called «Service bases» of the seaport of Reni. The location in the special economic zone «Reni», the proximity of the Odessa-Bucharest international route, along with the possibility of efficient use of existing assets and related infrastructure, makes the LNG terminal project promising and beneficial both for the state and for a potential private investor. Among the benefits of the project for a private investor is the possibility of obtaining international and European grants, participation in international programs for the construction of LNG terminals in order to reduce the environmental burden on the environment, as well as the inclusion of the Danube ports of Ukraine in the European Transport Network (TEN-T). It is expected that the implementation of the investment project will contribute to the increase in the number of vessels' take-offs into the Reni port and, consequently, to increase revenues from port fees and other services for USPA, as well as revenues to the budgets of different levels (tax payment, concession payment) for the state. In addition, the project will have a significant positive impact on the economic, social and environmental situation in the region by creating new jobs, modernizing the infrastructure and reducing harmful emissions on inland waterways of Ukraine, in particular, on the Danube. It should also be noted that the urgency of the creation of a LNG terminal, among other things, is due to the necessity of equipping stations of bunkering of vessels with LNG in Ukrainian seaports.By 2025, sufficient LNG terminals must be installed in seaports in accordance with Directive 2014/94/EU. Many European countries use liquefied natural gas as fuel for vessels for more than ten years. This has had a positive impact on both the economic efficiency of maritime transport and the environment. Vessels working on liquefied natural gas are still few, but their number is constantly increasing. The project is planned for the period of 2020–2025, the presentation is located on the investment portal of Ukraine Sea Ports Authority investinports.com.
According to the results of two months of 2019, Ukrainian ports processed more than 23 million tons of cargo, which exceeds the figures for the similar period of last year by more than 2.5 million tons (or 12.5%). Enablers of such positive dynamics in cargo turnover were products of agroindustrial complex, metallurgical industry, container cargo and fertilizers. Thus, during January-February the volume of transshipment of grain cargo amounted to almost 8.5 million tons, which is 35.5% more than in 2018. Ore handling increased by more than a quarter (+ 25.8%) (4.6 million tons against 3.7 million tons in the first two months of last year). Almost 16% growth was demonstrated by oil — more than 1 million tons have already been transshipped. The growth trend of container cargo handling is stable: + 20.5 thousand TEU as compared to January-February 2018. Before the sowing campaign, there was an increase in imports of chemical and mineral fertilizers, both packaged and bulk. The total volume of their transshipment during the first two months of the year amounted to more than 350 thousand tons, which is more than twice the same indicator of the previous year. Just like in January, the growth of transshipment was primarily due to exports, the volume of which increased by more than 3.2 million tons (+ 21.5%) compared to last year, while imports and transit, on the contrary, decreased by 5% and 24% respectively. According to the results of two months, the absolute leader in the volume of cargo transshipment was the port of Yuzhnyi with 7.36 million tons, which is almost a quarter (+ 24.9%) more than in January-February 2018. Mykolaiv port almost reached the mark 5 million tons. Almost 4 million tons of cargo were processed in Chornomorsk and Odesa ports in two months: 3.99 million tons and 3.97 million tons, respectively. During January-February Ukraine's seaports processed 1726 vessels, which is 6.7% or 124 units less than last year. The leaders with the increase in the number of vessels are the same as in January — Chornomorsk, Olvia and Kherson. The services of water transport in the ports of Odesa and Chornomorsk for the first two months were used by 3159 passengers. Favorable weather conditions made it possible to carry out 53 vessels by the Dnipro River from the beginning of the year and transport 78,1 thousand tons of cargoes, mainly cereals — 66,5 thousand tons. The full review of cargo turnover in January-February 2019 with the nomenclature of goods and ports and in comparison with the same period last year can be found here. Passenger information is available at this link. Data on vessel transits and cargo transportation by the Dnipro River can be found here.
On May 30–31, the main event of the port industry — Ukrainian Ports Forum 2019 will take place in Odesa. The international forum, first organized and conducted by the Ukraine Sea Ports Authority and the Center for Transport Strategies in 2018, becomes annual. Ukrainian Ports Forum is a live discussion of all topical port and near-industry issues with market participants, government officials, the international community, Ukrainian and foreign investors and financiers, experts and market analysts. The main topic of the Ukrainian Ports Forum 2019 will be joint projects of Ukraine with the EU on the development of TEN-T corridors, cumulative portfolio of investment projects in the port industry is estimated at 900 million euros. In accordance with the “Strategy for the Development of Sea Ports of Ukraine till 2038”, investments in the industry can reach up to 35 billion UAH. The central panel of the forum – a dialogue with representatives of the European Commission, IFIs, government and business about opportunities of Ukrainian seaports in a single logistics system of Europe and options for attracting funding and co-financing formats. We will discuss with Ukrainian and European experts the following issues: — Possibilities of the implementation of PPP projects in the port industry — The main trends in the handling of grain, container, general, bulk cargo in Ukraine and in the world. — Technical aspects of investment projects implementation We are also planning to hold several specialized events: — EBA conference on port industry lobbying — Traditional HR conference for port industry specialists — Workshop on digitalization of ports: modern technologies in the processing and handling of cargo, collection and analysis of information, provision of services — Round table on maritime security in ports The business program of the forum provides B2B meetings with leading Ukrainian and international companies and government representatives. See you at Ukrainian Ports Forum on May 30–31, 2019 in Odesa!
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at its meeting on February 6, 2019 agreed on the nominations of members and the Supervisory Board of the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority”. Wolfgang Hurtienne (Germany), Jan Van Shoonhoven (Netherlands), Patrick Verhoeven (Belgium) and Yulia Klimenko (Ukraine) became independent members of the Supervisory Board of USPA. Dmytro Barinov, Anton Yashchenko and Taras Trotsky will represent the state on the Supervisory Board. The winners of the competitive selection at the Government meeting were presented by the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleksandr Saenko, who is a member of the Committee for the appointment of managers and members of Supervisory Boards of state-owned enterprises that are especially important for the economy of Ukraine. “The formation of a Supervisory Board is an important step towards the implementation of a corporate management system in the public sector. It is very important for the USPA that the Supervisory Board consists of professionals with a good understanding of the specifics of the global port industry, experts who have extensive experience working with IFO, as well as implementing changes at the state level. I am confident that the existence of such a professional collegiate body will help increase the efficiency and transparency of our activities, bring the Ukrainian port industry closer to the best world standards and further integrate Ukraine into the EU. It will also allow cooperating on a qualitatively different level with the state, domestic and international partners — investors, financial organizations, and other port industry stakeholders. The Supervisory Board is a real “window of opportunities” that we all should use to develop the seaports of Ukraine. I hope for fruitful cooperation! ”, the head of the USPA Raivis Veckagans commented. At the conclusion of the formal appointment procedures, the USPA’s Supervisory Board will convene for its first meeting.


The Cabinet of Ministers approved the possibility of corporatization of the USPA, respectively, the next year the state enterprise may receive new status and opportunities. Among them — simplification of attraction of loans, transparent management on a collegiate principle, introduction of world practices of property disposal, simplification of procurement procedures.
On 31 May, the Ukranian Sea Ports Authoritiy (USPA) officially joined ESPO as an observer member. We thought this would be the perfect occasion to have an interview with Mr Raivis Veckagans, CEO of USPA, to present the Ukranian port sector, as well as himself! USPA is responsible for 13 Ukrainian seaports. What is the role of USPA with regards to these ports? What are the main characteristics and challenges of USPA?
The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) was established in Ukraine four years ago. The main goal of creating a new state enterprise was the division of economic and administrative functions. All strategic port assets were transferred to the USPA balance: berths, water areas, channels to which equal access should be provided as for state as well as for private stevedores. 18 separate branches were established in the Ukrainian ports. All port dues were transferred to the USPA accounts so that it could correctly allocate funds in accordance with the port development strategy and government policy of industry management. «The establishment of the USPA was the starting point in the maritime industry reform. The reform should have been not 4 years ago, but 20 years earlier. Ukraine would have a completely different situation in the ports, especially in terms of working with investors. This is the main mistake of the predecessors,» said Raivis Veckagans, the current Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, to the CTS, adding: «It is unworthily of me to discuss the flaws of the USPA management from June 2017. Such nuance as unfair separating balances leads today to land confusion, but at the time of the USPA creation, the task of not letting down the economy of newly created enterprises was more important than the purity of the process, because many state ports did not exist on account of stevedoring activity, but port dues. Yes, there were many good projects that were never finished, but „stalled“ at a certain stage for various reasons. The pace of renewing the infrastructure could be more dynamic … But there were achievements too, such as creation of team, introduction of information systems and registers that systematize a wide range of data on port performance, simplification of the procedures for vessels handling, and point projects for dredging and repairing the port infrastructure. My task is to be a hundred times more efficient and continue the reform of the maritime industry. We are aiming to show a new quality of Ukrainian ports work — without corruption, with large-scale investment projects, favorable conditions for shippers and port workers, with new international partners, as transparent as possible. We are doing well according to the projects that have been launched this year».


According to the order of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine of 06.16.2014 #255 «On closure of seaports», registered in the Ministry of Justice of 06.24.2014 № 690/25467 Ukraine closes to international shipping the following seaports, which are located on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea: Yevpatoriya, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia and Yalta. This document was adopted pursuant to the Order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 30.4.2014 #578-p «Some issues on functioning of the sea and river transport» and in accordance with the Procedure for opening and closing the ports, approved by Order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 11/7/2013 #495.




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