Port pro of the month: Raivis Veckagans

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?

Black Sea ports signed an action plan to revive cruise shipping for the next 3 years

During the 52nd General Assembly of the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MedCruise), which took place in Valletta, Malta on May 23–26, 2018, the Black Sea ports signed an action plan of the revival of cruise shipping for the next 3 years. The delegation of the State Enterprise «Ukrainain Sea Ports Authority» included the deputy chief of the Odessa port for operating activities Ruslan Sakhautdinov, the head of the cruise infrastructure service Oleg Fetisenko and the specialist of the department of strategic planning and development Mariia Luzhanska.

Announced the official launch of concession projects in the ports of 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 today 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.

ESPO welcomes the Ukrainian ports as observer member

The Ukrainian Sea Port authority (USPA) is joining ESPO as an observer member. This follows a decision of the General Assembly of ESPO, who gathered yesterday for their assembly and for the annual conference in Rotterdam.

“We are very pleased to welcome USPA as an observer member in ESPO. The Black Sea is a very important part of Europe’s maritime network with ESPO member ports in Romania and Bulgaria. The Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, make Ukraine’s ports an important part of the wider European transport network. USPA’s membership of ESPO is a logical consequence of the Ukraine’s strong relationship with the EU. There are already excellent working relationships between ESPO members and Ukrainian ports and I am delighted now to welcome USPA as an observer member in our organisation strengthening ESPO’s presence in the Black Sea” says ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly.

Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority receives observer status at ESPO

Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) January 27, 2018 – The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) has received the status of observer of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO).

May 30 to June 1, USPA will take part in the annual ESPO conference and work of the ESPO technical committees.

“The entry of the USPA into ESPO is an important step in Ukraine’s integration into international transport infrastructure. Ukraine is now officially part of the European port community. In addition, membership in the ESPO will enable us to adopt the best European practices of port operations. This step is also important from the point of view of implementation of the roadmap on the implementation of EU regulatory documents in the field of maritime transport, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine”, said Raivis Veckagans, head of USPA.

As Ukraine is not an EU member state, USPA joins ESPO with observer status.

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