USPA has signed a Memorandum of cooperation with two leading ports of Egypt

The Memorandum of cooperation between the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and authorities of two Egyptian ports — Alexandria and Damietta — was signed in Kyiv on 2nd of November. In the future, it is planned to establish a bilateral working group with representatives of shipping lines, traders, port operators to discuss the implementation of joint projects. The signing was held in Kyiv within the framework of the Seventh Meeting of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between Ukraine and the Arab Republic of Egypt. From the Egyptian side, the Memorandum was signed by the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Dr. Sahar Nasr, from the Ukrainian side – Head of Odessa branch of the USPA (Odessa Seaport Authority), Igor Tkachuk. “The port of Odessa has a great experience of cooperation with the ports of Egypt. The cargo turnover between our ports is more than 4.5 million tons per year. More than half of these cargoes is export of agrarian products from Ukraine. The signing of the Memorandum will be an additional stimulus and a basis for the further development of bilateral cooperation”,— commented Igor Tkachuk. In turn, the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Dr. Sahar Nasr, noted that the authorities of the Arab Republic of Egypt welcome the intensification of dialogue and cooperation with Ukraine both at the interstate and the sector levels, in particular, it concerns the interaction between the ports of Ukraine and Egypt. In the near future, it is planned to create a joint working group, which will include representatives of the USPA and the authorities of the Egyptian ports, shipping lines, traders, port operators. Its’ task will be to discuss the implementation of joint investment projects and increase cargo turnover between our countries. Also, the signed Memorandum provides for a comprehensive exchange of information, mutual assistance of shipping companies, importers, exporters and forwarders, exchange of experience in the field of modernization of the port infrastructure, improving the quality of servicing vessels, development of IT services and technologies. Reference Alexandria is a city in the Nile delta, the main seaport and the second largest city in Egypt. The port is connected to the Nile by a navigable channel. Annual turnover — 15 million tons, accounting for about 80% of the total volume of foreign trade in Egypt. In the 1960s and 1970s, a large amount of industrial equipment was transported by sea from Odessa to Alexandria, mainly for the Aswan Highland Dam, a key building of the largest hydropower site in northern Africa. Port Damietta is located on the Mediterranean coast, 200 km east of Alexandria. It has terminals for general and bulk cargo. According to the 2015 draft, the capacity of the port for handling grain is increased to 7.5 million tons. There is a LPG plant (SEGAS LNG), a container terminal, a mineral fertilizer plant on the port territory.

USPA updates the fleet of pilot boats

The Branch office «Delta-pilot» of SE «Ukrainian sea ports Authority» at the end of October 2018 announced a tender for the purchase of three pilot boats. “During 2018, by the branch office of USPA “Delta-Pilot” more than 18 thousand pilotage of vessels was carried out. In this case, accidents, the cause of which could be done by incorrect actions of pilots, not fixed. The zero level of accidents indicates a high level of training of pilots of the state enterprise and confirms the effectiveness of the unified pilotage service existing in Ukraine and the tactics chosen by the EU as the basis for navigation safety. For the further safe pilotage of vessels, it is necessary to update the fleet of pilot boats”, said the head of the USPA, Raivis Veckagans. In accordance with technical requirements, specialized vessels must have a length of 17 meters and a maximum draft of 2 meters, the maximum speed at full displacement — of 15 knots. Also, the technical characteristics of the pilot boats should take into account the peculiarities of work in the Ukrainian ports in the winter period. The expected cost of three boats including VAT is 274,644,000 UAH. All information about the tender are in open access on the resource «Prozorro». In accordance with the Program for the renewal of the fleet of the USPA for the period 2017–2021, that was presented on July 21, 2017 at the Fleet Development Day (Ukrainian ShipYard Day — 2017), during 2018–2021 It is planned build/purchase six pilot boats. Reference: At present, there are fourteen specialized pilot vessels on the balance of the “Delta-pilot” branch office of USPA, eight of which were built after 2001. The gradual replacement of pilotage vessels will maintain the safety of navigation in the area of responsibility of the USPA.

Ukrainian seaports improved their positions in the WEF Global Competitiveness Report by 16 points

For the fourth year in a row, seaports of Ukraine have improved their positions in the Global Competitiveness Report 2018, compiled according to the World Economic Forum methodology. The port services and infrastructure of Ukraine received a score of 3.5 points in the latest version of the report, published on the WEF website in October 2018, and according to this indicator, our country ranked 77th. Improving the position of Ukrainian ports by 0.3 points compared with last year, allowed us to rise in the industry rating by 16 points. In 2017, Ukraine occupied the 93rd position. “The results of the Global Competitiveness Report are a real assessment by the business of the changes that are occurring in the port industry and the logistics of the country as a whole. The draft of the Development Strategy of Ukrainian Seaports till 2038, the position in this rating is one of the key indicators of the USPA efficiency. Our work is aimed at bringing the Ukrainian ports to a level higher than 5 points,” – Raivis Veckagans, Head of USPA, commented the results of the 2018 report. According to the results of the report, at present, none of the countries of the Black Sea-Azov basin in the level of competitiveness of port services and infrastructure has so far reached 5 points. However, for example, Turkey has already reached the indicator of 4.5 points and occupies the 50th place. Singapore leads the global port industry ranking, which managed to get around the Netherlands. The results of the port industry of Ukraine in the ranking based on the WEF methodology this year significantly exceeds the dynamics in other sectors of the transport infrastructure. The railway connection of Ukraine among other countries retained the same positions as last year, despite the improvement in the assessment by 0.4 points. Automotive infrastructure has risen only by 7 positions. In general, in terms of the quality of infrastructure, Ukraine has significantly improved its position, rising by 21 points from 78th to 57th place. The Global Competitiveness Index is a global study and accompanying ranking of countries in terms of economic competitiveness. Calculated according to the methodology of the World Economic Forum, based on a combination of publicly available statistical data and the results of a global survey of company leaders — an extensive annual study, which is conducted by the World Economic Forum along with a network of partner organizations — leading research institutions and organizations in countries that are being analyzed in report. The study has been conducted since 2004 and currently represents the most comprehensive set of competitiveness indicators for various countries of the world. The WEF Global Competitiveness Index has 12 components. These are the quality of institutions, state of infrastructure, penetration of IT and modern communications, macroeconomic stability, consumer market, labor market, financial system, size of the domestic market, health, education and skills, dynamics of business development, ability to innovate.

Dredging Day-2018: USPA presented to international and Ukrainian companies current dredging projects in the ports

SE «Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority» on October 22 held in Odessa Dredging day-2018. To the representatives of 10 foreign and Ukrainian companies from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, China and Ukraine were presented projects of capital and operational dredging in Ukrainian ports, canals and inland waterways, the realization of which will start in 2019 and will continue in the next few years. The total amount of work on the submitted projects is 16.335 million m3.   “Conducting of the capital and operational dredging in the ports is one of the main tasks that the state put for USPA. In the past two years, we have managed to ensure that the world's leading companies began to participate in tenders for the capital dredging in Ukrainian ports. This allowed us to achieve savings on the capital dredging projects in the ports of Yuzhniy and Chernomorsk in the amount of more than 400 million UAH,” said the head of the USPA, Raivis Veckagans. According to his words, in 2019 the implementation of large capital projects in the ports of Yuzhniy and Chernomorsk will be continued. At the same time, more than 50% of the planned capacity for implementation fall at the operational dredging. “Dredging Day is aimed at establishing an open dialogue with potential contractors. Our goal is to ensure transparency of the upcoming competitions, to attract the maximum number of participants to participate in them. We provide all the necessary information so that the dredging companies can plan their work and take into account the projects of the USPA in the Ukrainian ports when mobilizing and redeploying their dredging fleet in 2019,”the head of the USPA stressed. Also, experts of USPA are ready to provide all the necessary information on the preparation of documents for that all companies that submitted applications for participation in competitions could take part in them. The planned scope of work on projects that submitted to potential contractors is 16.335 million m3, which is in two times higher than in the current year. Dredging Projects in the ports were presented by the heads of branch offices of the USPA, which told the participants of meeting about the specifics of work in each of the water areas. In 2019, the next stages of capital dredging planned in the ports of Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. According to the project for reconstruction of the operating area of the 1st bucket of the Dry Estuary of the Illichevsky branch office of the USPA with an increase the depth up to 15 m (4–5 construction lines) the scope of work is 1,115 million m3. The planned term of realization is 4 months. Within the framework of the reconstruction of water approaches, maneuvering areas and operational water areas, taking into account the prospective cargo turnover of the Yuzhny seaport (the first stage of construction. The second and fourth launch complexes) the scope of work will be 6.339 million m3. The term of realization is 21 months. Projects to maintain passport depths proposed to the participants of Dredging day-2018 will be carried out in the ports of Kherson, Reni, Izmail, Odessa, Berdiansk, Mariupol, as well as on the Bugsko-Dneprovsko-Limansky channel; Kiev, Kamensky, Kanevsky, Kremenchugsky, Dneprodzerzhinsky, Dnieper and Kakhovsky reservoirs. The planned scope of operational dredging in seaports, canals and inland waterways is 8.88 million m3. Representatives of the Dutch companies such as Jan De Nul nv, Van Oord, Royal Boskalis Westminster, of the Belgian company Deme, of the China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd, of the Danish company Rohde Nielsen, of the Ukrainian companies such as “Specialized technical bureau Azimuth” LLC “Ukrstroyservis”, LLC “Tis –Hydrotechnic”, LLC “Complex-Delta” took part in the Dredging Day-2018, organized by the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority. Reference In 2018, USPA realizes projects on capital dredging in the ports of Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. Work on maintaining of the passport depths are in the ports of Izmail, Reni, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Mariupol, Berdiansk, in the near future it is planned to begin work in the port of Kherson.

USPA invites dredging companies to discuss dredging projects for 2018–2019

SE «Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority» invites 22.10.2018 at 14.00 representatives of the dredging companies to discuss the prospects for the implementation of dredging projects. During the meeting, planned to discuss capital and operational dredging projects in seaports, as well as in inland waterways. The total amount of planned work for 2019 is 16,335million m3: dredging capital – 7,455 million m3, operational in seaports and canals – 7,88 million m3, dredging works in inland waterways — 1 million m3. In particular, it planned to discuss the following projects: Capital construction: - Reconstruction of the operating area of the1st bucket of the Dry Estuary of the Illichevsky branch office of the SE USPA with an increase the depth up to 15 m (4–5 construction lines). - Reconstruction of water approaches, maneuvering areas and operational water areas, taking into account the prospective cargo turnover of the Yuzhny seaport (the first stage of construction. The second and fourth launch complexes). Maintaining of passport depths of the projects: - on the Bug -Dnieper Liman channel (BDLC) - of Berdiansk and Mariupol sea ports; - of Kiev, Kamensky, Kanevsky, Kremenchugsky, Dneprodzerzhinsky, Dnieper and Kakhovsky reservoirs. Also at the meeting, planned to pay attention to current industry directions such as: - Technical issues of realization of projects by type of equipment, scope of work, qualification requirements and terms; - Issues related to obtaining the necessary permits and licenses to perform certain types of work; - Questions relating to the tendering procedures in the e-procurement system «Prozorro». Additionally, detailed coverage of projects for non-resident contractors is planned. The meeting will be held 22.10.2018 at 14.00in Odessa, Lanzheronovskaya street, 1 (room No. 227). We invite all interested companies to register and participate. 

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