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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 branch 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.  


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 Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine approved the Ownership Policy of the state enterprise «Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority», which defines the objectives of the enterprise, the principles and mechanisms of management of the company, and outlines the expected results of its activities in the medium term. USPA is the first national state-owned enterprise that received Ownership Policy. The document was formed on the basis of the developed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade «The main principles of the implementation of property policy in relation to economic entities of the state sector of the economy», which were approved by the Cabinetof Ministers in October 2018. "Approval of the Ownership Policy is an important part of the corporate governance reform of the USPA, which primarily aims at improving the efficiency and transparency of the enterprise's operations, its management of its assets and their rational use. The Ownership Policy defines the goals and priorities according to which the State owns the enterprise. In particular,— increase of competitiveness of sea ports of Ukraine in the Black Sea-Azov basin ",— commented the head of the USPA. The Ownership Policy clearly defines the key objectives of the USPA, dividing them into commercial (ship services and specialized services in seaports) and non-commercial (maintenance, efficient and safe operation and development of port infrastructure, organization and security navigation, ensuring compliance with the legislation on environmental protection, maintenance of declared depths, development and implementation of plans for the development of seaports, navigation support on-line excuse waterways, etc.). In addition, the Ownership Policy sets out the basic principles under which enterprise management should be implemented. Apart from already mentioned professionalism as the basis of this process, one of the most important is the principle of demarcation of the functions of the state as the owner and as a regulator: the state exercises control and regulation, however, it does not interfere with the operation of the business entity. The document stresses the need for further corporatization of the State Enterprise USPA by transforming into a joint-stock company, 100% of which shares will belong to the State. Particular attention is paid to issues of social responsibility — labor relations, ecology, and energy efficiency. The document complies with the world's leading practices, in particular, the OECD Guidelines for Corporate Governance of SOEs (Recommendations on Corporate Governance of State Enterprises of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), taking into account the specifics of the activity of the AMU. The property policy project was developed with the advisory support of the reform support teams of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. The order for approval and the document itself are published on the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure. Ownership Policy of the state enterprise «Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority»
The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority announced two tenders for dredging in the ports of the Azov Sea. Applications for participation in tenders for operational dredging in Mariupol and Berdiansk seaports are accepted until January 14, 2019. The relevant information is published in the ProZorro electronic procurement system. “The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority has decided to divide the scope of work in ports on the Azov Sea. This is done so that potential contractors can mobilize the necessary fleet to perform works in each specific port. We are interested in attracting the maximum number of participants in tenders and the earliest possible start of dredging works in Mariupol and Berdiansk,” said the Head of the USPA, Raivis Veckagans. The amount of work that needs to be done in Berdiansk port is 1.85 million cubic meters, of which: 1.4 million cubic meters — on the approach channel and 466 thousand cubic meters — in the inner water area of the port. Expected cost of work — 430 million UAH without VAT. The volume of dredging is 1.9 million cubic meters in Mariupol port. The main works (1.79 million cubic meters) are to be carried out on the approach channel of the Coal Harbor, and 115 thousand cubic meters — in the port’s water area. The expected cost of dredging is 460 million UAH without VAT. Currently, in the ports of the AzovSea, dredging works are carried out by the own vessel, the USPA, the self-propelled dredger “Meotida”. However, its capacity is not enough to carry out the entire scope of work necessary to ensure passport-carrying sediments of vessels heading to ports. Given the difficult situation in Azov, the removal of depth restrictions is an important factor in reducing the cost of cargo transshipment and improving the competitiveness of Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea. The procurement is carried out by the new, specialized branch “Dredging Fleet” of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, whose functions include the organization and implementation of dredging works, providing guaranteed dimensions on inland waterways and in the water areas of seaports. It should be noted that only in 2018, the USPA has announced tenders for dredging in the ports of Azov three times, but all of them did not take place due to the fact that less than two companies applied for it.
The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, SE «Odessa Commercial Sea Port» and Brooklyn-Kyiv Port Ltd in the presence of Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan, and with the participation of the CMA CGM signed in Paris a memorandum on the implementation of investment project in Odessa seaport. The implementation of a large-scale project is divided into 2 queues. It is planned to increase the length of the berthing line within the framework of the implementation of the first stage, which Brooklyn-Kyiv Port Ltd together with the CMA CGM use for the handling vessels with its container terminal. Now the company is working at the berths of the USPA No. 42, 43. But their length does not allow simultaneous processing of large-tonnage container ships of 300 meters long and Panamax-type vessels of 225 meters in length. Brooklyn-Kyiv Port Ltd. predicts a potential attraction of an additional 50,000 TEU per year. «The development of cooperation between the USPA, Brooklyn-Kyiv Port Ltd. and CMA CGM is another example of an effective public-private partnership. In accordance with our port development strategy until 2038, public-private partnership projects will attract nearly UAH 44 billion investments in the development of the port industry. The reconstruction of berths № 13-z, 14-z in Odessa seaport will be implemented within the framework of this project. This will avoid demurrage of vessels and significantly increase the volume of cargo handling,» said Raivis Veckagans, Head of the USPA. In order to implement the project, the investor intends to obtain the right to operate (use) berths 13 and 14 in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine, as well as to finance the work on the reconstruction of berths at his own expense. It is also planned to carry out dredging works in Zavodskaya harbor of Odessa seaport with the development of approaches to the berth No. 14-z, which will create conditions for safe passage and handling of vessels near the berths of the container terminal «Brooklyn-Kyiv Port». The second phase of the project envisages expanding the territory of the container terminal operated by Brooklyn-Kyiv Port Ltd., due to the section of the water area of Odessa seaport near the berths No. 8-z, 9-z, 10-z, 11-z, 12-z, 13-z, as well as at the expense of the shipyard territory «Ukraine» Reference: CMA CGM is a transport shipping company headquartered in Marseille (France), mainly engaged in container shipping. It is the largest in France and the third largest container carrier in the world with a total deadweight of vessels at 2.208 million TEUs. The company operates a fleet of 445 vessels and serves more than 420 ports around the world. The Brooklyn-Kyiv Port Terminal is the base for the CMA CGM in Ukraine.


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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