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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:

Industry News

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.  

USPA News

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and Port of Antwerp International / APEC signed a memorandum of understanding. The document provides for the expansion of cooperation between the USPA and one of the largest ports in Europe, a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Ukrainian seaports and further interaction in order to attract investment in their development. The signing took place with the participation of Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belgium to Ukraine Alex Lenaerts. “Experts from Port Antwerp International will conduct a SWOT-analysis of the situation in Ukrainian seaports and will formulate a plan of partnership assistance in implementation of the development strategy of Ukrainian seaports. Trainings for specialists of the USPA start this week in the areas of pricing for port services, work within the framework of port landlord model, concession project implementation, as well as the peculiarities of the interaction of environmental services in the port.” — noted the Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Raivis Veckagans. He also added that the signing of this memorandum is a logical step to continue the cooperation of the USPA with one of the largest ports in Europe, which has been continuing since the early 2000s. During this time dozens of specialists in the maritime industry of Ukraine have already been trained at the APEC Training Center. From Belgian port side, the memorandum was signed by Kristof Waterschoot, managing director of Port of Antwerp International and the APEC Port Training Center. He stressed that the Black Sea region and, in particular, the seaports of Ukraine are now at the center of attention of international experts. Port of Antwerp International is acting internationally, not only as a consultant, but also as an investor. In particular, the company invested 10 million dollars in Porto do Aç (Brazil) in 2017 and more than 2 million dollars in the port of San Pedro (West Africa) in 2016. Further cooperation with Ukrainian ports will also consider the possibility of Belgian and international experts participation in attracting investments and implementing projects on development of port infrastructure in the seaports of Ukraine. Reference Port of Antwerp International is located on the Schelde River. The total area of its territory — more than 13 thousand hectares, the length of the berthing front – 166 km, railways – 1061 km, roads – 409 km, storage areas – 610 hectares. The cargo turnover of the port in 2017 amounted to more than 220 million tons, more than 50% of them – container cargo, and another third is liquid cargo. The total income of the port consists of transfer to lease / concession (46%), port dues (33%), tonnage dues (14%), leasing of equipment (3%). Depths in the port are up 13.5 — 18.5 m.
Ukrainian seaports as of November 26, 2018 exceeded the volume of cargo handling in the same period of 2017 by more than 760 thousand tons according to operational data. Ports on the Black and Azov Seas continue to work in regular mode. This was stated by the Head of the USPA, Raivis Veckagans, at the Infrastructure Day of the European Business Association. Since the second half of the year, Ukrainian seaports managed not only to reduce the 3% lag in transshipment volumes of the previous year figures, but also to exceed it by 0.6% or by 767 thousand tons in the end of November. According to Raivis Veckagans, this was achieved due to increased efficiency of grain transportation by rail. The Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority stressed that the introduction of martial law in Ukraine did not affect the operational activities of the ports. Work on loading and unloading vessels continues on both the Black Sea and the Azov Seas. The current situation, of course, affects the cost of goods transportation from the Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea. “The USPA, in turn, continues to invest in the development of these ports. By the end of next year, we plan to bring the depths in the ports of Berdiansk and Mariupol to the passport depths. Another dredger will be transferred there after the repair. Also, in Mariupol, the investment project on the reconstruction of the berth No. 4 and the construction of a new grain terminal in conjunction with SE «Mariupol Commercial Sea Port» is continuing,— Raivis Veckagans told about the plans for the development of ports. Implementation of the project, in which the USPA has already invested more than UAH 50 million, will increase the capacity of the terminal up to 1.5 million tons per year.
Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea operate in a regular mode. Loading / unloading of vessels that had previously passed the Kerch-Yenikalsky strait continues. According to the operational data, the movement of vessels through the channel has been restored in the morning of November, 26th 2018. 30 vessels are expecting their turn at the passage to/from the ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk (16 are moving from the ports, and 14 are heading to the ports). In total by the end of 2018, according to operational data, Ukrainian ports at Azov Sea can accept and handle about 80 ships.
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.
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.

Analytics

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».
Транспортный поток через Украину снижается шесть лет подряд. Ставит ли война крест на транзитной привлекательности государства? Всемирный банк регулярно публикует масштабный отчет Logistics Performance Index – рейтинг логистической привлекательности стран. В 2010‑м Украина занимала в нем 102‑е место, в 2012‑м поднялась уже на 66‑е, а в 2014‑м добралась до 61‑й строки. Однако реальные показатели работы транспорта говорят о куда менее радостной картине. Шестой год подряд Украина теряет объемы транзита. В мирном 2013 году от экспорта транспортных услуг наша страна выручила $8,6 млрд, что составляет 4,7% ВВП. Много это или мало? В Латвии, которая находится на 36‑й позиции рейтинга Всемирного банка, доходы от транзита формируют 12% валового внутреннего продукта. В отечественной транзитной выручке наибольшая доля пришлась на «трубу» – $3,3 млрд. На втором месте – железная дорога с $1,6 млрд. Но за девять месяцев 2014 года (более полных данных пока нет) украинские транзитные заработки по сравнению с аналогичным периодом 2013‑го сократились на 21%, до $4,7 млрд. Причем самый глубокий спад затронул трубопроводный и железнодорожный транспорт: минус 27 и 35% соответственно. «Укрзалізниця» – крупнейший перевозчик страны – начала терять транзитную выручку давно. В 2012‑м транзит рухнул почти на 18% в натуральных показателях. С учетом потерь 2014‑го за эти три года железная дорога лишилась почти 20 млн т грузов. Это очень много – примерно столько же прошло в 2014-м транзитом через все украинские порты. Кстати, в них ситуация не лучше: минус 9% в тоннах без учета Крыма и минус 29%, если его учитывать. Что собой представляет транзит через Украину? В 2013 году Россия была страной происхождения для каждой шестой тонны, перевезенной морским транспортом, для каждой пятой – автомобильным плюс почти 70% железнодорожного транзита и почти 100% – трубопроводного. Если добавить Казахстан, Беларусь и Молдову, то получим 95% всей грузовой базы транзита. Основные товарные группы – газ, нефть и нефтепродукты, руды, черные металлы, удобрения, продукты неорганической химии. Восточный сосед давно взял курс на то, чтобы его грузы обходили Украину стороной. Россия еще в 2012‑м приняла Стратегию развития морской портовой инфраструктуры до 2030 года, в которой обозначила задачу сократить объемы перевалки своих грузов в портах сопредельных стран. В год принятия документа через порты соседних стран РФ отправила около 100 млн т собственных грузов – 17% ее портового грузооборота. К 2015‑му эта доля должна была сократиться до 8,2%, а к 2030‑му – до 4,1%. Этой цели россияне подчинили свою тарифную, инвестиционную и регуляторную политику на транспорте. Так что дело не только в войне. Украине следовало озаботиться поиском других грузов, а также сделать свои транспортные госмонополии более дружественными к клиентам. «По нашей компании транзит снижается уже давно. С 2008 года его спад составил 81%. Причина – в неадекватной политике «Укрзалізниці», как тарифной, так и по управлению своим парком», – утверждает гендиректор экспедиторской компании «Пакобо» Василий Палко. По его словам, военные действия отражаются на транзите не очень сильно, поскольку затрагивают лишь небольшую часть территории. Тенденция характерна для всего экспедиторского бизнеса, стивидорных компаний и даже авиаперевозчиков. Например, авиакомпания МАУ после обвала курса гривны все надежды связывает с транзитом, но испытывает трудности из‑за нынешнего военного имиджа Украины. В 2013 году компания Roland Berger Stra­te­­­­­gy Consultants с центральным офисом в Мюнхене разрабатывала для Министерства инфраструктуры Стратегию развития морских портов Украины до 2020 года. Еще тогда специалисты фирмы прогнозировали, что доля транзита в портах будет сокращаться. Это связано с созданием более благоприятных условий в Румынии, Болгарии и странах Балтии, а также с развитием портовых мощностей России, отмечает эксперт компании Мария Михайленко. Литва, Латвия и Эстония смогли перетянуть на себя значительную часть грузопотоков по линии Азия – Европа. Еще в начале 2000‑х здесь начали создаваться свободные экономические зоны. Схема привела к настоящему инвестиционному буму. За девять лет работы Клайпедского порта инвесторы вложили в его развитие 230 млн евро, и за это время грузооборот порта вырос в 2,4 раза. В Рижский порт на протяжении 10 лет было инвестировано более 270 млн евро, перевалка увеличилась в 2,6 раза. Большинству украинских портов такие темпы и инвестиции даже не снились. «Потенциал Украины для морского транзита – это транзитные потоки ТRАСЕСА», – говорит Михайленко. ТRАСЕСА – межправительственная комиссия, созданная с целью развития транспортных коридоров Европа – Кавказ – Азия. Сквозное падение Но «трасековские» грузы не смогут компенсировать падение российского транзита через Украину (свыше 27 млн т с 2008 по 2014 год). Даже если ТRАСЕСА возьмет на себя всю несырьевую торговлю между странами – участницами коридора и Евросоюзом, Украина сможет претендовать примерно на половину этого объема, то есть на 6 млн т, подсчитали в Roland Berger еще до начала конфликта в стране. ТRАСЕСА нередко фигурирует в заявлениях отечественных чиновников как панацея для лечения транзитных болезней. Но в распоряжении Forbes есть исследование экспертов этой межправительственной комиссии. В нем проведено сравнение трех альтернативных транспортных коридоров: трансроссийского, или северного, трансиранского, или южного, и транскавказского. Только последний идет через Украину. Но у него оказались самые плохие показатели в отношении скорости, стоимости, надежности доставки. Более всего негативному рейтингу способствовали сложность прохождения таможенных процедур и недостаточно гармонизированная документация между странами – участницами маршрута. Казахстан, Россия и Беларусь, которые в рамках Таможенного союза максимально унифицировали свои процедуры, получили самый высокий индекс логистической привлекательности. А как же высокие оценки Всемирного банка для Украины? Его критерии связаны скорее с физическим состоянием транспортной и логистической инфраструктуры. ТRАСЕСА же оценивает маршрут комплексно. Конечно, полностью транзита Украина не лишится. Частные компании будут привлекать грузы собственными силами. Но чтобы серьезно поменять ситуацию, должно подключиться государство, вернее, несколько государств. forbes.ua

Announcements

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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