The opportunity to use all three seaports of Big Odesa within the framework of the Istanbul Grain Initiative will help increase transshipment volumes to three or five vessels a day within two weeks, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov has said.
“Our goal is to increase transshipment in ports. Within two weeks we plan to reach the transshipment volume of three or five vessels per day,” the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) quoted him as saying in connection with the departure of the first vessel from the port of Pivdenny – Sacura with 11,000 tonnes of soybeans for Italy on Monday.
Earlier, as part of the grain initiative, eight vessels with corn, sunflower seeds and sunflower oil with a total tonnage of over 250,000 tonnes left the ports of Odesa and Chornomorsk. Four of them with 84,500 tonnes have already arrived in Istanbul and have been or are being tested by the Joint Coordination Center.
Together with the vessel Arizona, which also left Chornomorsk for Turkey on Monday, carrying 48,500 tonnes of corn, the total number of vessels reached 10, and their tonnage was about 310,000 tonnes.
In addition, within the framework of the Istanbul Grain Initiative, the first vessel for loading since the beginning of the war has already arrived in the Ukrainian port on August 7, and the second on the same day was inspected by the Joint Coordination Center near Istanbul.
“We are working with the guarantors of the agreements so that the grain corridor works smoothly and all the requirements for shipping are met,” Kubrakov said.
In January 2022, the Mykolaiv Sea Port increased cargo transshipment by 60.8% compared to January 2021, to 3.2 million tonnes.
As reported on the page of the Authority of the Mykolaiv seaport on Facebook, in general, in January there was a positive trend in the transshipment: 1.53 million tonnes of grain, 333,200 tonnes of vegetable oil, 564,500 tonnes of ore, 182,100 tonnes of ferrous metals and 108,600 tonnes of cast iron.
In addition, in January, the Mykolaiv sea port significantly increased the transshipment of export cargo to 2.41 million tonnes, import cargo to 640,700 tonnes, coastal cargo to 120,600 tonnes.
Since the beginning of the year, the port has handled 191 ships and 11,855 wagons.
As reported, the Mykolaiv Sea Port in 2021 reduced cargo transshipment by 0.9% by 2020, to 29.869 million tonnes.
Pivdenny maritime merchandise port transported 16.7 million tonnes of cargo in 2021, which is 2.1 million tonnes or 11.17% less than in 2020 (some 18.8 million tonnes of cargo), according to the port website.
In 2021, the port handled 13.8 million tonnes of export cargo, 2.14 million tonnes of imported cargo and 747,000 tonnes of transit and coastal cargo.
Last year, 229 vessels were handled at the berths of the state stevedore, 102 of which are large-capacity Capesize bulk carriers. In particular, in 2021, the state stevedore unloaded three vessels with wind turbine elements, including 79-meter blades, and four vessels with thermal coal for Centrenergo and DTEK.
The port notes that export cargo accounts for 83% of the company’s cargo turnover.
Pivdenny maritime merchandise port specializes in transshipment of bulk, general and packaged cargo transported by sea, rail and road. It operates five deep-water berths, two of which handle Capesize vessels, loading them to full cargo capacity.
Pivdenny port was founded in 1978. It is located on the banks of the Adzhalyk estuary and is the deepest in Ukraine. The total length of the berths is about 2.6 km.
Odesa maritime merchandise port in January 2021 handled 1.654 million tonnes of cargo, which is 18.4% less than in January last year.
According to the website of the state-owned enterprise Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, during this period the port reduced the transshipment of export cargo by 23.3%, to 1.243 million tonnes, transit by 27.1%, to 71,610 tonnes, transshipment of imported grew by 11.1%, to 339,350 tonnes.
At the same time, coastal transshipment in January 2021 was not recorded.
Transshipment of dry and bulk cargo in the Odesa seaport for the specified period decreased 33.6%, to 520,830 tonnes, packaged goods by 17.4%, to 1.004 million tonnes. Transshipment of bulk cargoes in turn grew almost fivefold, to 128,910 tonnes.
Container handling in January 2021 amounted to 45,388 TEU (22.2% down).
Mykolaiv seaport in January 2021 reduced transshipment of goods by 24% compared to January 2020, to 1.99 million tonnes.
According to the website of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, in January the port reduced transshipment of export cargo by 30.6%, to 1.391 million tonnes, increased transshipment of imported cargo by 0.1%, to 516,760 tonnes, transshipment of transit goods by 0.3%, to 28,300 tonnes.
At the same time, the seaport handled 54,320 tonnes of cabotage cargo, a decrease of 21.2% compared to January 2020.
Transshipment of liquid cargo in Mykolaiv seaport in January increased by 29.1%, to 285,400 tonnes, dry bulk cargo decreased by 30.6%, to 1.434 million tonnes, packaged goods decreased by 18.4%, to 270,880 tonnes.
Mykolaiv seaport is located on an area of 97.3 hectares and a water area of 224.5 hectares.
The port has 15 berths with a total length of 2,962 meters.
Ukrainian seaports in January-November of this year handled 145 million tonnes of cargo, which is 1% more than in the same period last year, representatives of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) said during the EBA Infrastructure Day on Thursday.
According to the USPA, the export of goods for 11 months-2020 increased by 3.6%, imports decreased by 8.3%, transit – by 10.3%.
“Exports increased due to such cargo as ore and metal, imports decreased due to ore and coal, transit decreased due to a reduction in ore supplies from the Russian Federation through the port of Pivdenny,” the USPA reported.
According to the published information, in the structure of cargo handling, grains make up 30% of cargo, ore – 28%, ferrous metals – 11%, containers – 8%, other bulk cargo – 6%, oil – 4%, etc.
Most of the cargo (28%) was handled by four seaports: Pivdenny, Mykolaiv, Odesa and Chornomorsk.
As reported, the seaports of Ukraine in 2019 handled 160 million tonnes of cargo, which is 18.4% more compared to 2018.