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The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) will pay more attention to dredging, service functions, and berths and other infrastructure should go to concession through tenders, head of the supervisory board of the USPA Andriy Haidutsky said.
“As you know, investments in each berth are estimated on average from UAH 500 million to UAH 1.5 billion, depending on the type of berth, its length, depth, and so on. Of course, the USPA does not have such large funds, since we have revenue of about UAH 7 billion and about UAH 2 billion of profit, but the shareholder – the state – likes to take 50-70% of the funds as dividends. Thus, we have very limited capital investments, and there is demand for new berths and infrastructure renewal. The USPA is changing – it will pay more attention to dredging, service functions, and berths and other infrastructure should go to concession through tenders,” he said during the Ukrainian Ports Forum 2021.
He noted that pilot projects of concessions in the seaports of Kherson and Olvia are already being implemented, concession tenders are being prepared in the ports of Chornomorsk, Odesa and Berdiansk.
“In the future, we will move to the concession of individual berths – this is also a world practice. And thus the state will be able to continue to receive dividends, and the port infrastructure will be able to receive investments directly in the development of the industry,” he said.
As reported, with reference to acting head of the USPA Oleksandr Holodnytsky, the transfer of the integral property complex of Kherson seaport to the concessionaire will be completed in June 2021, the property complex of Olvia specialized seaport – in December 2021.

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Pivdenny Commercial Sea Port (formerly Yuzhny, Odesa region), the largest seaport of Ukraine in terms of transshipment volume, increased cargo handling by 14.49% in 2020 compared to, to 61.665 million tonnes.

According to the information on the website of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, in 2020, the port increased handling of export cargo by 20.17%, to 47.63 million tonnes, reduced handling of import cargo by 0.67%, to 7.212 million tonnes and transit cargo by 6.66%, to 6.477 million tonnes. Coastal cargo was handled 12.5 times more than in the previous year, 346,620 tonnes.

In terms of cargo nomenclature, in 2020, the seaport increased handling of liquid cargo by 23.9%, to 5.32 million tonnes, dry bulk cargo by 13.96%, to 51.743 million tonnes, and packaged goods by 10.53%, to 4.602 million tonnes.

Handling of containers for the specified period amounted to 243,790 TEU (more by 11.49%).

Pivdenny seaport 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.


The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority has completed work on operational dredging in Mykolaiv seaport.
According to the agency’s press service, the total amount of work exceeded 890,000 cubic meters. The implementation of the project allowed bringing the depths on the approach channel of Mykolaiv port to 11.2 meters, and in the water area of Dnipro-Buzsky port to 11.5 meters.
“Restoring passport depths allows private and state-owned stevedoring companies to fully utilize the technical capabilities of port infrastructure, reduces the cost of marine logistics and makes products of Ukrainian manufacturers more competitive in the world market,” the press service said citing Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority RaivisVeckagans.
The administration notes that Mykolaiv became the fifth of seven ports where the agency planned to conduct operational dredging in 2019.
As reported, for the nine months of 2019 volume of cargo transshipment in the port amounted to more than 23 million tonnes, which is 20.4% more compared to the same period last year.