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CAPACITIES OF ODESA PORT-SIDE PLANT COULD BE USED FOR GRAIN HANDLING – OFFICIAL

The supervisory board of Odesa Port-Side Plant (Yuzhne, Odesa region) next week will consider the possibility of launching grain handling at the plant’s facilities, First Deputy Board Chairman Mykola Schurikov has said on the MIG local TV channel.
“Today, at the plant’s facilities, it is possible, among other things, to transship the grain. We have the facilities and a huge resource to do it. This will give an opportunity to engage the team,” he said.
According to him, the grain transshipment could be done on the basis of urea transshipment or use for this new activity 3.2 hectares of land, available at the company, with the possible construction of a silo.
Schurikov said that the expanded meeting of the supervisory board will be held in Kyiv together with the trade union committee of the enterprise in connection with the critical situation that is seen at the plant.
He said that the main issue that will be addressed at the meeting is how to preserve chemical production and the staff, whose number has already decreased from 4,000 to over 2,800.

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FRANCE’S CMA WILL TAKE PART IN RECONSTRUCTING BERTHS AT ODESA PORT

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Odesa Maritime Merchant Port and Brooklyn-Kyiv Port LLC with the participation of the French company CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container carrier, have signed a memorandum of understanding in France, the Ministry of Infrastructure has reported.
“The development of cooperation between the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Brooklyn-Kyiv Port and CMA CGM is another example of effective public-private partnership. As part of this project, berths Nos. 13-z, 14-s will be reconstructed in Odesa,” Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority Raivis Veckagans said.
According to him, this will allow avoiding vessel idleness and significantly increasing the volume of cargo handling.
“The signed memorandum gives hope that in the near future a large-scale infrastructure project will be implemented in Odesa seaport, which will attract investment in infrastructure development, increasing cargo traffic and the number of ship calls at the port,” Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said.
CMA CGM Group is a shipping company headquartered in Marseille. According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, it is the largest sea container carrier in France with the total deadweight of 2.208 million TEUs, operating with a fleet of 445 vessels and servicing more than 420 ports in the world.

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STATE PROPERTY FUND TO HOLD TENDER TO SELECT ADVISOR FOR PRIVATIZATION OF ODESA PORT-SIDE PLANT

The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) will hold a tender to select an advisor for privatization of public joint-stock company Odesa Port-Side Plant, acting Head of the SPF Vitaliy Trubarov has said. “The Odesa Port-Side Plant will be privatized under the new law with the attraction of an advisor. Now we are working to prepare for a tender to select an advisor, as soon as the Economic Development and Trade Ministry selects their candidate to be a member of the commission, we would switch to the creation of tasks for the advisor and tender conditions,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Trubarov said that synchronously the fund jointly with international advisors is looking for ways to restructure debts of the company.
As reported, Public joint-stock company Ukrtransgaz has appealed to the National Police of Ukraine asking to interfere in the situation with rapidly growing debts of Odesa Port-Side Plant.
According to Ukrtransgaz, the amount of debt owed to Ukrtransgaz for the services of gas balancing for the needs of the Odesa Port-Side Plant, which was provided to the Ukrainian Energy Company, increased by another UAH 500 million only in April. In addition, the plant has its own debt to the company in the amount of UAH 473 million.

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