State-owned enterprise (SOE) Ukrainian Sea Port Authority in January-October 2018 increased dredging works using own fleet by 13% year-over-year, to 1.3 million cubic meters (mcm). “However, the volume of works to be carried out is larger. Only in 2018 we announced tender to select subcontractors in the ProZorro e-procurement system under seven projects with a total volume of over 5.5 mcm,” the press service of the authority reported.
The Ukrainian Sea Port Authority plans to double dredging works at Ukrainian ports in 2019, bringing the volume of projects to 16.335 million cubic meters.
The Ukrainian Sea Port Authority is a SOE that oversees the operation of 13 seaports on the territory of Ukraine. Founded in 2013, it owns strategic facilities for port infrastructure, which include seaport areas, hydraulic structures, berths and public infrastructure such as approach roads and utility networks.
The SOE provides for the functioning of seaports, charges port dues and provides general maintenance services. Each port has a branch of the authority, which acts as the administration of the port. 80% of the authority’s revenue is denominated in U.S. dollars, whereas in expenditures the hryvnia component dominates.
The Ukrainian Sea Port Authority plans to double dredging works at Ukrainian ports in 2019, bringing the volume of projects to 16.335 million cubic meters, the press service of the authority reported after Dredging day 2018 held in Odesa. “This figure reflects the amount of work that the Sea Port Authority plans to start in 2019 compared to the amount of work that was planned to start in 2018,” the press service of the authority told Interfax-Ukraine.
At the same time, the authority said that the consolidated data on the implementation of the dredging plan for the current year are now being collected, work on individual facilities is proceeding as part of the plan, and for some of them even ahead of schedule.
The plans for 2019 include the continuation of dredging at the ports of Chornomorsk and Yuzhny (both Odesa region), including work to dredge the first boot basin of the Sukhy estuary of the Chornomorsk port in the amount of 1.1 million cubic meters with a planned period of four months, as well as in Yuzhny port (second and fourth launch complexes) in the amount of 6.339 million cubic meters with a planned implementation period of 21 months.
To maintain the passport depths, it is planned to carry out work in the amount of 8.88 million cubic meters in the ports: Kherson, Reni, Izmail, Odesa, Berdiansk, Mariupol, as well as on the Buzko-Dniprovsky-Lymansky canal; Kyiv, Kamianske, Kaniv, Kremenchuk, Dniprodzerzhynsk, Dniprovske and Kakhovka water reservoirs.
State-owned enterprise (SOE) Ukrainian Sea Port Authority and the TIS Group have signed a memorandum of understanding, providing for the implementation of infrastructure projects at the Yuzhny seaport (Odesa region), according to a posting on the website of the Infrastructure Ministry. The memorandum envisages the uniting of efforts of the SOE and the private company to develop Yuzhny port’s infrastructure.
The authority seeks to conduct dredging works in the internal canal leading to the water area of berths of the TIS Group (from berth 18th to 22nd), a water approach to the U-turn area and a part of the operation water areas of berths 21st and 22nd to reach the designed depth of 16 meters.
In turn, TIS will conduct dredging works near its berths: 18, 19 and 20 to 19 meters and 21 and 22 – to 16 meters. After these dredging works, TIS plans to do its best to boost cargo handling by 10-15 million tonnes in 10 years.
The Ukrainian Sea Port Authority and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC) on April 6, 2018 signed two contracts for carrying out dredging works at the Chornomorsk seaport (Odesa region): one document envisages dredging works in the approach canal and the second one – in the water area of the first boot basin of Sukhy estuary.
An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported that the signing ceremony was held with participation of Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, Ukrainian Sea Port Authority Head Raivis Veckagans, Head of the administration of the Chornomorsk branch of the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority Viacheslav Voloshyn, Head of the administration of the Yuzhny branch of the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority Maksym Shyrokov, Head of the representative office of CHEC in Ukraine Lin Tao, representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine and journalists.
“The project of dredging the water area of the Chornomorsk seaport provides for an increase in the depths of water approaches and the operational water area of the port to 16 meters and will allow more efficient functioning of one of the largest seaports in Ukraine,” Omelyan said.
He thanked Veckagans who, in his words, together with the team, created all the necessary conditions for attracting both national and foreign companies with a world-wide reputation to participate in tenders.
“Traditionally, the contract organization was chosen based on the results of the tender in the ProZorro e-procurement system, which ensures absolute transparency and openness of the process and excludes the possibility of any corruption. Thus, according to the results of the tender, we have saved more than UAH 40 million, and the winner is China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.,” Omelyan said.
As a result of the tender, which took place on March 13, the savings amounted to 10% of the expected value.
The cost of the project is UAH 404 million.
“The project should be implemented before the end of 2018. Reconstruction of the maritime approach canal and the water area of the first boot basin will further allow for the reconstruction of the berths of the Chornomorsk port and the dredging works in the operating area of the berths,” Veckagans said.
The Ukrainian Sea Port Authority plans to carry out dredging works in the water areas of Ukrainian seaports before 2019, Head of the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority Raivis Veckagans said. “This year our goal is dredging in all ports. Today we have a number of signed agreements… on April 5, 2018 we will sign a contract for dredging in Chornomorsk,” he said. Veckagans also said that he expects an increase in the export of goods in 2018 thanks to, in particular the increase in the capacity of the ports, as well as in relation with a decrease in port dues rates.
As reported, the seaports of Ukraine in 2017 handled 132.9 million tonnes of cargo, which is 0.9% higher than in 2016.