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.