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The Ukrainian Ports Forum 2019 has started its work

30 May 2019, 10:48

Today, on May 30, 2019, in Odessa, the Ukrainian Ports Forum 2019 has started its work. The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority organizes the event.

On behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Yuriy Lavrenyuk, the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure took part in the opening of the forum on .

The forum was also attended by: Stefan Schleuning, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Ukraine; Jean-Eric de Zagon, Head of EIB Representation for Ukraine; Baher El-Hifnawi, Head of Infrastructure and Sustainable Development, World Bank; Jason Brett Pellmar, IFC Regional Manager for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova; Raivis Veckagans, head of the USPA; representatives of maritime business, business associations and delegations from more than 30 countries of the world.

On behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Yuriy Lavrenyuk congratulated the participants of the forum and noted that the port industry is developing and showing a positive trend over the past few years: “At the end of 2018, the seaports of Ukraine handled on more than 2.6 million tons of cargo than in 2017 year, which is more than 135 million tons. Handling in ports has been growing for the second year. In 2018, in total, the growth of freight traffic was 12%, for container cargoes - 19%, and 2.4 times more cargo was transported along the river. ”

Yuriy Lavrenyuk also said that according to the results of 2018, the leaders in cargo handling were Pivdennyi seaport (42.7 million tons), Mykolaiv seaport (29.2 million tons), Odesa seaport (21.7 million tons), Chornomorsk (21.5 million tons tons) and Mariupol (5.9 million tons).

The Deputy Minister stressed that in recent years a lot has been done in the maritime and river industry of Ukraine: “Ukraine has successfully passed the audit of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Maritime Administration was finally established and the preparation for conducting of pilot concessions projects in the ports of Olvia and Kherson has been completed. The amount of expected investments in the port infrastructure is almost $ 60 million”.

He also focused on the importance of dredging and maintaining existing depths in Ukrainian ports. “Over the past 3 years, the volume of dredging in ports amounted to 16 million square meters of soil. For the first time in the last 7 years a large-scale dredging has been carried out in the port of Kherson, in the last 11 years in the port of Izmail, and in the last 20 years in the port of Mykolaiv. For the first time in 20 years, the access channel of Chornomorsk port was reconstructed. The next stage of dredging in Pivdennyi seaport is being completed. It will become one of the deepest ports in the Black Sea region. All this and much more leads to the development of the maritime industry and the economy of Ukraine as a whole”, - Yury Lavrenyuk summed up.

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