State enterprise (SE) Stevedoring Company Olvia was visited on Thursday by representatives of China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC) interested in the public stevedore’s concession project.
“Today in the framework of the concession pilot project CHEC employees called on SE SC Olvia. The main CHEC’s business range is construction of various objects in the sea port areas as terminals, quays, bridges, dry docks, as well as dredging that is an important component of the company’s activities. The purpose of CHEC visiting Olvia is evaluation of the enterprise current conditions to enable forming the company’s view of the port Olvia concession venture’s advantages”, says the port’s Press Office in its release.
Commenting for the site Ports of Ukraine, SE SC Olvia Acting Director Ruslan Oliinyk informed that there had been representatives of some other Chinese port operators, yet he didn’t specify the names.
In the course of meeting Chinese businessmen discussed with the port’s manager Olvia’s current working issues, its development prospects and possibilities of expanding its capacities. CHEC reps also had a possibility of inspecting the port’s territory and berths, as well as familiarise with production capacities of the public stevedore.
The same day the employees of CHEC visited SE Kherson sea trade port (KSTP) being also an object of the same concession pilot project. This was reported by KSTP Press Office.
According to the release, the delegation was headed by CHEC Director General Mr Lin Tao. In the course of visit the public stevedore’s management got the potential investors acquainted with the company’s facilities. “Experience of Chinese companies in realisation of large infrastructure ventures around the world would be very useful for the development of Ukrainian ports. Investors in their turn will be able to more efficiently handle the existing cargo flows and attract new shippers”, noted the Press Office.
Both SEs SC Olvia and KSTP are sites for implementing concession pilot projects in the port sector. The concession tenders announcement is expected by the end of the year. The projects’ Feasibility Study was developed by the international consultants consortium formed by EBRD and IFC. The pilot projects were approved by Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine on 23 June 2016.
As on September 2018, over 25 Ukrainian and foreign companies expressed their concern towards the public stevedores Olvia and Kherson concession. Among them are Dnipro Cargo, Metinvest, Portinvest, Ukrrichflot, Bunge (USA), COFCO Agri Ukraine (China), Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan), POSCO Daewoo (Korea), et alii.
In September 2018 representatives of Nectar Group (UK) and QTerminals (Qatar) inspected the territory and production capacities of Olvia. The latter’s concession interests one of the largest Ukraine’s grain market operators LLC Nibulon.
SE SC Olvia is the only operator of the Specialised Sea Port Olvia. In 2017 it raised the throughput by 13.4% in comparison with 2016 up to the record 2.51M t.
SE KSTP operates Berths 1 (Backwater 1, left side), 2, 3, 4, 5 of Kherson Sea Port.