State to Abandon Stevedoring by 2025

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The state is going to drop out of the stevedoring activities shifting it to the private business by the year of 2025, as stated Acting Head of Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) Raivis Veckagans.

“In all the European countries the cargo handling is dealt with by the private business. We are gradually approaching now the Landlord Port pattern. The state is going to withdraw from stevedoring activities and pass them to private operators”, announced Mr Veckagans at the conference in Odessa on Wednesday 06 November.

According to him, Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine (MIU) intends to carry on realising concession projects in the sea ports. It is planned to transfer to concession by 2025 the public stevedores in ports Pivdenny (Yuzhny), Berdiansk, Mariupol, Izmail, and Reni. The ports of Skadovsk, Ust-Dunaisk (Vilkovo), and Bilhorod-Dnistrovsk will be privatised.

Head of USPA Strategic Planning Department Volodymyr Shemaev reminded that at the recent press conference in Mariupol attended by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii had presented subsequent plans on the state’s port assets. “After the transfer of Kherson and Olvia ports to concession we will arrange concession ventures in Odessa. Primarily this concerns the passenger terminal, probably even including the hotel complex”, specified Mr Shemaev.

The state enterprise (SE) Kherson Sea Trade Port (KSTP) and SE Stevedoring Company (SC) Olvia are the concession pilot projects’ implementation sites. The call for bids in respect of the SE KSTP concession tender was launched on 08 October 2019, and for SE SC Olvia– on 08 October. MIU had announced the bidding on SE SC Olvia and the same on SE Kherson STP as well as the corresponding assets of SE USPA on 12 September.

Over 40 companies from 12 countries expressed their interest towards the concession of public stevedores Olvia and Kherson.