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How TIS met the first vessel of new feeder service

18 October 2019   Andriy Muravskyi

The TIS Port received the first vessel of weekly feeder service on the ‘TIS-Poti-TIS’ route. The ‘Ports of Ukraine’ met him at Pivdenny Port

How TIS met the first vessel of new feeder service

On 15 October 2019 the Lucien G.A. vessel was solemnly welcomed at the TIS port. Its entry has opened a new feeder service in Ukraine. A vessel with a capacity of 1.1 thousand TEU will sail weekly on the ‘TIS-Poti-TIS’ route. Transit containers shall depart from here to Georgia and further to the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia. These transit containers shall be transferred from MAERSK sea vessels of Ecumed ocean service as well as goods delivered to the terminal by land. The vessel shall deliver containers to Pivdenny Port not for Ukraine only, but for other European countries as well.

The opening of new feeder service means that TIS became the second port on the Black Sea after the Romanian Constanta beginning transshipment of cargoes in transhipment mode on a regular basis. Thus, the position of our country on the world logistic map is significantly strengthened. The transhipment scheme stipulates that the main vessels of large container services leave transit cargoes in intermediate deep-water ports, and later the cargo shall be picked up and transported to the ports of region by smaller vessels, so-called ‘feeders’. Therefore, cargo owners and consignees working through ports where main vessel calls are not foreseen get an access to the global network of container routes.

Before joining the TIS berth, Container terminal of the Lucien G.A. vessel worked in full mode. Container handlers completed loading another container ship called Maersk Kithira. So they put the last containers on it. The arrows of other three STS steel giants with height over 60 meters stood still. A ladder rose, one of the crew pulled up a protective net.

Meanwhile, nearby cranes were loading nickel ore. ‘The TIS container terminal is the deepest and most technologically advanced container terminal in Ukraine. Its current capabilities allow not only loading containers, but also transshipping other cargoes, including bulk ones’, said Dmytro Muratov, the TIS-KT Project Manager.

These cranes were also completing the work by arrival of the feeder vessel. A small stage for speakers from TIS, Maersk and others was already waiting on the berth. By the time the vessel came out of the fog, TIS Container Terminal becomes as quiet as possible in the port – one can still heard some working sounds from neighboring terminals.

Lucien was already going in the water area, smoothly coming out the fog. Not only mooring workers were waiting for it, but also the guests and other terminal representatives. The stage welcomed TIS co-owner Yehor Hrebennikov, the General Director of Maersk Ukraine Roman Koloianov, acting Deputy Director for Logistics and Ferry Services of ‘Odesa Railway’ (Ukrzaliznytsia affiliate) Ivan Yemets as well as the Deputy Head of Odessa Custom House Volodymyr Perederii.

 ‘The service is opening a new sea trade route which is faster, more convenient and more profitable for cargo owners in Europe and Ukraine, as well as countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia. The cargoes coming into Ukraine with this service have never entered our country before. The new cargo flow means additional tax revenues as well as creation of additional job opportunities to process them’, said Hrebennikov.

 ‘With opening this new feeder, Ukraine shall represent a transit transport hub for transshipment of transit cargoes. We hope that cargoes will go from Europe to China through this service. It will be possible to send cargoes to Kazakhstan, where a feeder from Aktau goes by the Caspian Sea twice a week. I should thank the Maersk Company, because it has made a lot of efforts in recent years to make this service work’, he added.

The tugboat welcomed the vessel of new feeder service first. He beeped and launched two powerful jets into the air. They seemed to bump into the fog from which the vessel came out. Lucien passed neatly under these jets soon enough.

‘Thanks to transhipment, cargo owners and consignees working through ports with no calls by main vessels have gained access to a global network of container routes. A large fleet cannot enter Poti and Batumi. They can only accept feeder vessels. Previously, the cargo that went to Georgia was mostly transshipped in Istanbul’, Koloianov noted.

Yemets talked about new possibilities of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route opened by the service, while Volodymyr Perederii promised that everything should be fast in relation to customs procedures.

Having finished the press briefing, speakers turned to the water area where Lucien, accompanied by two tugboats, was certainly close by. So there it turned around and the tugboats pushed it to the berth. The mooring works began soon afterwards. The ropes were dropped from the broadsides and the mooring workers took them. The ropes were tight and water was dripping from them. The drops glistened in the sun dispersing fog over the water area.

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