By 2025, the state will withdraw from stevedoring activities
08 November 2019, 14:50
Transhipment activity is envisaged to be transferred to private operators. Photo: uspa.gov.ua
By 2025, the state should withdraw from stevedoring activities in sea ports transferring these functions to private business. It was announced by the acting Chairman of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (USPA) Raivis Veckagans, reports ‘Dumskaia’ newspaper.
‘In all European countries transhipment is carried out by private business. We are now moving towards the port-landlord model. The state will withdraw from stevedoring activity and transfer it to private operators,’ Veckagans informed at the press conference in Odesa on Wednesday.
According to him, the Ministry of Infrastructure intends to continue implementation of concession projects in sea ports. By 2025, it is planned to transfer assets of the state stevedoring companies in the ports of Pivdenny, Berdiansk, Mariupil, Izmail and Reni into concession. The ports of Skadovsk, Ust-Dunaisk (Vylkovo) and Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi will be subject to privatization.
Head of the Strategic Development Department of the SE ‘USPA’ Volodymyr Shemaiev recalled that the Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii at the recent conference in Mariupil in the presence of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted further plans for concession of the state port assets. ‘Following concession of the ports of Kherson and Olvia, we will prepare concession projects in Odesa. It primarily concerns the passenger facility, possibly even with inclusion of the hotel complex,’ Shemaiev explained.
SE ‘Stevedoring Company (SC) Olvia’ and SE ‘Kherson Sea Trade Port (KSTP)’ are the sites for implementation of the pilot concession projects in the port industry. Acceptance of bids for participation in tender for concession of SE ‘KSTP’ began on 8 October 2019, for the concession of the SE ‘SC ‘Olvia’’ – on 18 October . On 12 September the Ministry of Infrastructure announced tenders for concession of the assets of SE ‘SC ‘Olvia’’, SE ‘KSTP’ and the corresponding assets of SE ‘ASPU’.
More than 40 companies from 12 countries expressed their interest in concession of the state stevedores ‘Olvia’’ and ‘KSTP’.