Grain transshipment capacities in ports reached about 85 million tons
21 November 2019, 15:54
Neptune grain terminal in Pivdenny sea port. Photo: Neptune, Facebook.
Grain transshipment capacities in the sea ports of Ukraine increased by 9% year on year — up to approximately 85 million tons. It was stated by the acting Chairman of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Port Authority’ (the USPA), Raivis Veckagans, at the International Conference ‘Grain Terminals: New Projects, Equipment and Technologies’ which took place in Odesa on November 20-21, the USPA press service reported
Pursuant to the data provided by the USPA, within less than eleven months the transshipment of grain cargo in the sea ports exceeded figure of the whole 2018 by 6.1 million tons and amounted to 46 million tons.
According to Veckagans, the USPA is actively cooperating with business in order to increase capacity for transshipment of agricultural cargo in ports. This fall, an agreement was reached between the USPA and business entity on the implementation of two investment projects in this sector at the same time.
‘In September, the USPA signed an agreement with Kernel, the world's largest producer and exporter of sunflower oil, stipulating investment in development of the infrastructure of Chernomorsk port in the amount of more than UAH 3 billion. At the end of October, within the framework of the first Re: Think Investment Forum with participation of the President of Ukraine, a memorandum of understanding was signed among the USPA, one of the largest Chinese Corporations COFCO and Mariupil State Stevedoring Company. Its implementation will increase transshipment of the agricultural cargo in Mariupil port by 3.5 times’, noted Veckagans during the International Conference ‘Grain Terminals: New Projects, Equipment and Technologies’ held in Odesa on November 20-21.
In Chornomorsk port, the USPA is planning to carry out dredging works in the water area and along the berths where Kernel’s agricultural goods will be shipped. In Mariupil port, in addition to dredging, reconstruction of berths No. 2 and No. 3 will be executed as well. It is essential that both projects provide a guaranteed increase of freight traffic flow enabling to speed investment recovery of the state-owned enterprise.
It should be noted that by the end of this year the reconstruction of berth No. 4 in Mariupil is to be completed, on the home front of which the state stevedoring company is completing construction of the new grain terminal.
Moreover, in October 2019 the USPA managed to restore passport depths in Mykolaiv port that is a leader in agricultural cargo handling. This project has became the third in terms of volume this year — almost 900 thousand cubic meters. Two more major projects are under execution in the Ukrainian ports of Mariupil and Berdiansk.