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The work of Odesa port was recognized with a prestigious award by MedCruise Association

In early August, the Second Mare Nostrum MedCruise Awards ceremony took place, an international award for shipping lines, ports, travel agents and tour operators that have made a significant contribution to the development of the cruise industry in the Mediterranean countries. According to the results of the anonymous voting of the expert jury, the award in the nomination ‘Port of the Black Sea region, which demonstrates active and purposeful activity during the pandemic’ was given to Odesa port.

 

‘Despite the difficult epidemiological situation, the port authority with our partners from the MedCruise Association does not suspend activities aimed at reviving cruise shipping in the region,’ Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of the Odesa branch of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, comments. - We are in constant contact with cruise lines, we take an active part in conferences organized by the Association with the involvement of European health experts, our specialists are actively working in the MedCruise Covid Committee expert group. This group, created under the Executive Directorate of MedCruise, is engaged in strategic planning for the restoration of cruise traffic, develops protocols for the reception and maintenance of cruise ships in the ports of the Mediterranean and Black Seas in the post-COVID period ...

 

The First Mare Nostrum MedCruise Awards ceremony took place last year in Genoa, Italy, and Odesa port was also awarded the title of laureate in the Best Port of the Black Sea Region nomination.

 

As already reported, for the 2020 season, Odesa sea port Authority had 11 applications for calls from cruise ships. However, all of them were canceled due to the quarantine measures in most European countries related to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. As of mid-August, the port has 20 applications for calls of white ships next season.

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Odesa Sea Port Authority takes part in the work of the MedCruise Committee of Experts, which is developing a strategy for the revival of cruise traffic

Today, July 15, the first meeting of the Post COVID-19 Committee of Experts, a new expert committee established under the executive directorate of the MedCruise, the International Association of Cruise Business entities, took place online. The Committee acts as a communicator between cruise companies and passenger ports in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, monitors and analyzes the epidemiological situation in the specific coastal cities, and performs other functions aimed at resuming cruise traffic stopped by the pandemic crisis. The Post COVID-19 Committee of Experts also includes a representative of Odesa Sea Port Authority.

 

‘The global pandemic crisis has equally blocked the operations of absolutely all cruise companies, regardless of the region of navigation and fleet class’ Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority, stated. ‘In particular, all companies whose cruise ships were supposed to visit the port of Odesa this season, were forced to suspend the organization of sea voyages until mid-September with a possible further extension of lockdown. The cruises were suspended by Azamara Cruises (part of the Royal Caribbean Cruises holding), Phoenix Reisen, the world-famous German concern, Fred Olsen Cruise Line, the Norwegian shipping company, and so on …’

 

According to R. Sakhautdinov, the Committee of Experts of the MedCruise Association sees the priority steps to restore the global cruise industry in this difficult epidemiological situation in the implementation of so-called ‘health protocols on board’ on passenger ships. They provide for a number of mandatory security measures: contactless embarkation and check-in of tourists, disinfection of luggage, improvement of ventilation system onboard, compliance with certain restrictions both on board the ship and during excursions in the ports of call, etc.

 

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Schedule of gradual recovery from the coronavirus crisis and resumption of cruise voyages between the ports of the Mediterranean and the Black Seas by the world's leading shipping lines (from the official website of the MedCruise Association - www.medcruise.com).

 

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A record rush in the transshipment of metal products exceeded losses from the grain decrease, the results of cargo handling in Odesa port for 5 months of 2020

According to the updated information of the Economics Service of the Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (OB SE ‘USPA’), this year, in January-May, the stevedore companies of the port provided transshipment in total 10449.8 thousand tons, which is 324.5 thousand tons or 3.2% more than the same indicator in 2019. The dynamics of bulk cargo transshipment for the main items of the nomenclature in the reporting period is generally positive, excluding grain, and looks in the following way:

- grain in bulk: 3 590.1 thousand tons (- 457.3 thousand tons compared to the same period in 2019);

- metal products: 2 511.5 thousand tons (+ 608.6 thousand tons);

- containers in tons: 3 312.2 thousand tons (+ 96.2 thousand tons);

- containers in TEU: 271.869 TEU (+ 21,924 TEU)

- bulk cargo: 780.8 thousand tons (+ 158.6 thousand tons).

 

Concluding the results of the cargo transshipment for 5 months of this year, specialists of the OB SE ‘USPA’ emphasize several trends that appeared in the spring months.

 

So, the most dramatic and positive event for the port was a rush in volumes of receipt and dispatch of metal products. In particular, as reported, in May, a record of recent years in terms of monthly transshipment of metal exports was set - 616.8 thousand tons. Experts account this for the next redistribution of the specified cargo flow between Ukrainian ports.

 

At the same time, the stable situation with containers, the increase in oil transshipment and the decrease in grain are due to external factors.

 

The port explains states that the lockdown of many industries in China caused by coronavirus quarantine did not affect the volume of container flows from this region too much, imported goods ordered before the pandemic continued to arrive in Ukraine. Besides, the same pandemic caused a slight increase in demand for Ukrainian raw materials for the food industry, which made it possible to keep export cargo flows’ indicators in containers.

 

The port's production performance was also affected by the rapid drop in global oil prices. Anticipating a possible ‘price rebound’ in the future, domestic oil refiners are trying to make the largest possible stock of raw materials at a favorable price. This explains the increase in the number of tankers calling, incl. those from the USA.

 

Specialists of the OB SE ‘USPA’ note that the flip side of the coin of the global economic crisis and the resulting drop in oil prices was the decline in global production of ethanol from corn. This factor has already led to a reduction in Ukrainian grain exports, which affected the performance of grain transshipment in the port. The trend of balancing corn prices to parity with oil prices will put pressure on the dynamics of grain transshipment in the port in the future. And, since grain accounts for 35-40% of the total port transshipment, this factor can swing the overall cargo turnover indicator in the 3-4 quarter both to the zone with the plus sign and to the zone with the minus sign.

 

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Odesa port: the first batch of ‘light Texas’ oil came to Ukraine

May 20, 2020, late at night, the berth 2n received UMLMA tanker (L = 244 m, flag of Qatar), which delivered 76 430 tons of oil produced on the American continent to Ukraine. The port of dispatch is NEDERLAND TEXAS. The transnational oil and gas company BP acted as a seller and charterer of the vessel. The raw materials were purchased for the needs of the Kremenchuk oil refinery plant.

 

This year, Odesa port has already accepted one batch of American oil, 80.5 thousand tons, which was delivered on March 25 by the tanker Minerva Kitnos (L = 249 m, the flag of Greece). Besides, in 2019, three batches of oil production from the United States were sent through the Odesa Oil Harbor, with a total of ​​231.5 thousand tons.

 

According to experts, in contrast to the previous tankers with Bakken oil, the batch of the so-called ‘light Texas’ oil, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), was transported to Ukraine by the m/v UMLMA for the first time. The raw materials of this brand are mainly used for the production of gasoline. WTI and its grades have traditionally been in high demand in the US and China.

 

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Dear porters, dear veterans!

Let us congratulate sincerely all of you on the outstanding anniversary, the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory over Nazism in the Second World War!

 

The events of 1941-45 are inscribed in golden letters in the biography of the staff of Odesa port. We will never forget 1,200 shippers, engineers, sailors of the port fleet, and representatives of other port professions going to the front at the call of military enlistment offices in the first days of the war. The memory of 73 days of the heroic defense of Odesa will not fade, when the port under continuous bombardment and artillery shelling of the enemy provided supplies to the Primorskaya Army and sent hundreds of thousands of people and tens of thousands of tons of valuable factory equipment in the opposite direction. Far beyond our country, people remember how Odesa port workers organized the transshipment of land lease cargo in the ports of the Caspian Sea, the Far North and the Far East during the occupation of our hometown.

 

 These May days we remember again the names of our relatives and friends who bravely fought the enemy at the front and brought the Victory closer with their dedication in the rear, raising the country's economy from the ruins in the postwar years. Eternal memory to those who are not with us, and deep respect for the living!

 

Today we bow our heads to the ground before the veterans of the Odesa port, participants in the fighting in 1941-45: Lydia Gassiy, a front nurse, Mykola Debel, a guards mortar gunner, Oleksiy Kolesnikov and Alla Pastushenko, Black Sea sailors, Oleksandr Luchenkov, a marine, Petr Revnyuk and Vasily Tsymbal, infantrymen. You are a living history of a national feat, an example of courage, unbroken spirit, and love for the Motherland!

 

The Great Victory unites us and makes Ukraine stronger. Wishing our children a happy fate, we must preserve peace and regard it as the highest value.

 

We wish you good health, well-being, kindness, and joyful spring mood!

 

Happy Victory Day!

R. Sakhautdinov, General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority,

O. Myaskovsky, Acting Head of the SE ‘Odesa Port’,

M. Pavlyuk, Honorary President of Odesa port,

V. Zaikov, Head of the Odesa Port Maritime Transport Workers Trade Union

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Odesa port celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory by laying flowers to the ‘eternal flame’

May 8, on the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, workers of the Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ laid flowers to the ‘eternal flame’ at the monument to the port workers who had died during the Second World War.

 

As the country is quarantined, the traditional Victory Day rally on Customs Square was canceled. However, employees of departments and services had the opportunity to individually honor the feat of the winners with a minute of silence at the foot of the memorial. In order not to create a crowd of people, the representatives of each structural unit came to the monument at a predetermined time.

 

The 75th anniversary of the Great Victory was also celebrated by Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of the Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’, Nikolai Pavlyuk, Honorary President of Odesa Port and Hero of Ukraine, and Vladimir Zaikov, the Chairman of the Odesa Port Trade Union.

 

‘It seemed that we knew everything about the horrors of that war. But recently, declassified data was published. According to them, the losses of the Soviet Union during the Second World War are not 27 million, but 41 million people ... Yesterday we honored our esteemed veterans who had gone through that war and had accomplished a feat in peacetime, attained the 75th anniversary of the Victory. Despite their age and state of health, their appearance and optimistic mood demonstrate the resilience and will to life inherent in the military generation. Communication with front-line veterans mobilizes and calls for responsibility for our future, the future of our children and our country. Today, the memory of the price paid by the peoples of the planet for the Victory over Nazism should become a moral law, encourage us to protect the world and every human life…’ R. Sakhautdinov specifically stated.

 

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Cruise business discusses ways out of the crisis provoked by the pandemic: Odesa port participated in the VI Black Sea Working Group Meeting

Quarantine, introduced in most European countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, raised an issue of the 2020 cruise season in the Black Sea passenger ports. The port authorities of Istanbul, Trabzon, Constanta and Varna are already receiving letters from tour operators about the cancellation of cruise ship calls scheduled for May-June. A similar situation is seen in Odesa, where 3 of 11 declared cruise vessels with a foreign flag were canceled for ship calls, as well as all 27 calls of river-sea vessels. But, despite the closed borders and international traffic, the tourism community continues the activity.

 

These and other facts were announced at the 6th Black Sea Working Group meeting on cruise tourism development (MedCruise Black Sea Working Group Meeting) held on May 5 as an online conference. The moderators of the conference were Airam Diaz Pastor, President of MEDCRUISE, the Association of Cruise Companies of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea Region, and Theodor Patrichi, Director of MEDCRUISE for the Black Sea Region.

 

The Odesa branch of Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority was represented at the conference by Denis Karpov, deputy general manager of Odesa branch of the ‘USPA’ for operational services, and Julia Strikh, deputy head of the external relations department.

 

During the meeting of the Working Group, the world cruise industry was noted, in particular, to be among the sectors most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Today, almost all cruise companies have suspended their work for several months. The market price of cruises daily loses value, and large shipping companies bear huge losses. The Black Sea region, where a breakthrough in the cruise shipping development was expected this year after five years of forced pause, feels the impact of the pandemic especially sharply.

 

Due to these circumstances, the participants of the meeting agreed to postpone the 56th General Assembly of MedCruise, which was supposed to be held at the end of May in Costa Brava (Spain). At the same time, it is still planned to hold all the main events of the General Assembly: plenary meetings, sessions of directions, negotiations with representatives of cruise lines, etc. in Skype conference format.

 

Besides, the agenda of the meeting was the priority of the Seatrade Cruise Med 2020 exhibition, subject to be held in mid-September in Malaga (Spain). Given the cancellation of the main world cruise industry forum this year, the global Seatrade Cruise Global 2020 (planned for April), the leading cruise market players were optimistic about an exhibition in Spain. However, the difficult epidemic in most countries of the continent, the closure of borders and the suspension of air traffic reduce the possibility to conduct this event every day too.

 

According to the President of MedCruise, the situation is changing almost daily and it is safe to assume that Spanish international borders will be closed until the end of summer.

 

Mr. Airam Diaz Pastor noted that the situation is influenced by the fact that the participation in the Seatrade Cruise Med 2020 of representatives of the leading world companies of cruise business, which have to come from the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany, was questioned. The listed countries have not yet announced the lifting of quarantine restrictions. Therefore, the Secretariat of the MedCruise Association has set itself the challenge of holding the necessary consultations with all interested parties by the end of May and deciding on the feasibility of conducting the Seatrade Cruise Med 2020 exhibition.

 

As a separate issue on the agenda, the participants of the VI Black Sea Working Group meeting discussed the Black Sea region situation and agreed that the Medcruise Executive Directorate, the Black Sea Working Group entities, along with representatives of other ports participating in the association will join forces to restore cruise shipping as soon as possible after quarantine cancellation.

 

‘An expert committee created by the Medcruise Association will implement this decision’, D.Karpov said. ‘The committee will act as a communicator between cruise companies and the passenger ports of the region. The experts will observe the quarantine situation in specific coastal cities, analyze the effectiveness of security measures undertaken by the authorities regarding the requirements of the cruise business. At first, the working conditions of service enterprises, cultural institutions, and tour services will come into their view. Thus, each member of the Black Sea Working Group will contribute to obtaining objective information on the cruise ports situation during the pandemic and at all stages of quarantine exit’

 

As D. Karpov further noted, the VI Black Sea Working Group meeting was held in an atmosphere of cautious optimism, facilitated by the fact that tour operators held back on announcing the cancellation of cruise programs approved for the near future. Thus, for example, today, Odesa port has 19 applications for calls of cruise ships for the next year and 10 applications for the season 2022.

 

The next meeting of the Black Sea Working Group is preliminarily scheduled for mid-end June this year.

 

Reference. Odesa Sea Port Authority initiated an international conference on the revival of the Black Sea cruise shipping in Odesa in October 2018. To solve the tasks enshrined in the resolution of the conference, a permanent working group, the Black Sea Working Group, was created, which included representatives of the passenger ports of Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and the MedCruise Association. In 2019, Turkish ports joined this advisory body.

 

 

 

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ISABELLA MANX and EKATERINA: two bulk carriers are loaded at Odesa port simultaneously (photo report)

Today, on April 29, the Brooklyn-Kiev LLC dockers are processing two grain bulk carriers at the berths No.46-47 of the Sugar Pier, Khlebnaia Harbor. At the berth No. 46, holds of the m/v EKATERINA (L = 165.5 m, Malta flag) are accepting maize. A consignment of 25650 tonnes was loaded onto the ship. Handling of the m/v ISABELLA MANX (L = 199.9 m, the United Kingdom flag) on the next berth No.47 looks more sophisticated in technological terms.

 

According to Vitaliy Kugut, the senior stevedore, several consignments were loaded onto the vessel: wheat with protein 12.5% into the holds No.1,2,4, wheat with protein 11.5% into the hold No.5, maize into the hold No.3. The total weight of the vessel`s consignment is 53.990 tonnes.

 

The senior stevedore points out that the m/v ISABELLA MANX is still a completely fresh vessel built in 2019; and this is one of its first voyages. As the bulk carrier runs under the ‘expensive’ flag, seafarers sign contracts with all the requirements of the ITF; and the shipowner's management pays a decent wage and allocates money for the timely maintenance of the vessel`s machinery.

 

The new ISABELLA MANX attracts attention with the original design. The ship was built following the requirements for operation in the northern latitudes, as evidenced by the contours of the bow, carried far overboard anchor fairlead and the semi-closed tank semi-closed to prevent the flood deck caused by storm waves and icing deck mechanisms.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear port colleagues, business partners and friends!

I sincerely congratulate you all on Easter!

 

This year, we have to meet the Resurrection of Christ, not as we used to, by refusing from the traditional rite of celebration. However, the restrictions we go to are because of caring for our loved ones, the desire to secure their lives. And these noble intentions are fully in keeping with the spirit of Holy Easter, which symbolizes the beginning of a new life for the whole Christian world. So, let the part of this faith that is in your hearts support you in a difficult moment and will provide the inspiration to overcome the trials.

On the eve of one of the biggest church holidays, I wish everyone good health, peace, abundance and fulfillment of all cherished desires! Let it bring to your homes every day only good news and excitement for joy.

 

Keep yourselves! Christ is Risen!

Sincerely, 

General Manager                                                                                           Ruslan Sakhautdinov

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USPA will carry out operational dredging on the Approach channel of Odesa port internally

Yesterday, April 15, 2020, in the afternoon, the dredging convoy ‘Rion’, owned by the Delta-Pilot branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (the SE ‘USPA’), redeployed to the port of Odesa. The convoy consists of three watercraft: the multi-bucket dredging convoy ‘Rion’, the dump diesel scow ‘Krymskaya-9’, and the tug-anchor handler “MZ-318”. These watercrafts will be used to perform operational dredging in several sections of the water area. It was reported by the Hydraulic structures and major construction department (HSMCD) of the Odesa branch of SE ‘USPA’.

 

‘Dredging convoy will carry out work on the 2nd bend of the port approach channel, on the communication section of the 1st and 2nd bends, and in the water area of ​​Oil harbor’, Alexander Vargin, HSMCD engineer, says. ‘To restore the passport depths (14.0 meters from ‘0’ of Odesa sea port) at these facilities, the dredger must raise more than 43 thousand cu. m of soil from the bottom. The work is scheduled to be completed by May 31 this year. During the dredging, the Vessel Traffic Regulation Service ‘Odessa’ will monitor the safety of navigation at the Approach Canal and in the Oil harbor, and the work will also be managed by the Harbor master service and the Main port dispatching office, in accordance with the current ‘Compulsory regulations for Odesa sea port’.

 

Last week, the informative resource of the SE ‘USPA’ www.uspa.gov.ua reported that the total volume of operational dredging of sea ports and channels carried out by the in-house fleet of Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and contracting organizations commissioned by the SE ‘USPA’ in the 1st quarter of this year exceeded 2 million cu. m of soil. The work was carried out at the Deep water midchannel ‘Danube-Black Sea’ State Port Authority, the Bug-Dnieper-Estuary and Kherson Sea channels, as well as at the approach channels of Mariupol, Berdyansk and Belgorod-Dniester ports.

 

‘The operational dredging is accompanied by measures of continuous comprehensive environmental monitoring of the impact on the environment and payments to the appropriate budgets for compensation of water and fish resources’, USPA noted in the statement.

 

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Port of Odesa lit ‘eternal flame’ in honor of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the city from Nazi invaders

Due to the quarantine declared in Ukraine, the traditional rally in honor of the next anniversary of the city liberation from German-Romanian occupation on April 10, 1944, was canceled for the first time in many decades in Odesa port. At the same time, the enterprise celebrated the memory of the feat of liberators at, as before, by the lighting of the ‘eternal flame’ and the laying of flowers at the foot of the sculptural composition ‘To the lost port workers’. The event was attended by Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of the Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’, and Vladimir Zaikov, the chairman of the Trade Union of Odesa port.

 

‘On March 26, 1944, the Odesa operation began. On the 27th, the troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front crossed the Yuzhniy Bug River, and have already attacked the enemy on the outskirts of Odesa on the night of April 10. With the help of the partisans, at 10 am the city was liberated from the Nazis ... Why should we remember this day? In order not to forget the 907 days of occupation, when 82 thousand people died and 78 thousand inhabitants of Odesa were sent to forced labor in Germany’, R. Sakhautdinov said in his speech at the flower laying ceremony.

 

According to archival sources, during the hostilities in 1941-44. 33 of 38 OSCP berths were bombed and blown up, the enterprise’s infrastructure was damaged by 218 million then rubles. Allied experts who had examined the port for the possibility of its restoration to accept the fleet, concluded that it would take at least five years. But, the inhabitants of the coastal city did the impossible: they raised the enterprise from ruins in 5 months.

 

The main burden of the workload during this period fell on the shoulders of women, who constituted the majority in the first recruitment after the occupation (2200 people as of May 1944). The teams of loaders, builders, and general laborers were formed from the women.

 

On October 7, 1944, Odesa port accepted for unloading a caravan composed of three merchant ships: Kalinin, Dimitrov, Anatoliy Serov. Since February 1945, the port has already accepted caravans of American ships with Lend-Lease cargo.

 

In the summer of 1970, on the Odesa Customs Square, opposite the OSCP management building, a monument to port workers who died during World War II was inaugurated. At the turn of the 2000s, the sculptural composition was supplemented with a bronze wreath with ‘eternal flame’, which is lit twice a year: on April 10 and May 9.

 

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