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"Ukrferry" notes an increase in cargo turnover

Cargo turnover of the navigable company "Ukrferry" has exceeded indexes of 2009 by 10-12 % for the first months 2010, informs director of the company for marketing and development R.Morgenstern. The representative of "Ukrferry" has expressed confidence that goods traffics in 2010 will be increasing in all directions. Thus in a greater degree, according to R.Morgenstern, it is need to develop the lines, connecting Ukraine with Georgia, the line Kerch-Poti/Batumi which has been launched last year, considerably increasing, and also the Turkish direction - Ilyichevsk - Derindge. Also according to the director for development, the possibility of launching of other lines it considers, in particular - an output to the Mediterranean Sea. But there should be "steady market conditions" for this purpose. The navigable company while will carry out passenger transportations by ferry - from Ilyichevsk to Poti/Batumi by passenger-and-freight ferry "Greifswald". "Caledonia" will operate on the Istanbul direction. "Yuzhnaya Palmira" it is not going to be used on the Istanbul voyages this year. As has explained R.Morgenstern, the volume of passenger traffic on the given direction is not enough big to put such a large vessel. In order to provide profitability of a passenger-and-freight vessel its loading should be 60-70 %. Mid-annual loading of "Yuzhnaya Palmira" makes an order of 30 %. Therefore the given vessel will operate in other regions. most-odessa


State Comittee of veterinary medicine had forbidden import of meat and raw materials from the territory of the Russian Federation

The state committee of veterinary medicine of Ukraine from March, 30th 2010 has forbidden import of pigs, products and raw materials from them from territory of the Russian Federation, informs the committee press-service. The interdiction is a consequence of the information given by the International epizootic bureau about registered classical swine fever in the administrative territory of Volgograd, Saratov and Voronezh regions in the Russian Federation. RBC-Ukraine


There is a new container line in the Ukrainian market

In the middle of the month in Ilichevsk sea port the first vessel with cargoes of the new in the Ukrainian market container line ANL, which successfully joined in 2009 the European market and the countries of the Near East as competitive service from the Southern-Eat-Asia. ANL will be in Ukraine "under the wing" of the line CMA-CGM using its vessels. However, rates on freight promise to be much more attractive at the corresponding quality, which is the prerogative of CMA-CGM. On each vessel of CMA-CGM, coming to the Black sea, it is planned to load up to 300 TEU in the area of ANL. A circular route of service in the area of ANL is the next: Dalian—Tianjin—Pusan—Shanghai—Ningbo—Taipei—Chiwan—Yantian—Port Klang) – Port-Said-Damietta-Izmit-Konstantsa-Ilichevsk-Odesa-Damietta-Port-Said-Port-Klang-Daljan. 11 ships are involved in the weekly service MED 3. Time of circular voyage— 77 days.


Ukraine expects the answer from Romania to the offer on joint ecological monitoring of the Danube delta

Deputy minister of surrounding environment of Ukraine Dmitry Gursky informed about it from Bruxelles. "The Romanian site has apprehended a research-and-production program which was offered by the Ukrainian site, it has worked, made the remarks then the meeting of experts took place, and now we expect a final position of the Romanian site to dot one's "i's" and to begin such monitoring", - he has told. "It would be final and good, if in this commission on joint monitoring there were independent European experts", - the deputy minister has added. D.Gursky has reminded that Ukraine sounded such offer even in the autumn 2009 during the session of the Committee of high level between ministers of ecology of two countries within the limits of the presidential Ukrainian-Romanian commission. According to D.Gursky, in January of this year the Ukrainian party has directed the Committee a report on implementation to Convention ESPOO (Conventions of the United Nations on an estimation of influence on environment in a transboundary context) about performance of all necessary measures. «It is all, we have executed all procedures regulated by Convention ESPOO», - D.Gursky has told. In April, 2008 The Implementation committee of Convention ESPOO suggested to recognize infringement by Ukraine of positions of articles 2, 3 and 4 of Convention at channel building «Danube – the Black sea» in the mouth Bistroye. In particular, the committee has come to conclusion that Ukraine has not given enough information to the Romanian site, concerning the project on mouth deepening and has not given possibility of the Romanian public to take part in an estimation of consequences of this project for an environment. Romania accused Ukraine of infringement of international law norms at channel building "Danube – the Black sea" since 2004 when Ukraine began renewal of activity of the channel in the mouth Bistroye. Romania tried to prove ecological danger of works which were carried out by Ukraine on deepening of the navigable course, involving the Eurocommission in it. Information. On May, 12th, 2004 the Cabinet made a decision on building of the 3,5-kilometre deep-water channel "Danube – the Black sea" in the Ukrainian part of the Danube mouth Bistroye. On August, 26th, 2004 in the Odesa region a solemn opening of a first stage of this channel took place. Trans Port


Ukraine has increased gas transit by 73,2 % - to 19,2 billion cubic m. for 2 months 2010.

Ukraine has increased gas transit from Russia by 73,2 % - to 19,2 billion cubic m. for 2 months 2010 in comparison with the similar period of 2009. The government has informed about it. The increase is connected with an essential falling of transit in the beginning of 2009 because of the Ukrainian-Russian gas crisis. In February, 2010 volumes of gas transit increased in comparison with February, 2009 by 41,4 % - to 9,052 billion cubic m. It was transfered 18,394 billion cubic m. to the EU countries in January-February, including in the direction of Slovakia - 12,762 billion cubic m, Hungary - 1,866 billion cubic m, Poland - 738 million cubic m, the Balkans - 3,028 billion cubic m. 827 million cubic m of gas was transfered to Moldova in January-February, 2010 by transit. In 2009 gas transit through Ukraine made 95,2 billion cubic m that is 24,4 billion cubic m (20,4 %) less, than in 2008. RBC-Ukraine


The Ukrainian grain association declares necessity of compensation of the VAT to grain exporters

The Ukrainian grain association declares necessity of compensation of the VAT in summ 5 billion UAH to grain exporters in March-May. The president of UGA Vladimir Klimenko has informed on it at a press conference. «Considering the necessity of export support of the Ukrainian grain, a non-admission of decrease in procurement prices for producers of grain by 20 % and necessity of financing of spring-field works, to find money means in the sum about 5 billion UAH.», - the president of UGA has told. Klimenko also has noticed that debts repayment under the VAT before exporters of grain is necessary for carrying out in March-May, 2010 on purpose to provide rhythmic compensation on current operations. He also has noticed that debts repayment should be carried out in all companies-exporters of the proportionally existing debts. As it was informed earlier, the Cabinet has charged to the State tax administration, to the Ministry of Finance and the agrarian policy Ministry to compensate to exporters of grain the value-added tax in the sum 1,5 billion UAH due to Agrarian fund in March - May. Earlier the Ministry has prolonged the mechanism of compensation of the VAT operating in 2009 to exporters of agricultural production through Agrarian fund for 2010. The agrarian fund on account of budgetary compensation of the VAT can realise to exporters grain and flour from the state intervention fund, and also ammoniac saltpeter.


[23.03.10] Chernomorsky dockyard has constructed a container ship for the Dutch company «Damen Shipyards Bergum»

The state joint-stock holding company «Chernomorsky dockyard» has finished building of a container ship for the Dutch company «Damen Shipyards Bergum». Chernomorsky dockyard has made case designs mounting, all-ship systems, painting, isolation and a covering of premises. The vessel is intended for transportation of dry cargoes and containers. The container ship designed speed - 12,3 knots, maximum loading – 193 containers of TEU type. Length of the vessel makes 88,6 m, width – 12,5 m., board height – 7 m., deadweight - 3,800 tons, draught - 5,4 m. «We are glad that, despite the financial problems of the Ukrainian shipbuilding, we have finished vessel construction», — the chief executive – the director for production of the state joint-stock holding company Valery Kalashnikov has commented on the end of building. The container ship case has been built in May, 2008 in covered slip of the dockyard. In connection with the bank crisis in the end of 2008 the works on building have been suspended. In June, 2009 after the change of management of the enterprise the factory has resumed works on the vessel building. The state joint-stock holding company «Chernomorsky dockyard» is the largest enterprise of branch in Ukraine and one of the most powerful in Europe, it is foundeded in 1897. During the century it was constructed more than 1000 ships and vessels of various types and appointments, including war ships at the dockyard. 90,25 % of actions of the dockyard are owned by Open Society «Kherson ship-building factory». The Kherson ship-building factory and the Chernomorsky ship-building factory are the parts of the formed ship-building holding of Joint-Stock Company "Smart holding". Maritime Business News


Scrap metal deliveries to metal enterprises of Ukraine will increase by 12 % in 2010

The association of secondary metals predicts an increase in deliveries of scrap by steel enterprises by 12,2 % or by 0,624 million t, to 5,724 million t in 2010, informs president of the association Valentin Kulichenko. As he said, to growth of scrap deliveries will promote as predicted increase in manufacture of steel to metal enterprises in 2010, and increase of account operating ratio of an imported scrap by steel production. Following that, V.Kulichenko predicts an increase in 2010 of a stake of scrap deliveries to the home market in total amount of preparations in comparison with 2009 by 1,2 items to 86,4 %. Also the president of "Vtoremet" has underlined that despite expected growth of account factor of an imported breakage from 168 to 178 kg/t of the produced steel in 2010 in comparison with 2009, the association predicts reduction of the general account index about 325,3 kg/t up to 303 kg/t of the produced steel. It is caused by that metallurgists have predicted reduction of an account index of turnaround breakage about 157,3 kg/t to 124 kg/t of the produced steel. Reduction of an account index of turnaround scrap can be caused as increase in deliveries to metal enterprises of the production in the form of slabs, so that the increase in volumes of steel production of the continuous casting will lead to reduction of metal waste. V.Kulichenko has added that the association has coordinated balance of scrap metall deliveries (which underlies the given forecasts) with the association "Metallurgprom" and the Ministry of an industrial policy. In 2009 suppliers of scrap have reduced delivery of production by metal enterprises to 11,6 %, or by 0,67 million t to 5,1 million t. As it was informed earlier, the Ministry of an industrial policy predicts the increase in steel production at 5,86 %, or 1,743 million to 31,5 million t in 2010 Ukranews


The State fleet inspection of Ukraine carries out a constant monitoring of the situation with spring flooding

The State fleet inspection of Ukraine carries out constant monitoring of the situation with spring flood waters, informs the press-service of the Ministry of transport and communications of Ukraine. According to the order of the State administration of sea and river transport from February, 24th, 2010 «About preparation of "Ukrmorrechflot" for an admission of an ice drift, flooding and high waters on the rivers in 2010», the State fleet inspection of Ukraine has created an emergency response to control the situation in the difficult spring period and has confirmed its own action plan. All divisions of the State fleet inspection inspect readiness of recsue brigades in ports, navigable companies, ship-yards and check of a readiness and equipping of check boats n the fleet parking lots, on waterways, sluices. RBC-Ukraine


The state committee of veterinary medicine has forbidden import to Ukraine of birds, production and raw materials from it from Romania

The state committee of veterinary medicine of Ukraine has forbidden import to Ukraine of birds, production and raw materials from it from Romania (№15-2-23/2310 from 16.03. 2010). The interdiction is entered in connection with of highly pathogenic bird flu in the territory of Romania, informs the press-service of the committee of veterinary medicine. Import of other cargoes from this country which are under control of the state veterinary medicine, should be carried out according to veterinary requirements of import to Ukraine of objects of the state veterinary-sanitary control and supervision. Besides, the state committee of veterinary medicine has informed that in order to make changes to the decision of the Cabinet of Ukraine from 01.07.09 №652 "About the Approval procedure on import to the territory of Ukraine of animals, products of an animal origin, reproductive material, biological products, pathological material, veterinary preparations, substances, fodder additives, premixes and forages", it is necessary to put in the statement and a package of the documents provided by the Law of Ukraine "About veterinary medicine" and the corresponding decision. MDOffice


The EU enters a vessel monitoring system

The European agency on sea safety (European Maritime Safety Agency, EMSA) has declared launch of a new navigation monitoring system in the European waters. Starting from 3/10/2010 the authorized users have got an access to it in the EU Member Countries. The monitoring system named STIRES is an informational module platform on the base of SafeSeaNet. The system allows to observe all trading vessels in the near-real time mode, on a map. The system "AIS" is fundamental for the positioning system. Users can see all vessels setting the signal "AIS" on a map, and also specify, whether there is a dangerous cargo onboard (and what kind of), to do selection of vessels of a high risk, to receive an information on incidents with vessels. There are also possibilities in the system to be switched from the scale of the whole EU to a local mode (the system shows arrangement of ships in a concrete port or at a port berth) to receive the information on following port of call and an expected arrival time, and also a number of other options. Creation of the platform SafeSeaNet has been authorized by the EU instruction 2002/59/EU, all countries-participants of the EU have been involved in its working out. The round-the-clock control over a correctness of the system functioning is carried out by the EMSA support group. SeaNews