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Rating of lines on the Black Sea in the first quarter 2013

The company Informall has prepared its latest rating of lines on the Black Sea in the first quarter of 2013. The rate is based on the consolidated volumes of lines, excluding transshipment in the following markets: Ukraine, terminals: HPC Ukraina, Container Terminal Illichevsk, TIS, Brooklyn-Kiev, Russia, terminals: NUTEP, NLE, NCSP, Romania, terminals: CSCT, SOCEP , Bulgaria, terminals of ports: Varna, Burgas; Georgia, terminals of ports Poti, Batumi.


Leadership holds MSC, the second place took MAERSK, the third - CMA CGM, the fourth - ZIM, the fifth – ARKAS.


It is noteworthy that there are many changes compared with 2012. The line CMA CGM changed positions with ZIM line, moving from 4th place on the 3rd and ZIM from the 3rd on the 4th, respectively.


Happag Lloyd rose from 7th to the 6th position and Evergreen climbed from 10th to 7th place.


CSAV has dropped from 6th to 9th place. OOCL and APL rose up from 12th to 10th and 16th to 11th, respectively. Kline fell from 9th to 12th. WHL and YML also fell from 11th place to 14th and from 14th to 15th, respectively.


MOL rose from 18th to 16th, and Admiral fell from 15th to 17th place. NYK also lost its positions, falling from 17th to 18th place.


Reformation of Ukrainian ports eliminates staff redundancy

According to the law "On sea ports of Ukraine" the Ministry of Infrastructure takes measures to implement the reformation of Ukrainian state-owned ports. Urgent question for all employees of the industry is whether the reformation will cause the redundancy of personnel.

According to the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Dmitry Demidovich, the principled position of the ministry and the Government of Ukraine and personally the Vice Prime Minister Alexander Vilkul and the Minister of Infrastructure Vladimir Kozak is to avoid any reductions of employees during the implementation of the reform of the industry.


"No one employee will not be dismissed" - said the Deputy Minister. "Our task is to implement effective public-private partnership on the basis of the stevedoring companies that will be created after the reformation. Private investor allocates funds, provides technology and related freight traffic. This, in turn, guarantees not only maintenance, but also creation of new jobs and increase revenues to the budgets of all levels, both local and state", - said Dmitry Demidovich.


As part of reformation of maritime industry strategic ports’ property will be transferred to the State Enterprise "Ukrainian Sea Port Authority" and new investment projects will be implemented on the basis of the state stevedoring companies

Reformation of maritime industry does not foresee the privatization of all strategic property of ports. This was stressed by the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Dmitry Demidovich on-line the 5th Channel.


According to him, the Law "On seaports of Ukraine" provides a lot of opportunities for implementation of public-private partnerships to attract investments. "The Ministry of Infrastructure in cooperation with leading international experts to work out all the most correct, relevant and effective forms of public-private partnership", - he said, adding that in the preparation of this edition of the Law have been considered the best European and international practice, in particular the experience of ports of Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia and other countries.

"The law provides that all the strategic property, i.e. water area, waterworks, berth walls, public infrastructure will go to the Authority as a newly established state-owned enterprise. This is a very correct gear as strategic assets is a matter of national security, and it is in the public domain", - said the Deputy Minister


Ministry of Infrastructure is working on strengthening the protection of rights of Ukrainian sailors

Maintaining and enhancing the image of Ukraine as a state that provides a global labor market with high quality naval personnel, the establishment at national level of all the conditions for the further recognition of Ukrainian sailors as high skilled professionals, social protection in accordance with international standards of Ukrainians working on ships under foreign flags – all these issues were discussed at the meeting of experts of the Ministry of Infrastructure, chaired by the Prime Minister Vladimir Kozak with the International Transport Workers' Federation and transport unions led by the Executive Secretary General Stephen Cotton.

"Ukraine continues to develop as a nation that prepares high skilled maritime personnel. Our training institutions involved in the training of seafarers are assessed by the European commissions and organizations, as well as our partners in all countries", - says the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Kozak.

According to him, it is important for Ukraine to maintain and improve the current level, and then the Ministry aims to introduce international best practices of social protection and social standards for Ukrainian sailors.

Speaking to continue working on bringing the legislation to the international standards and requirements, Vladimir Kozak said: "I believe that we should work together with the union and ITF to create a road map to determine the next steps and stages of implementation of international best practices and standards in Ukraine".

In response, the Executive Secretary General Stephen Cotton also said that Ukraine as one of the leading suppliers of skilled personnel on the international maritime vessels under different flags and noted that the ITF in conjunction with the trade unions are ready to provide the necessary support and assistance.


Ukraine lifted all restrictions on wheat export

According to the General Director of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation Sergey Stoyanov, at a meeting of the working group on the functioning of grain market in the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food was decided to lift all restrictions on domestic grain export. The meeting was held on April 24.


However, he suggested that this decision will most likely not lead to increase of grain export, because the prices on domestic market are higher than in the world one.


Most likely that no more than 200 thousand tons of wheat will be supplied on the foreign markets, 80 thousand tons of which are already at the ports.


Ministry of Infrastructure will intensify the feedback with the employees of reorganized state-owned enterprises of maritime transport

To ensure the fullest awareness of employees of state enterprises in maritime sphere on the processes taking place in the industry as part of reformation of maritime industry, providing comprehensive answers to all the questions, the Ministry of Infrastructure will soon launch the hot line. In addition, all persons interested can contact with their suggestions and comments as well as ask question on the special web-pages, which will be designed for this purpose.


The proposal to enhance feedback with labor unions by introducing new forms of communication was initiated by the Ministry of Infrastructure at a joint meeting with representatives of the professional departments of trade unions of state enterprises of maritime industry, which was held on 24 April 2013 under the chairmanship of the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Dmitriy Demidovich, and supported by all participants.


“The reason that idea is interesting is that it gives the Ministry direct understanding of the issues that really concern people. It's like a conventional direct dialogue through which we can clearly understand what issues concern labor groups and react accordingly as well as determine which port should be visited in the first place in order to give people feedback.

Among the important issues was also discussed the conclusion of collective agreements on the newly created enterprises after reorganization.

More information about the meeting you can see here.


Ukraine and Serbia held a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation

On 23 April 2013 in Belgrade as held the 5th session of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Serbian commission for trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation, chaired by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Boiko and the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Policy of Serbia Jovan Krkobabich.

The participants of the meeting discussed a number of issues of bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade and investment, energy, transport, tourism, social services, agriculture spheres. Cooperation between the Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and the Republic of Serbia Chamber of Commerce was also discussed.

Yuriy Boyko assured that the Commission is an important inter-governmental mechanism of bilateral cooperation, which will contribute to further development of relations between Ukraine and Serbia.

"This is the fifth session of the Commission, is an illustration of stability and succession of the Ukrainian-Serbian relations. It will be an important milestone for the strengthening and development. I believe that the report on the results of the Commission's work, which we have signed today, is a very good base for our trade and economic relations development of both countries", - he said.

He also noted that a significant increase in trade volumes remains a priority for both countries.


The next joint meeting will be conducted in Kiev in 2014.


Ukraine may resume wheat exports in mid-May – N.Prisyazhniuk

Ukraine may resume wheat exports from 10 May, which was suspended at the end of last year. This announced the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Nikolay Prisyazhniuk on 22 April for Forbes edition.


According to him, the formal permission to restore supplies will be formalized by protocol decision of the Board of exporters.


This week will be held a meeting with traders, where will be discussed the issue of opening of exports and shipments volumes.


According to the General Director of the Ukrainian Grain Association Vladimir Klimenko, most likely, export of grain from the Agrarian Fund of Ukraine only will be permitted within a certain limit. In early 2013 the government has put up for public auction 300 thousand tons of wheat from the fund, 75% of which was purchased. This time market participants will be able to purchase allowed grain volume for export at the auction on the Agrarian Exchange.


The level of containerization of Ukraine's foreign trade is 6 times lower than in the EU

Despite the fact that in recent years the growth rate of Ukrainian market was unstable and lags behind neighboring market of Russia, Ukrainian market still has considerable growth potential. So, the level of containerization trade here is 6 times lower than in developed countries (EU, USA) and a 2 times lower than in developing countries (Russia and Turkey), writes


According to the report of SeaNews «Russian container market. Results of 2012", the turnover of Ukrainian ports amounted to 232,575 TEU.


The first quarter brought a revival of dry cargo shipping

Despite pessimistic forecasts, taking into account the hard state of dry cargo market, it seems that ship owners have managed to remain intact under conditions of excess tonnage and even make some money, Hellenic Shipping News reports.

According to the latest report of brokerage company Intermodal, the first quarter brought positive results for such type of vessels as panamax, supramax and handysize. Time charter equivalent rose and gave shipowners the opportunity to earn not only covering operating expenses.

According to Intermodal, increase of demand for tonnage is eligible due to increase of grain transportations from South America, which led to increase in freight rates for panamax. And in the Pacific these vessels were also supported by increased demand for Indonesian exports: iron ore, bauxite, nickel ore and coal.

As a result, BPI index in March remained at the average of 1,147 points. Supramax and handysize segments increased by 30% and 20%, respectively due to transportation of grain.

At the same time, capesize segment remains shortage of demand for transportions. Irregular supplies of mineral goods particularly iron ore and coal, coupled with huge offers of vessels reduced the daily earnings of up to $5 thousand - the lowest since the third quarter of 2012.


Ukrmorrechinspektsiya purchased two new modern boats for inspectors of Odesa regional Department

Now Odesa interregional management of Ukrmorrechinspektsiya take two new boats of domestic production on its balance. Equipment of the boats will allow inspection of waterways in full measure.

These lightweight and comfortable boats with a spacious cockpit have a small deadrise at the transom, which allows use them in the shallow water.

Their maneuverability during transportions, ease of launching and raising, reliable and confident control, a spacious cockpit, processing with modern materials will help inspectors to carry out their control functions efficiently, especially as new boats are already equipped with everything necessary: binoculars, first aid kits, communication equipment, tents, night vision devices, and others.