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Ruslan Sakhautdinov was appointed as the new general manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority

Today, January 14, Sergey Gronski, Deputy Chairman of the SE ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ for Maritime and Domestic Security, visited the Odesa port and introduced the new general manager, Ruslan Sakhautdinov, to the personnel of OB SE ‘USPA’. The appointment was approved by order of the Minister of Infrastructure on the basis of a proposal by the Chairman of the SE ‘USPA’.


‘According to the order of the Minister, Ruslan Sakhautdinov takes up his duties in a new position as of today,’ said S. Gronski. ‘Port workers do not need to especially represent Ruslan Sakhautdinov. His entire career is connected with Odesa port. At your end, he grew up as a professional in maritime transport, gaining organizational experience. In the port, he knows not only every berth but everyone who works at this berth, he knows all the operators of production complexes and all the problems and challenges that the enterprise faces. I hope that the new leader and the personnel have the same perspective for the further effective development of the port’


S. Gronski also thanked Denis Karpov for his professional work, who has served as general manager of the port Authority until now.


Reference: R. Sakhautdinov was born on January 12, 1981, in the Odesa region. Higher education. Graduated from Odesa National Maritime University (Transportation Logistics and Transport Management Department). He began his career as a forwarder in a private company. He has been working in the Odesa port since 2003. By 2014, he had passed all the stages of career growth from an engineer in the marketing department to the chief dispatcher of the port. Since March 11, 2014 until his current appointment, he has worked as deputy general manager on operational services of the port Authority. Appointed to the position of general manager of OB SE ‘USPA’ in 14.01.2020.




According to the operational data of the SE ‘USPA’ in 2019, domestic container terminals exceeded the 1 million TEU limit, which is 18.5% more than in 2018. Thus, it was possible to repeat the 2007 record.


As per the operative data of the Main Dispatching of Odesa port more than half of this volume (647.5 thousand TEU) was transshipped by two container terminals of Odesa port: the SE ‘Container terminal Odessa’ (CTO) and ‘Brooklyn-Kiev Port’. And at the expense of the leader of the domestic container market SE “CTO’ is 389.9 thousand TEU. According to Brooklyn-Kiev Port LLC, the terminal has transshipped 257.9 thousand TEU.


As AMPU reported, on the last days of December the collectives of the terminals of Odesa and Pivdenniy processed vessels, from which up to 1 million TEU deficient containers were transshipped. For example, on December 31, the collective of the SE ‘KTO’ processed the container ship ROSA A (program - 668 containers) on the berth #2-k. As of January 8, 2020, 5 container ships of MSC, ZIM, HLC, ACOL lines have been processed at the berths of the company.


BEX COSCO SHIPPING RHINE (Hong Kong flag, year of construction - 2017), the first container ship of the year at the terminal at Khlebnaia Harbor: unloading, loading - 2400 containers.


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‘SECRET OF ALACREZ’ was revealed and free tickets to the Main Christmas tree of Odesa were presented to kids of port workers by the Port Trade Union (photo report)

Today, 02.01.2020, on the stage of the Odesa Academic Ukrainian Musical Drama Theater named after V. Vasilko, the next New Year performance for the whole family, “Mystery Alacrez”, was presented by the director and art director of the concert and exhibition complex (CEC) of Odesa port, Honored Art Worker of Ukraine Anna Chernobrodskaia. The Port Trade Union provided free tickets for the New Year’s musical to all port administration employees and the SE ‘Odesa Port’ with children aged 3 to 13 years. For each ticket given, the union activists served a sweet gift.


Before the start of the performance, the young and adult guests were congratulated with the New Year's holidays by Denis Karpov, acting General Manager of the Odesa Branch of the SE ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’, Alexey Miaskovskiy, acting Head of the SE ‘Odesa Port’, Vladimir Zaikov, Chairman of the Trade Union of Maritime Workers of Odesa Sea Port.


Like all New Year’s projects of Anna Chernobrodskaia, the current performance was played following the original script, inspired by the New Year’s zodiac from the eastern calendar. For the year 2020, the year of the White Rat, Mikhail Krupnik, the author of the play, created a vivid story based on the famous novel by Vitaliy Gubarev ‘The Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors”. The performance fascinates with the rapid development of the plot, fantastic costumes, original music and refined choreography. The production involves more than 60 actors, including leading ones of Odesa professional theaters, including Vladimir Frolov, Honored Artist of Ukraine, Irina Kovalskaia, Honored Artist of Ukraine, Gennadiy Skarga, Honored Artist of Ukraine, etc.


‘The Main Christmas tree of Odesa’ was organized by the creative group of A. Chornobrodskaia for the 24th year in a row. For 22 seasons, New Year's musicals were on the stage of the Passenger Terminal CEC. Due to the reconstruction of the CEC, the performances take place on the stage of the theater of V. Vasilko for the second time.


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A donor day in Odesa port. The noble tradition of blood donation revived

December 17, 9.30 a.m. patients are traditionally crowded next to the consulting rooms of the medical unit (MU) of Odesa port. There are a lot of them near the day hospital. And inside the hospital, there is so unusually amount of unfamiliar medical staff and ... donors. Everything is clear: Donor Day is held on the basis of the MU, which is participated not only by the employees of the port Authority but also the employees of the main office of the USPA, and the labors of Pivdenniy port.


According to Zhanna Putienko, the MU head physician, the initiative to carry out such an event belongs to the personnel service of the main office of the USPA. The personnel service of OB SE ‘USPA’ supported this initiative and took care of organizing unobstructed passage for the employees from neighboring ports on the territory of Odesa port.


‘The idea of ​​celebrating Donor Day was born just on the eve of the tragic events in the building of the Economic College on Troitskaia 25,’ said Zh. Putienko. ‘Information on conducting of such action was sent to the collectives of our port Authority, USPA branches of the ports of Chernomorsk, Pivdenniy.


Then the head physician said that when the tragedy occurred at the Economic College, she called the blood transfusion station No. 1 and asked if there was enough blood for the victims and if the help of the port workers was needed. As it turned out, the Odesa citizens responded massively to the accident, and hundreds of donated blood. ‘Nevertheless, we decided that it was necessary to involve port workers in the noble mission of donating blood. If a person has not had hepatitis, is not HIV-infected, has no anemia, cardiovascular pathology, then he/she can donate blood to save someone’s life’, Zh. Putienko remarks.


If look back to Soviet times, then the port had a tradition of holding Donor Day, which used to be participated by up to 100 people. Among them, there were many Honorary donors of the union and republican scale. The port Authority in conjunction with MSC is trying to restore this tradition.


Blood sampling is carried out by specialists of the Regional Blood Transfusion Station: doctors Anita Revkova and Juliana Kachkovskaia, nurses Irina Ivanovskaia, Irina Pavlenova, Lyudmila Ponomareva, Natalia Kartelian. The doctors at the blood transfusion station brought their disposable tools, equipment, a cold store for blood, and even chairs. I. Ivanovskaya told that the donors` blood is repeatedly checked, tested: the blood type and Rhesus are checked in the first test tube, antigen, hepatitis, RV, AIDS are checked in the second one. Only then the material will be used for the needs of the city medical institutions. Or the blood will be frozen and go to the base.


‘According to the law, a donor has the right to receive a holiday on the blood donation day. Another paid holiday is expected during the year. We hope to repeat Donor Day after the Christmas holidays. It is necessary to continue this noble action’, the head physician of the MU summed up.


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The reloading of environmental control in sea ports will be provided by a special working group - the new head of the State Environmental Inspectorate

‘The position of the new head of the State Environmental Inspectorate is that all territorial bodies should be cleaned. We want to see as an inspector a young professional person in a uniform who will come to the enterprise and not demand a bribe but take actions that protect the law. Our main task is for this inspector to defend the life and health of people. Therefore, the State Environmental Inspectorate is primarily about the life and health of people’


Egor Firsov, acting as chairman of the State Environmental Inspectorate of Ukraine (SEI), began his briefing in Odesa with these words yesterday, 12/12/2019. The new head of the department held a field meeting in the regional state administration “on the activities of the State Environmental Inspection of the Crimean-Black Sea District”.


The formal reason for the meeting was the public outcry of the conflict in the port of Chernomorsk, where, the week before last, SEI officers detained the ship Shandong Peng Cheng for allegedly environmental pollution.


The specified vessel could leave the port only after paying a large fine. Now, this decision is disputed by the shipowner in court. According to available information, from the beginning of the year, the SEI of the Crimean-Black Sea District has already lost more than 80 similar cases in court.


Although the announcement of the meeting appeared in the media just a day before the meeting, representatives of more than forty business entities (branches of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (state enterprise ‘USPA’) and operators of coastal cargo terminals, agent, forwarding, law companies), as well as representatives of local authorities, public organizations, numerous journalists took part in the discussion on the urgent problem for the region.


The discussion in the regional state administration lasted two hours and was rather acute. In particular, the practice of environmental inspectors attempting to control the quality of isolated ballast on ships (which is not found in any other country in the world), as well as the existing practice of controlling seawater in harbors, was subjected to crushing criticism from the business side. Participants of the meeting repeatedly noted the illegality of the actions of regional SEI authorities, who “like Somali pirates” break onboard the vessel and give captains instructions on environmental pollution, even without the right to sign such documents, and then impose fines simply ‘off the mark’, not having approved methods for calculating environmental damage. When such attempts of extortion are made in relation to coastal business entities, the latter has time for judicial appeal of the actions of environmental inspectors. The captain of a foreign ship does not have this time at all - every day the idle time of a dry cargo vessel or tanker in the port costs the shipowner losses from 10 to 100,000 dollars.


According to business representatives, the current practice of environmental control in ports has already led many shipowners to refuse freight in the direction of the Ukrainian coast or to include a corruption component in the freight amount. As representatives of international maritime insurance clubs noted at the meeting, there is a special “Ukrainian warning” in the contracts, warning charterers: to prevent ship delay, it is necessary to include an additional amount in the disbursement account in connection with the implementation of "environmental control". Insurers noted with pain that in terms of risk, merchant ship flights to Ukraine are in third place after voyages to “pirate” regions near Nigeria and the Gulf of Aden.


Paying attention to the fact that the actions of environmental inspectors in the ports cause enormous damage to the image of Ukraine in the eyes of the world's sea carriers, the meeting participants suggested the new head of the SEI to reload the legal framework for environmental control in ports: approve clear and understandable rules for inspections and calculating methods of environmental damage. Separately, the need to increase the role of the structures ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ in these processes was emphasized.


Summing up the discussion, E. Firsov suggested that those present to create a special working group immediately that will develop and introduce new legal frameworks for the activities of environmental inspectors in ports. The head of the SEI proposed to include representatives of shipowners, law firms, SE ‘USPA’, and public organizations in the working group.


‘The main task of the working group is to develop new rules of the game,’ emphasized E. Firsov. - You know that the State Environmental Inspectorate can conduct port and ship inspection together with USPA. And our task is to make such a model and possibly restart the Black Sea Inspectorate with the participation of a new competitive commission, which will include public organizations so that we form a new composition of this commission. So that we can be sure that if the inspector goes to the port or to another business entity to check .. there will definitely not be corruption ... Perhaps the first few months of the inspection should be carried out openly - the inspector, representative of USPA, public organization, journalists. Take pictures with the camera: how samples are taken, how the verification takes place ...


The meeting in the Odesa city administration was attended by representatives of the central office and a number of branches of SE ‘USPA’, which indicates the relevance of the agenda for port workers. At the suggestion of the Director of the Department of Maritime Safety and Environmental Safety of the SE ‘USPA’ Nikolay Sevirin, the working group that will deal with the reloading of environmental control in ports includes Andrey Grigoryev, First Deputy Director of the Department.


Acting general manager of the Odesa branch of USPA Denis Karpov, giving comments to journalists, recalled that from August 1 this year the Procedure for Interaction of Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and the State Environmental Inspection came into force in the event of detection of ships discharging pollutants within the seaport water area (Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of July 17, 2019 No. 670).


‘We fully support the position to prevent pollution of the sea through the fault of the vessel, and in the event of such a situation, the shipowner should be held accountable, D. Karpov noted. - However, as practice shows, in many cases the validity of claims of environmental inspectors is doubtful. And I absolutely agree with the thesis of the new head of the State Environmental Inspectorate about the need to restore trust and respect from business and foreign shipowners to officials who carry out environmental control in ports. And in order to restore this trust, inspectors must adhere to procedures clearly prescribed by law. Corruption arises where laws do not work ...


Another important topic that was raised at an away meeting chaired by the new head of the SEI was the pollution of port water areas by non-port business entities. The meeting participants repeatedly emphasized that environmental pollution by sea-going vessels can make up at most one percent of the total volume of harmful substances that enter the sea through urban storm collectors and simply from sewer pipes that are not legally registered anywhere and are not controlled by anyone.


‘City storm sewers should only work when it is raining,” said E. Firsov at this briefing after the meeting. - But there are illegal connections to these storm collectors and almost everything gets there: shopping centers connect to them and drains, and car washes ... We turned to the Dutch embassy and three experts from the port of Rotterdam will conduct an independent [environmental] audit of three Ukrainian ports at our request. The content of harmful substances [in seawater]. Most likely, these will be the ports of Odesa, Pivdenniy and one of the ports of Mykolaiv region ...


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The electronic document management system in Odesa Sea Port Authority is becoming global

On December 11, Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (OB SE ‘USPA’) held a meeting on innovations in the electronic document management system (EDMS) that is introduced at the enterprise, in accordance with the requirements of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of January 17, 2018 No. 55. The event was attended by heads of departments and services and officials responsible for clerical work.


Particularly, two main news was announced at the meeting: since the New Year, the centenary practice of daily courier delivery of documents to structural units of the state enterprise ends, the incoming / outgoing correspondence registers and a number of other paper carriers, which have always been mandatory, are liquidated. At the same time, the scope of EDMS is expanding. It is not yet possible to fully switch to electronic document management since under the law many forms of documentation support for enterprises and the requirements for long-term storage of documents provide for the printing of their paper originals. However, the percentage of such documents in the total volume has recently decreased markedly.


‘At the request of our central office, from 2020, all internal correspondence within the SE ‘USPA’ will be transferred to a paperless format,’ says Olesia Muller, co-organizer of the meeting, head of the office management department of the OB SE ‘USPA’. - Regulations and orders on the official letterhead of the enterprise, if it concerns the main activity, will be prepared in two formats: electronic and paper. At the same time, a huge amount of correspondence on administrative issues is generated, processed, distributed and stored only in electronic form, as well as production meeting minutes.


According to O. Muller, the transfer ‘into the digital’ of many port`s traditional forms of business correspondence will require certain efforts of the staff to master new forms of EDMS. However, the benefits of this step are undeniable. This is the saving of labor and material resources of the enterprise, the acceleration of production processes. The level of corporate consciousness of port workers is also increasing. After all, learning new forms of EDMS at the same time as their colleagues in other departments of the Authority, each employee begins to feel part of a single team, clearly understanding common goals and objectives.


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Odesa port took part in a charity diplomatic Christmas fair

On Saturday, December 7, in the foyer of the Passenger terminal, one could see pavilions looking like islands of culture and culinary from various countries of Europe and Asia. All of them are participants of the XI Diplomatic charity Christmas fair. This event under the auspices of the Odesa State Administration, Odesa City Mayor and the public organization ‘Monster Corporation’ has been held for the 9th time. The organizers are planning to spend the funds collected at the current traditional fair for the purchase of the ‘Heating System on the Gel Plate for Patient’ for the Odesa Regional Clinical Hospital and the artificial lung ventilation apparatus for the Maternity hospital No. 1.


The fair presented pastries, dishes of national cuisine, souvenirs, New Year's gifts and decorations from Germany, Georgia, Belarus, Greece, China, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Peru, and many countries.


Representatives of diplomatic missions of about 30 countries participated in the grand opening of the fair. Each of them put an envelope with money in the transparent box set on the stage, which will be used to purchase the necessary medical equipment for Odesa hospitals to save the lives of children and adults.


Opening the fair, the head of the Odesa State Administration Maxim Kutsyi noted that, despite the tragic events associated with the victims of a large-scale fire in the building of the Economic College on Troitskaya 25, the organizers had decided to hold a diplomatic fair to raise funds for the purchase of vital equipment for hospitals.


Acting at the event Denis Karpov, acting general manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority, also put an envelope in the box on behalf of the enterprise’s administration.


‘Odesa port workers have always sensitively responded to all charity events,’ D. Karpov said, ‘because they are guided by the principle of ‘there is no alien misfortune’ Our employees had donated blood for victims of a fire in the building of the Economic College. We continue to raise money for the families of the victims. Today we must take part in a diplomatic fair and contribute to the acquisition of medical equipment that can save children`s life.


Among the participants of the fair, there were Hamburg Ambassador, Vice President of SE ‘Container Terminal Odessa’ (container terminal operator in Odesa port) Svetlana Yarovaia, who also contributed funds for the purchase of medical equipment. We recall that on September 6, S. Yarovaia officially became the representative of the German year Hamburg in Ukraine.


Meanwhile, the pavilions accommodated a brisk trade of national sweets and souvenirs, and amateur groups performed on the stage.


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German business is interested in direct trade relations with Ukraine. The delegation from Germany visited the port of Odesa

On November 29, a delegation visited the port of Odesa, which included representatives of the German Embassy in Ukraine for Agrarian Affairs, the Ukrainian-German Chamber of Commerce, ATU (Agritrade Ukraine), German enterprises. The guests visited SE ‘CTO’, a subsidiary of HHLA, a well-known logistics group in Europe (headquarters in Hamburg).


The purpose of the visit is to show how German investments in Ukraine work for businessmen in the agricultural sector or trade not to be afraid to invest in Ukraine. This must be convinced by the experience of successful container business in the port of Odesa.


The guest was hosted by Svetlana Yaroia, Vice-President for Social and Political Relations of SE ‘CTO’ and Commercial Director Igor Yarovenko. During the presentation, presented by I. Yarovenko, it was clearly demonstrated how the company had been developing for 18 years, how the client base had been created and developed, cargo flows had been attracted, cargo delivery logistics had been developed, and the terminal's diversification had been implemented.


During the years of cooperation with the port of Odesa, the company invested 150 million euros in the development of the company's facilities. For several years SE CTO has been the leader of the container market of Ukraine.


A significant place was given to the project ‘Quarantine Pier’, which the company implements together with USPA in the face of Odesa Sea Port Authority. At the end of watching the videos, a discussion broke out, in which not only business but also representatives of the German Embassy in Ukraine took part.


After the presentation, the members of the delegation visited the new berths 1-k and 2-k, examined the rear storage areas.


-I am visiting the container terminal for the second time, where German investments are invested, - ATU project manager Andre Pilling said.- I was very impressed by the successful cooperation between the Ukrainian state-owned enterprise and German business ...


Today, the composition of our delegation is mixed: it included representatives of the economy, associations, CCI, and participants in our project. Most members of the delegation visit Odesa and the terminal for the first time. It is very important for them to see for themselves how the container business is developing in Ukraine, to understand what logistic opportunities for cargo delivery exist between Odesa and Hamburg. This is especially interesting for representatives of commercial firms and associations since recently many Germans have received negative information about Ukraine from the media. This creates certain problems in trade between the two countries, in investing in the economy of your country, since trust is most important for business.


Further A. Pilling noted that after visiting the terminal, the delegation members will tell their colleagues about what they have seen, about how German investments work in Ukraine. It is very important, the ATU project manager stressed, to bring Ukrainian products to the German market. “As a resident of Hamburg, I must note that many Ukrainian products sold in our stores come to us through Poland. And we saw German goods in your supermarkets, in particular in Tavria, that arrived in Ukraine through Poland. At the same time, we are interested in direct trade relations,’ A. Pilling summarized.


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Olexiy Miaskovskii, Head of the SE ‘Odesa Port’: ‘One of the corruption schemes in the sphere of towing services has been canceled’

On December 3, a press conference of the new head of Odesa port, Olexiy Miaskovskii, was held for journalists of all-Ukrainian and local media outlets.


During the introductory speech, O.Miaskovskii (appointed acting director of the SE ‘OP’ on October 28, 2019) spoke about the measures taken by the new management to overcome the crisis in which the company is currently present, announced the most significant investment projects to be implemented on the basis of the SE ‘Odesa port’, answered numerous questions of representatives of informational organizations.


According to preliminary estimates, by the end of the year, the losses of the once extremely profitable enterprise will reach 100 million UAH. Partly, the reason is that until the end of 2016, 90% of the revenues of the SE ‘OP’ came from the port fleet, which then occupied 100% of the market of towing services in the port. Currently, due to non-transparent competition from private companies, the port fleet market share is only 13%.


One of the corruption schemes that deprived the company of its income was the private companies` hourly rent of tugs belonged to state enterprises.


Supporting this thesis, such data were given. On average, it takes 2 hours of operation for two or three tugboats to guide and set up a large ship to a berth. A private entrepreneur paid the port fleet for the use of its tugs based on the cost of an hour of operation of one tugboat. This is about 20 thousand UAH ($ 400). Thus, the state-owned enterprise received $ 2.400 for 2 hours of operation of three tugboats, despite the fact that the shipowner paid a private company 10-20 thousand dollars for towage due.


Today, this scheme has been completely canceled on the initiative of the SE ‘Odesa Port’ management.


‘Our proposals have got full support from the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladislav Krikliy, the decision has been made, and now there are uniform rules for operating on the towing services market for everyone,’ O. Miaskovski stressed.


According to the acting head of the enterprise, the tariff applied to the module of the vessel in towing piloting is distributed in accordance with the capacity of the tugs involved in the operation. Thus, all real income received from the shipowner is distributed proportionally between all parties of the piloting.


A new calculation model has already been developed with other market entities. It allowed the company to receive income from the use of one tugboat 4 times more than with time-based leases.


- The financial plan for 2020, which we developed and sent for approval to the relevant ministry, envisages the SE ‘Odesa Port’ enterprise becoming profitable, O. Miaskovskii further noted. - It is planned to achieve this goal not only by increasing revenues from the activities of the port fleet, but also by reducing costs, abandoning the implementation of projects that were designed exclusively for the use of funds and that do not give any economic benefits, or have meaningless payback periods of 10 - 15 years.


Separately, the head of the state-owned enterprise focused on concession projects that are planned for implementation in accordance with the recently adopted Verkhovna Rada Law on Concessions.


In particular, it was about the initiative of Brooklyn-Kiev Port LLC, which, together with its partner, the world-famous carrier СМА СGМ Group, provides for the extension of the line of berths No. 43-42 at Khlebnaia Harbor and the re-profiling of a number of facilities of the Shipyard ‘Ukraine’ for container transshipment capacities development. This project is an important component of the development strategy of Odesa port.


At the same time, the issue of reorganizing the production of a ship repair plant arises. The management of the enterprise has developed a program of economic and social measures in order to minimize the negative consequences of the project for the ship repair crew.


The document provides for the preservation of workshops, equipment, machinery, and workplaces of the Shipyard ‘Ukraine’ by re-profiling production to other types of products. Especially, it considers the possibility of putting dock No. 4 for sale since its operation resumption has no prospects from an economic point of view, and combining dock No. 2 with the PSM-650 ship repair complex.


Another concession project relates to the hotel ‘Odessa’. The hotel exists on the basis of shared ownership (80% is owned by the state, asset holder of the SE ‘Odesa Port’, 20% is owned by a private company). It started operating together in 2001 and was decommissioned in 2011. Since then, the hotel has not been working.


Addressing the journalists` question, O.Miaskovskii said that according to preliminary estimates, it was necessary to invest at least 200 million UAH. The enterprise does not have such funds. The solution is to transfer it on to a private investor. Now the Directorate of the SE ‘OP’ and the SE ‘USPA’ are developing a proposal to transfer the hotel as part of a single property complex with the Passenger terminal to the concession.


During his press conference, Olexiy Miaskovskii also answered a question regarding the Ruta tanker arrested in Libya, told about the new team that came with him in October this month to manage the enterprise brought to a deep crisis. According to the acting director, new deputy directors, heads of departments and services of the SE ‘Odesa Port’ are maritime industry professionals with extensive practical experience, specialists who know the port well, but their official salaries are 8-10 times lower than those of predecessors who received sky-high salaries, not paying attention to the fast-rolling enterprise into the abyss of financial disaster.


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Odesa Sea Port Authority officials underwent training and knowledge testing on labor protection issues once again

The Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Odesa Sea Port Authority’ (OB SE ‘USPA’), has completed the next period of planned training and testing of knowledge on labor protection issues for managers and officials of structural units of the enterprise.


Today, 29.11.2019, one of the last to demonstrate their knowledge was the heads of departments and management services of the State Enterprise ‘Odesa Sea Port Authority’. The exam was held in a ‘round table’ format, each of those present heard the answers of their colleague to the questions posed by the commission. There was a free exchange of views between the participants. Such a format contributes to improving the knowledge and skills of managers better in matters of safe organization and conduction of work.


Benny I.A., chief state inspector of the Main Directorate of State Labor Service of Ukraine in Odesa Region, and Reshetchenko V.P., deputy head of the department for the prevention of insurance claims of the Odesa city branch of the Social Insurance Fund of Ukraine, took part in this event.


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A regular meeting of the Port Council was held in Odesa port: The USPA offers stevedores to switch to direct contracts with Ukrzaliznytsia and to compensate for the costs for maintaining the fire safety service

The adoption of the new edition of the Mandatory Resolutions on Odesa sea port, the situation with the reform of the port Harbor Master service, the issue of reducing tariffs for services in the port and the situation with the allocation of land for the construction of an alternative entrance to the port.


These and other issues were included in the agenda of the next meeting of the Odesa Port Council. The round table discussion was held yesterday, November 28, 2019, in the main office of the Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (SE ‘USPA’) under the chairmanship of Denis Karpov, acting General Manager of the branch. The meeting was attended by Raivis Vetskagans, the head of the SE ‘USPA’.


Besides, members of the Council considered the advisability of switching stevedoring companies to direct contracts with the railway. During their speeches, business representatives agreed that dispatching railway operations in the port is not a function of the port Authority. At the same time, port operators expressed a unanimous position on the premature transition to direct contracts with the railway in the near future. According to stevedores, first it is required to wait for the conclusions of the working group created this year, which is developing a strategy for modernizing the railway infrastructure and optimizing railway operations in the port.


The group leader Anastas Kokkin, chief executive officer of the SE ‘CTO’, noted that research in this direction was progressing quite successfully. Highly qualified specialists from the Dnieper Research Institute of Railway Transport are involved in the performance of the work. The experts will be ready to submit a business plan for the further development of the railway component of the port at the end of the first quarter, next year.


Among the topical issues on the agenda, the meeting participants also discussed the proposal of the SE ‘USPA’ to partially compensate the expenses of the port Authority by the stevedore companies for the maintenance of the corporate fire safety service (FSS).


According to Igor Kizlak, deputy chief engineer of the OD SE ‘USPA’ for labor safety, told the audience that more than two hundred fire alarm signals, including ones from the production facilities of private companies (ignition of cigarette butts, short circuits of electrical equipment, careless handling of fire, disrepair of technical equipment and machinery, etc.) occur at the corporate service panel.


As the speaker admitted, the effective prevention of large-scale fires that can lead to loss of life and damage to millions of hryvnias is possible only under the conditions of 1) carrying out preventive work to prevent fires and 2) timely supply of fire extinguishing substance at the ignition site. At the same time, it should be borne in mind that fire engines of the units of the State Emergency Service nearest to the port need 20-25 minutes to arrive at the site of ignition in the port. Moreover, the performance of such units is objectively reduced by the lack of knowledge of the port specifics and the experience of extinguishing fires on boats.


Obtaining this information, representatives of the stevedoring business fully supported the thesis about the need for corporate fire protection in the port and generally agreed with the proposal to compensate costs of maintaining such a unit on a pro rata basis.


As an option, they proposed to work out the detachment of FSS to a separate business entity, so that it would be possible to direct financing with targeted payments. Stevedoring companies have to provide other proposals on this issue over time, within the period established by the protocol.


In conclusion, participants of the Port Council meeting approved a preliminary schedule for such meetings in the next 2020 (quarterly).


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