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French Navy Corvette Visit to Odesa Port

On November 28, the corvette of the French Navy F 796 COMMANDANT BIROT called at Odesa port and was moored to the 16th berth of the passenger complex.


The ship has been in the Black Sea since November 22. During this time, he visited the port of Batumi as part of military cooperation between Georgia and NATO.


This is the 28th visit of the Navy ship of non-Black Sea countries of NATO to the Black Sea in 2019. Previously, the French Navy frigates Lafayette and Gepratt, the minesweeper Capricorn, and the reconnaissance ship A759 DUPUY DE LOM have already entered Odesa.


The program of the visit of COMMANDANT BIROT to Odesa includes meetings with representatives of the Navy and other events. The departure of the ship is scheduled for December 1.


Reference. The light corvette COMMANDANT BIROT joined the French Navy in 1984. Its length is 80 m, width is 10 m, speed is 24 knots, cruising range is 4500 miles, the crew is 90 people. Armament: 100 mm universal shipboard gun mount 100 mm AA Mle 68; two main guns 20 mm AA F2; four 12.7 mm machine guns; four torpedo tubes 550 mm L 5 mod 4, one MANPADS SIMBAD; four missiles Exocet MM40.


The main tasks are maintaining the strategic submarine forces of the French and NATO Navy, reconnaissance and monitoring of naval movements.


The ship is named after Roger Biro, commander of the Free France Corvette Mimosa, which was sunk by a German submarine on the night of June 9, 1942.


The permanent base is the naval base in Toulon.


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USPA will several times reduce the cost of passes to ports and offer marine agents improved conditions for concluding contracts

From January 1, 2020, the sea ports of Ukraine will begin to operate new, several times lower, marginal tariffs for issuing passes for representatives of business and vehicles. Also, from the beginning of the year, maritime agents will be able to choose between two versions of coordination contracts during ship agency service.


‘’Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ decided to introduce uniform rules for the formation of the cost of passes at all ports. Starting next year, tariffs will be reduced in most ports: in some cases, five times. At the same time, the cost of passes, which is now lower than the proposed limit tariffs, will not increase. And the additional edition of the cooperation contracts will be another step that is aimed at improving working conditions in ports and effective interaction with our partners - maritime agents’, Raivis Vectskagans, Head of ‘USPA’ said.


When developing an additional version of the coordination contracts during ship agency service in ports, the position of the maritime community and the recommendations of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine were taken into account.


So, from January 1, 2020, maritime agents will be able to choose between two options for drawing up contracts with the ’Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’. The first is an accession agreement, which provides for the provision of a full range of services to ‘USPA’, including the administration of port charges and the provision of other related services. The second is a bilateral business agreement providing for interaction between ‘USPA’ and agents solely for the payment of port charges and specialized services. Corresponding revisions of the agreements will be published shortly on the ‘USPA’ website in the Marine Agents section.


Another good news for the maritime community will be the reduction in the cost of passes to the territory of ports. January 1, 2020, ’Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ will introduce a new system for calculating these free tariffs, which includes only costs associated with the manufacturing process in the cost of passes, indirect costs and profitability ratios are properly allocated. This will reduce the cost of passes to ports by 2–5 times. For example, obtaining a permanent pass for a truck to the territory of Odesa and Belgorod-Dniester ports will become 3.5 times cheaper, in Mykolaiv - 2 times, in Chernomorsk - 1.5 times. As noted earlier, the cost of passes, which are currently lower than the proposed limit tariffs, will not increase on January 1, 2020.


Cargo handling, investment projects and the DELFI tanker - what was discussed at the first press conference of Denis Karpov, acting General Manager of Odesa Port?

In January-October 2019, the cargo turnover of Odesa port reached 20.7 million tons, which is 3.4 million tons, or 19.4% more than the same period in the last 10 months. Positive dynamics were achieved in all positions of the main cargo range:

- grain in bulk (+ 29.7%),

- bulk (+ 29.1%),

- metal products (+ 18%),

- containers (+ 9.1%).

Denis Karpov, acting General Manager of Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (the OB SE ‘USPA’), devoted the first part of his press conference to the results of production activities of the enterprise in January-October of this year.



Further D. Karpov informed journalists about the current state of implementation of the four main investment projects of the port in 2019. So, according to General Manager of the OB SE ‘USPA’:

- reconstruction of the overpass connecting coastal cargo terminals with the Dry Port completed by 17%;

- construction of the berth No. 1-z of Androsovsky mole has entered the final stage and is going to be completed already in the first quarter of next year;

- 80% of works on the first launch complex were completed at the reconstruction of the berth No. 7 of the Quarantine Harbor;

- There were promising prospects for the construction of a new container terminal at the Quarantine mole.

‘The Quarantine mole project is a long-term construction, but this year the terminal operator is quite actively carrying out work on the third and fourth launch complexes’, D. Karpov said. – ‘The fourth is the construction of storage space in the rear of the berth No. 2-k, which was commissioned in October 2014. Today we and the investor - the company ‘CTO’, are working on options for accelerating the implementation of the project. From this angle, the proposal for a concession is also considered ...

The press conference of the General Manager of the OB SE ‘USPA’ coincided with the main phase of the operation for bonding the emergency tanker-bunker DELFI, which on November 22 was thrown aground in the area of ​​Odesa's Dolphin beach. A ring of 300 meters of booms around the wreck was set up by specialized teams of the port administration and the Naval Forces of Ukraine. Given the great public outcry surrounding the events with the DELFI m / v, D. Karpov shared with journalists the latest information from the scene and the urgent action plan of the OB SE ‘USPA’ in order to minimize the risk of environmental disaster in the coastal waters of Odesa.

Having received information about the uncontrolled drift of the tanker in the direction of the port water area, we took preventive measures ... so that there is no collision of the drifting vessel with the vessels on the roadstead, continued D. Karpov. - When the tanker ran aground, the port administration, in accordance with the requirements of regulatory documents ... put up 140 meters of the boom along the coastline. Thus, we were able to quickly localize the spill of oil products and prevent the globalization of pollution ...


To determine the degree of the threats posed by the DELFI accident, the port Authority plans to organize a diving inspection of the hull in a short time, acting General Manager further noted. There are no obstacles to an external survey except weather conditions. Inspection of the tanker's internal compartments will be preceded by degassing, flushing and cleaning of these compartments.


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Odesa port operators have provided two-thirds of container transshipment in Ukraine for 10 months

According to the USPA, Ukrainian ports and terminals processed 812 thousand TEU for 10 months. Almost two-thirds of this volume - 531.1 thousand TEU were transshipped by the port of Odesa. This is 70% of the entire container market of Ukraine.


An undisputed leader is the ‘Container Terminal Odessa’ subsidiary of the German concern HHLA (322.6 thousand TEU, + 20% to the same indicator in 2018). The company accounts for 40% of all containers processed in the domestic market. According to the results of 2018, the SE ‘CTO’ took third place among the ports and terminals of the Black Sea region.


The second largest container transshipment unit is the port operator Brooklyn-Kiev Port LLC. The company's share in the Ukrainian market is 26.3%. The port operator accepts vessels with a capacity of more than 10 thousand TEU from its founder, the global carrier CMA CGM, at the berths of the Khlebnaia harbor.


Although, over the past 10 months, the BKP team has reduced its performance compared to the same period in 2018 (208.5 thousand TEU against 217 thousand TEU in 2018), the company continues to develop its capacities, updating the fleet of transshipment equipment. In particular, 10 Terberg truck tractors were purchased this summer. Since the stevedore operates territories remote from the berth (the ‘Ukraine’ shipyard of the SE ‘Odesa Port’ and the former Odesa Sugar Refinery), 21 tractors are intensively involved to the works.


In November, the berths No. 42-43 of the Khlebnaia Harbor are scheduled to process four 300-meter container ships of the CMA CGM and Cosco lines, and 3 BSMAR weekly service vessels. So, on November 13, a 300-meter container ship COSCO SHIPPING PANAMA (in total more than 3000 operations) was under cargo operations. According to forecasts, the BKP expects the transshipment of containers at the level of 25 thousand TEU in November.


At the XIII International Black Sea Container Summit, which took place in September in Odesa, it was stated that this year Ukrainian ports could handle 1 million TEU, that is, repeat the level of container transshipment in the pre-crisis 2007. It needs to wait for a month and a half to see if these forecasts come true.


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PARTNERS NEWS. The head of the SE ‘Odessa Port’ holds meetings with teams of divisions. Port fleet is on the way to return to the towing services market

Last week the meeting of Alexei Myaskovsky, the acting head of the SE ‘Odesa Port’ and the staff of the port fleet was held. The head appointed on October 22 presented his vision of possible ways to get the enterprise out of the crisis.


Coming out of a recession

‘The situation, which the SE ‘Odesa Port’ has faced, is almost critical’, Alexei Myaskovsky stated. - The enterprise has been working for minus so long. According to the results of 9 months, the losses amount to 80 million UAH (by the end of the year, it will probably grow by another 20 million UAH), and the receivable is 180 million UAH. The situation is difficult, but we know how to solve the problems, - the acting head assured.


One of the first steps was to free them. They know their business and port well. This is Petr Zhukov, first deputy head, in the recent past he was the director of the ‘Shipyard ‘Ukraine’; Igor Kashubsky, deputy head for commercial affairs, is a well-known specialist who holds various senior positions in the port; Natalya Karadzha, deputy head for economics, formerly the chief accountant of Odesa port; Alexander Antonov, the head of the port fleet, a seafarer with extensive experience, until recently, the harbor master of Odesa port. Other specialists are also responsible and not strangers to the port people.


Priority measures to remove the enterprise from the difficult economic situation were presented to Vladislav Krikliy, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, and were supported by him. The measures do not provide for either a total reduction in jobs or associations with ‘USPA’, which were rumored. The only task facing the team is to eliminate unprofitability and overcome the negative trends that have taken place in recent years. It is quite real.


It is planned to improve the economy of the enterprise by returning the positions lost in the past.


Thus, in September, the port fleet of ‘OSCP’ occupied only 8% of the towing services market in the port. Today, measures are being taken to eliminate non-transparent competition with other state-owned companies. It wiil help to return 20-30% of the market by the end of the year. Alexey Myaskovsky hoped that special measures provided by the Ministry of Infrastructure will help establish order in the towing services market. This will increase the income of the enterprise, which will be aimed at stimulating people and restoring the technical condition of vessels that have not been repaired for a long time.


About stratospheric salaries

Alexei Myaskovsky expressed the hope for the financial plan for 2020, against the still not approved FP 2019, to be adopted on time. It will be oriented towards a positive result, and it will provide for an increase in salaries. Moreover, production personnel will be a priority. An important step has already been taken in this direction. The stratospheric salaries that the former management had were reduced by 8-10 times. Only this measure brought savings of the payroll budget about 5 million hrn per month.


About ship repair

During the meeting, acting head outlined several other areas of the enterprise’s development.

One of the largest projects is planned for implementation in the shipyard area.

It provides for the development of a mooring line and the adjacent areas of the plant. Investments in the range of 80 million dollars are invested by the world famous company CMA CGM. In the near future, the project will be separately presented to the Prime Minister of Ukraine. The project is likely to be implemented in the framework of the recently adopted Law on Concessions by Verkhovna Rada. Its successful implementation will significantly increase the production capacity of Odesa port, number of calls, therefore, the demand for towing operations.


At the same time, measures will be taken to preserve shipyard capacities and jobs.

- We do not mean the liquidation of the plant, we are talking about a partial change in the profile of production. Nothing will collapse. Workshops and equipment will be used, people will be involved, O. Myaskovsky assured.


According to the head, ship repair will be optimized as follows. Dock No. 4, which is in poor condition and is not economically feasible to repair it, will be put up for sale. Dock No. 2 is planned to be relocated. The option of moving it to the berth No. 28 area is currently being worked out. Thus, PSM-650 and dock No. 2 will be involved in the field of ship repair, which will make it possible to repair not only the SE ‘OSCP’ own fleet, but also foreign vessels.


The process of improving the economy of the enterprise to a large extent depends on solving the problem of cranes and other lifting and handling equipment, which is contained on the balance of the SE ‘Odesa port’. The tenant companies refuse from obsolete equipment. It is necessary to analyze the situation and decide its future fate: dump or implement on the market. Now, this issue is being studied in conjunction with the problem of the appropriateness of acquiring of new equipment.


The chairman of the trade union of Odesa port, Vladimir Zaikov, who also took part in this meeting, urged seafarers to support the initiatives of O. Myaskovsky as a specialist who, since working in Odesa port, 1998, has proved his professionalism and devotion to the port.


At the end of the meeting, O. Myaskovsky answered the questions of those present. They concerned the remuneration of labor, the situation in the market of towing services and the responsibility of individuals.


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Odesa port: the tug Patriot celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Ukrainian flag raising

Exactly 10 years ago, on November 14, 2009, a grand ceremony of the national flag raising took place in the port of Odesa on the newly-built tugboat Patriot.


‘Patriot is one of the best units of our fleet. Over the years, a tugboat has flawlessly performed thousands of towing operations, not only in Odesa, but also in other ports. The Patriot also participated in rescue operations and performed other specific tasks. The experience of ten years of operation showed that the tugboat met the expectations that the port had put on it’, Alexei Myaskovsky, the acting head of the SE ‘Odessa Port’ commented on the event.


Tugboats of the ASD Tug 2310 type Patriot and its sistership Bulat - are unique vessels. They were specially designed considering the rather difficult working conditions in the harbors of Odesa port, which were built in the era of the sailing fleet. The designers of ‘Damen shipping’ managed to do the almost impossible: to ft more than 4,000 horsepower into a small building.


‘Due to such characteristics, there are a number of operations where we are indispensable, and therefore it is possible to withstand fierce and sometimes opaque competition from private towing companies. Even under such difficult conditions, last year Patriot brought the company more than 9 million hryvnias of revenue’, Alexey Subbotin, the tugboat captain said.


On the occasion of the anniversary, the crew successfully operating and maintaining the vessel in perfect condition, Vladimir Zaikov, the chairman of Odesa Port Maritime Transport Trade Union, his deputy Nikolay Nikolaev, the port fleet management of the SE ‘Odessa Port’ led by Alexander Antonov, and also the ‘godmother’ of Patriot, Tatiana Galchanskaia, a labor safety engineer at the enterprise, who 10 years ago smashed a bottle of champagne onto the side of a new tugboat for good luck.


Reference. Patriot tugboat (ASD Tug 2310 type) was built in 2009 at ‘the Damen shipping’ shipyard in China. Acquired by Odesa port under a financial leasing agreement.


The length is the largest: 22.73 m, width: 10.43 m, draft: 4.77 m, DWT: 395 tons, main engine: 2x Caterpillar 3512B (4023 hp) - maximum speed: 12.4 knots, tow force on the hook: 47 tons.


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Investment projects of Odesa port: the berth 1-z has two-thirds of construction completed; dredging is next in line

A significant stage has been passed in the construction of berth No. 1-z for general cargo at the Androsovsky mole of Odesa port. This object is one of the ten largest investment projects that are currently being implemented by the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (the SE ‘USPA’).


According to specialists of the Hydrotechnical Engineering Structures and Major Construction Department (HESMCD) of the Odesa branch of the SE ‘USPA’, border and middle cip beams of the berth in the amount of 85.4 cubic meters were concreted last week. Thus, on the first decade of November, the construction of the upper structure of the berth was completed up to the 8th axis (which is 165 meters or 62% of the berthing line).


Along with concrete work at the facility, it is scheduled to begin dredging the operational water area this month. The information was provided by Sergey Vatan, the leading engineer of HESMCD. Soon, the arrival of the caravan of the dredging fleet is expected, which will bring the depths at the border of the berth and approaches to 12 meters.


Reference. The berth 1-z is being created as part of an investment project for the construction of a grain transshipment complex at the Androsovsky mole. The project is implemented by the SE ‘USPA’ with the LLC ‘Brooklyn – Kiev’ and LLC ‘Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine’ with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.


In the completed state, the berth 1-z will have the following main parameters:

- length of the berthing line will be 254.02 m;

- berth width will be 35.4 m;

- depth at the berth border will be 12.0 m (in the future, if it is economically feasible, it can be brought up to 13.5 m).


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Reconstruction of the berth No. 7 of Odesa port: 70% of work was completed at the first start-up facility

Construction works are successfully advancing during the reconstruction of the largest berth No.7 in Odesa port, which is 357 m long. By agreement with the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’, the project is implemented by the contractor, LLC Repair building trust NMP.

Reconstruction is carried out without decommissioning. Near the construction site, vessels up to 200 m long are processed, cranes are working, technological transport is moving, but this does not interfere with the work of builders.

‘In order not to stop the work of the stevedoring company, the entire project, is divided into three start-up facilities’, Maxim Shova, the acting head of the Hydrotechnical Engineering Structures and Major Construction Department (HESMCD) of the Odesa branch, explains. ‘The first facility, which is currently under construction, is 6 berth sections with a total length of 163 m. In September, the arrangement of the pile field of the berth was fully completed here. 220 metal piles 1020 and 1420 mm in diameter were immersed in the ground. In the summer, even before the pile field was completely ready, the contractor began to equip the upper structure. The works are carried out at a good pace, there were days when 250-300 cu. m of concrete were poured, that is, up to forty concrete trucks were accepted. Due to the good organization of the production process, as of the beginning of November, the concrete work of 1 start-up facility was 70% complete. This gives reason to predict the completion of the main concrete works in this month.

The complete reconstruction of the first start-up facility is expected to be fulfilled in the 1st quarter of next year. At present, according to the HESMCD, the berth will be equipped with all the necessary networks: electricity, sewage, water, communications and other utilities. The berth will be equipped with gantry rail, electric power poles, fenders and mooring devices, surface coating. The rear area will be covered with curly paving elements, the sections adjacent to the berth border will be covered with concrete slabs.

Then, after the operator, the stevedoring company Metalsukraine Corp. Ltd, transfers cranes, other machinery and equipment to the updated production facilities, creates warehouses and starts working, work on the second start-up facility should begin. This is a segment of the berth No.7, over 220 m long. The completion of this reconstruction stage is scheduled for the end of 2021.

According to the project, the third start-up facility will put an end to the reconstruction which is dredging the water area of ​​the Quarantine harbor at the berth border and water approaches.


Reference. Berth No. 7 of Odesa port is located in the operation of the company Metalsukraine Corp. LTD since 1993. The company in the port of Odesa on the principles of public-private partnership. In general, the berth has been in operation without overhaul for more than 50 years. Its reconstruction is carried out due to the conclusion of its technical lifetime.

Due to the change in the configuration of the berthing line of the Quarantine Harbor, the longest berth of the port will increase by another 29 m after the reconstruction. Its length will be 386 m. The high density of the pile field envisaged by the project is designed for larger loads than before. Depth near the border will be brought to 13.5 m.


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Representatives of the USPA Supervisory Board got acquainted with the infrastructure of Odesa port

Today, November 6, in the morning, the port of Odesa was visited by representatives of the Supervisory Board of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’. The delegation included Hurtienne Wolfgang (Germany), an independent member of the Supervisory Board, and Anton Yaschenko, the state representative of the Supervisory Board.


During a short meeting at the port administration, Denis Karpov, acting general manager of the Odesa branch of SE ‘USPA’, introduced the guests to the current situation in the financial and economic activity of the enterprise, the existing problems and his vision of ways to solve them. In the future, an excursion was organized for the delegation to familiarize them with the production infrastructure of the port with an emphasis on the objects that appeared in discussions during meetings with activists of relevant public associations of the transport industry, as well as at a meeting in the city hall.


Moreover, yesterday at the Odesa City Council, members of the highest collegial governing body of the USPA submitted for consideration of the city authorities a draft Corporate Strategy of the SE ‘USPA’ for the period until 2025. The Strategy is based on the European principles of public corporation management, which should become the foundation for closer cooperation between the port Authority and the municipality.


During the talks in the city hall, Raivis Vetskagans, head of the SE ‘USPA’ drew attention to the process of transforming the Sea Ports Authority from a state-owned enterprise to a joint-stock company. According to R.Vetskagans, by the end of the month, it is scheduled to submit the draft law to the Parliament. The next step is the creation of a joint venture in which the founders could be two parties: the state represented by the joint-stock company ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ and the municipal enterprise established by the Odesa City Council.


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Denis Karpov: ‘Odesa port and Zonguldak port are connected by a regular line of delivery of ‘New Year's’ fruit import to Ukraine

Denis Karpov, acting head of the Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’, presented production capacities and investment projects for the Odesa port development at a meeting of representatives of the Odesa region business circles with a delegation of the Turkish province of Zonguldak. The meeting took place yesterday, November 4, in the Odesa Regional State Administration. The event was organized by the regional representative of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Ukraine) and the Department of Investments, International and Interregional Cooperation of the Odesa State Administration.


When discussing the prospects for expanding trade and economic ties between the regions of the two countries, in particular, they talked about establishing closer cooperation of the sea ports. In a short comment after the meeting, D. Karpov noted that the Odesa port and the Turkish province are connected by the regular Odesa-Zonguldak-Odesa line for the delivery of citrus fruits.


‘Yes, the Zonguldak port is the main transshipment base of the Black Sea area for Turkish fruit and vegetable exports,’ D. Karpov said. ‘And Odesa has been one of the permanent recipients of this export for more than 15 years in a row. Every year from October to March inclusive, ro-ro vessels are brought weekly to berth No. 21 of Cabotage Harbor from a consignment of citrus fruits from Turkey. In total, 40-60 thousand tons of lemons, tangerines and oranges run over the season. The peak season falls in December-January. Freight forwarders call this period the ‘New Year's delivery’ of tropical fruits ... Of course, Odesa sea port Authority is interested in vessels on the line running loaded not only to Odesa. Therefore, during negotiations in the b2b format with our Turkish partners, we raised the issue of the possibility to expand the range of goods on the line at the expense of Ukrainian exports, and possibly transit ...’


According to the media, yesterday's meeting in the Odesa State Administration resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between business circles of the Odesa region and the Zonguldak province. The signing ceremony was attended by Maxim Kutsyi, the chairman of the Odesa State Administration, Erdogan Bektash, the governor of the province Zonguldak, and Omer Selim Olan, the mayor of Zonguldak.


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Odesa sea port authority received a delegation of the Klaipeda Municipality Youth Council

Odesa and Klaipeda are well-known in Europe sea ports and international tourist centers. Partnership between the two cities are secured by twinning agreements. Therefore, it is logical that the expansion of this partnership has reached the stage of establishing working contacts between youth organizations of the two municipalities. This was discussed at a meeting in Odesa port, which took place today as part of a visit to Odesa by a delegation of the Klaipeda Municipality Youth Council (Lithuania).


Yesterday, the guests from Lithuania visited the Odesa City Council, where they signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Odesa Mayor Youth Council.


The visit to Odesa port as a part of this visit was not accidental, since it was the Youth Organization of the SE ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (the leader is Denis Buzinovskaya) that at initiated the establishment of working contacts with colleagues from Klaipeda; and a cooperation agreement between Odesa port and Klaipeda port was signed in 2015 and is being actively implemented in the field of exchange of experience in the transport processes management, IT technology, new methods of protecting the ecology of the sea, etc.


In particular, Denis Karpov, acting general manger of the port Authority spoke about this at the meeting with representatives of the Klaipeda Youth Council.


‘Back in 2003, the sea ports of Lithuania and Ukraine were literally and figuratively connected by the Viking, regular intermodal transport train, a joint project of the railways of Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, as well as stevedoring companies of the ports of Klaipeda, Illichivsk and Odesa,’ D. Karpov noted . ‘Among the recent joint projects, the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between Odesa Port Authority and the KLAIPEDOS NAFTA company, which specializes in the transshipment of oil products and operates one of the most efficient LNG terminals for the reception and regasification of liquefied gas, can be singled out in July this year. I hope that the contacts between youth associations of the two coastal cities of Lithuania and Ukraine will also take on the outlines of specific joint projects - interesting, creative, useful in terms of gaining specific professional experience. The horizons of cooperation in the field of public youth diplomacy are very wide ...


Vladimir Zaikov, the chairman of Odesa port trade union, who also took part in the meeting, emphasized that the Odesa Port Youth Organization (OPYO) was created in 2007 precisely on the initiative of the trade unions and became the first ‘youth’ at the enterprises of the domestic maritime industry.


‘For the first fifteen years of Ukrainian independence, Odesa port transferred financial and economic activities to market rails, made a real breakthrough in the development of its production capacities and increased cargo turnover, and became truly the first European port in Ukraine. At a certain moment, we realized the need to create a talent pool so that a new generation brought up on modern business technologies and management digitalization could manage the port in the 21st century. And not only this. The question arose before us: who will defend the social gains of the collective? So the idea of ​​creating a port youth organization was born. We created it and time has shown the correctness of this decision,’ V.Zaikov said.


Today, the OPYO has almost 250 members and is the most active member of the industry youth association. At the meeting with Lithuanian colleagues, Olga Galadzhyan, the leader of the organization, presented the main activities of public youth organizations of the sea ports of Ukraine. It supposes holding of humanitarian, charity and volunteer actions to help socially vulnerable groups of the population, measures to protect the environment and improve the ecology in coastal cities, conducting sports competitions between port teams, organization of training seminars for professional growth and promotion of the employment of young professionals ...


Aistė Valadkienė, the coordinator for youth affairs of Klaipeda city municipality, in her turn, acquainted the receiving side with the projects that are being implemented by activists of the organization led by her. The youth of Klaipeda are actively cooperating with the municipality in terms of gaining experience in city self-government and the functioning of state institutions. Activists also communicate with existing politicians, learn from the experience of upholding the values ​​of democracy and the fight against corruption. The most ambitious project of the Youth Council under the municipality was to participate in an international competition for the title of Youth Capital of Europe. Work in this direction was being carried out for several years and successeded: in November 2018, a ceremony was held in Serbia to award Klaipeda the title ‘European Youth Capital 2021’, which was participated by representatives of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the OSCE and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.