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The Cabinet has cancelled a surcharge on import duty

The Cabinet has cancelled the decision №230 from March, 18th, 2009 about introduction of the time surcharge 13 % on the current rate of import duty for refrigerators and automobiles. Minister of economics Vasily Tsushko informs about it. As he said, the corresponding decision was accepted at government session on Wednesday. He has noticed that in 2009 the Verkhovna Rada enacted the law on introduction of an additional duty on automobiles and refrigerators for 6 months, presently the period of validity of this law has expired. "The law acted during a half-year, and then it has stopped the action, was not acting for a long time — few months. We simply have abolished it", — Tsushko has told. As he said, abolition of the decision of the previous government was a simple formality. As is known, on February, 5th, 2009 the government has entered an additional surcharge 13 % for 6 months to the duty for a number of import goods. In March, 2009 the Ministry has suggested the Verkhovna Rada to abolish the surcharge 13 % to the duty on import goods except for refrigerators and automobiles, simultaneously having accepted the corresponding decision which classifies the goods on which the surcharge is applied. In June 2009 the Constitutional Law recognized as unconstitutional the Ministry’s right to reduce, abolish and prolong an action time of the surcharge to rates of import duty. MDOffice

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The Ministry of transport and communications Ukraine has developed draft regulations on definition of the minimal crew complement of a vessel

The Ministry of transport and communications of Ukraine has developed the draft order « About adoption of the Regulations on definition of the minimal crew complement at which the sailing of a vessel in the sea and on internal waterways is allowable ». As informs the press-service of the Ministry, the document is formulated with the purpose of navigation safety. This is the first in Ukraine regulatory legal act which authorizes such regulations. The project is developed in accord with the requirements of the Merchant Shipping Code of Ukraine and the International convention on human life protection on the sea of the year 1974 with modifications (SOLAS - 74), the International convention on seamen training and certification of 1978 . PortNews

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Cargo Turnover of the Odesa Port in January-April 2010 (online data)

According to the operative data, the cargo turnover of the port of Odesa for January-April, 2010 has been 9246.6 thousand tons that is 733.8 thousand tons less, than during January-March, 2009. In particular, it was handled 4834.5 thousand tons of dry cargoes that is 836,3 thousand tons less than the indexes of January-April 2009 and 4412.1 thousand tons of bulk cargoes that is 102.5 thousand tons more than indexes of the similar period-2009. In January-April, 2010 in the port of Odesa the cargo handling in containers increased by 471,4 thousand tons (+66,5 %) from 708,7 thousand tons in 2009 to 1180,1 thousand tons in 2010 or from 72 992 TEU to 96 852 TEU. Port.Odesa.Ua

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A BOOK ABOUT UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE IN PORT

On a recent day in the Odesa ports museum of history named after de Volant (director Olga Sevostyanova) the book «Odesa port: years 1941-1944, occupation» has been introduced to veterans of Great Patriotic war -workers of the port. This documentary work published an active support of the administration and trade-union committee of SE Odesa commercial sea port, contains not only well-known information, but also unknown earlier hidden facts about the activity of underground organizations, reconnaissance and sabotage groups in the Odesa port during occupation. The collection of articles is made and edited by the museum employee Tatyana Gleb-Koshanskaya with the help of Odesa historians on the basis of the documentary certificates collected in the first post-war years on the initiative of the legendary Odesa ports general manager and head of Black Sea shipping company Pahom Makarenko. The youth organization of the Odesa port took part in the preparation and carrying out of the books presentation. Both, to veterans, and active workers of the youth organization one copy of the edition was handed as a gift, especially dated for the 65-anniversary of the Victory over fascist aggressors in the Great Patriotic war. V.VOLYANSKY, «Odessky portovik» newspaper

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LETTERS FROM FATEFUL FORTIETH

«The Black Sea merchant fleet in the Great Patriotic war » - thats the name of an exhibition, coincided with the 65-anniversary of the Great Victory, which has been opened one of these days at the Odesa passenger terminal. The organizer is the Museum of marine sea fleet of Ukraine. According to Lyudmila Bondarenko, director of the museum, the exposition consists of documentary certificates of a national act of bravery in time of the first bombardments of Sevastopol and Odesa in the summer1941 before the parade of Victory in Moscow in July 1945. These are nominal things, hand-made articles, cigarette cases of concentration camps prisoners - the trading USSR-ships seamen. Pencil sketches of bombardments of harbours in Odesa, Tuapse, Sevastopol and on the frontier crossing, made by on-the-scene eyewitness of the events, legendary captain Michael Grigor. Soldier‘s letters, condolence letters. The unique map of demining activities of the port of Odesa from April, 10, 1944. The invitation to the parade of Victory in Moscow on July, 22, 1945., etc. Students of the first excursion, who expressed a keen public reaction, were the 3-d course cadets of the sea school of the Odesa national legal academy, and also workers of the port. The exhibition will be opened for visiting during the whole 2010 declared the Year of Veteran, until the next anniversary on May, 9, 2011. N.STEPANOVA, «Odessky portovik ».

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Turkey and Ukraine have agreed to develop ferry communication Sinop-Yalta

Turkey and Ukraine have decided to launch a ferry communication between the Turkish city Sinop and the Crimean Yalta. "At a meeting with the Crimean administration I have brought to their attention the decision accepted yesterday (May, 5th) on ferry communication between Sinop and Yalta", - says in an interview to journalists Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu. The Turkish diplomat also adds that the Crimean region "has a large potential" for economic development. A.Davutoglu during visit to Crimea on May, 6th met Crimean speaker Vladimir Konstantinov and prime Minister of the autonomy Vasily Dzharty, and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Konstantin Grishchenko - on May, 5th in Kiev. UNIAN

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Ukraine together with Russia will create a joint marine commission on Kerch strait exploitation

Ukraine together with Russia will create a joint marine commission on Kerch strait exploitation. Minister of transport of the Russian Federation Igor Levitin informs about it following the results of negotiations with the minister of transport and communication of Ukraine Konstantin Efimenko during the VII session of transport subcommittee of the Committee on economic cooperation of the Ukrainian-Russian interstate commission. «Lack of proper regulation of borders in this region is a problem for two managing subjects - administrations of ports Caucasus and Kerch», - quotes Igor Levitin the press-service of the Ministry of transport and communications of Ukraine. «Therefore we have agreed that we will create the joint marine commission on this object», - he has added. The commission will work over providing and increase of navigation safety. «First of all, it will allow not to admit errors at navigation providing in the differentiated territory», - Igor Levitin has told. Besides, work of experts from both parties will allow Ukraine and Russia to plan implementation of works on own sites, to introduce pilotage technologies, etc. PortNews

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Ports of the Odesa region will handle 96 million t of cargoes following the results of 2010

Head of Central administrative board of economy of the Odesa region Oleg Murat has made the corresponding forecast at session of board of the Odesa regional state administration. "By our prospective calculations, the volume of cargo handling in ports of the region following the results of 2010 will make about 96 million tons and will increase by 3 % approximately", - underlines Oleg Murat. Also by the end of the year, as he said, "the situation in cargo and passenger transportations of the Odesa region" is stabilized. "The positive dynamics on railway transportations" are expected, - adds the official. Trans-port

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The shipbuilding of Ukraine in money terms increased by 77 % for the 1 quarter

According to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the volume of production released by ship-building enterprises for the 1 quarter, makes 845,9 million UAH (about $105 million) that is 77 % more than the same period’s level of the previous year. A number of the profile enterprises has shown increase in production, including almost all branch-leaders - Open Society "Kherson shipyard ", Open Society " Wadan Yards Оkean ", Open Society "Shipyard "Zaliv", SE "Zarya-Mashproekt", Open Society "Shipyard " Equator ", Open Society "Shipyard "Fiolent". The volume of ship-building production release for the specified period is 660,2 million UAH that is 40 % more than in January-March, previous year. The ship-building program of quarter is made by 7 units by general cost $52,5 million. The list of the released and delivered to customers production consists of 4 vessels for the domestic customer and 3 - for foreign (Norway and Holland). Ship-repair works are executed in the volume of 17 million UAH ($2,1 million). The order volume is made by 39 units under repair. Trans-port

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Import of meat to Ukraine has decreased by 40 % in the І quarter 2010, - expert

Import of meat to Ukraine for the first quarter 2010 is 58 thousand t that is less by 40% than the last year’s indexes. The press-service of "Ukrainian club of agrarian business" informs about it. Experts of UCAB notice that the decrease in import is connected with development of domestic animal production, strengthening of a veterinary control, and also with reduction of solvency of the Ukrainian consumers. Thus the basic part of import goes to fowl (24 thousand) and pork (19 thousand). According to head of the UCAB expert commission Vladimir Lapa, the decrease in import can already be a tendency in 2010 as of the beginning of April the livestock of pigs has grown by 14 % in comparison with the previous year, birds - by over 5 %, and meat realization on a face has exceeded by 8 %.the last year's indexes "In time not only an competition will be noticeable, but also a competition of domestic producers", - marks V.Lapa. RBC-Ukraine

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HONOURABLE DISTINCTIONS FOR WORK SAFETY

On April, 30th honourable distinctions were handed to a number of Odesa port workers by the Fund of social insurance from accidents at the place of production and occupational diseases in the Odesa region.

The representative of the Fund Gennady Kazeratsky has handed over to general manager of the port of Odesa port Nikolay Pavlyuk the diploma for the first place in the inspectional competition on the best organization of work safety among the enterprises of marine-economic complex . The awarded by the Fund are the workers of the Odesa port: Valentin Danilko, Gennady Zhukov, Nikolay Makovetsky, Zhanna Putienko, Leonid Senko.

The competition was held by social insurance Fund together with regional trade union, federation of employers. On its results, the work directed to improvement of working conditions, traumatism decrease, is recognized as the most effective in SE OCSP and the port of Yuzhny.

As has noted G.Kazeratsky, the Odesa port, which are successively consistently reducing level of a traumatism, is one of the major donors of the Fund of social insurance where deductions from all enterprises of the marine-economic complex are accumulated.

V.VOLYANSKY, newspaper «Odesa port worker».

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