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USPA will carry out operational dredging on the Approach channel of Odesa port internally

Yesterday, April 15, 2020, in the afternoon, the dredging convoy ‘Rion’, owned by the Delta-Pilot branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (the SE ‘USPA’), redeployed to the port of Odesa. The convoy consists of three watercraft: the multi-bucket dredging convoy ‘Rion’, the dump diesel scow ‘Krymskaya-9’, and the tug-anchor handler “MZ-318”. These watercrafts will be used to perform operational dredging in several sections of the water area. It was reported by the Hydraulic structures and major construction department (HSMCD) of the Odesa branch of SE ‘USPA’.


‘Dredging convoy will carry out work on the 2nd bend of the port approach channel, on the communication section of the 1st and 2nd bends, and in the water area of ​​Oil harbor’, Alexander Vargin, HSMCD engineer, says. ‘To restore the passport depths (14.0 meters from ‘0’ of Odesa sea port) at these facilities, the dredger must raise more than 43 thousand cu. m of soil from the bottom. The work is scheduled to be completed by May 31 this year. During the dredging, the Vessel Traffic Regulation Service ‘Odessa’ will monitor the safety of navigation at the Approach Canal and in the Oil harbor, and the work will also be managed by the Harbor master service and the Main port dispatching office, in accordance with the current ‘Compulsory regulations for Odesa sea port’.


Last week, the informative resource of the SE ‘USPA’ reported that the total volume of operational dredging of sea ports and channels carried out by the in-house fleet of Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and contracting organizations commissioned by the SE ‘USPA’ in the 1st quarter of this year exceeded 2 million cu. m of soil. The work was carried out at the Deep water midchannel ‘Danube-Black Sea’ State Port Authority, the Bug-Dnieper-Estuary and Kherson Sea channels, as well as at the approach channels of Mariupol, Berdyansk and Belgorod-Dniester ports.


‘The operational dredging is accompanied by measures of continuous comprehensive environmental monitoring of the impact on the environment and payments to the appropriate budgets for compensation of water and fish resources’, USPA noted in the statement.


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Port of Odesa lit ‘eternal flame’ in honor of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the city from Nazi invaders

Due to the quarantine declared in Ukraine, the traditional rally in honor of the next anniversary of the city liberation from German-Romanian occupation on April 10, 1944, was canceled for the first time in many decades in Odesa port. At the same time, the enterprise celebrated the memory of the feat of liberators at, as before, by the lighting of the ‘eternal flame’ and the laying of flowers at the foot of the sculptural composition ‘To the lost port workers’. The event was attended by Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of the Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’, and Vladimir Zaikov, the chairman of the Trade Union of Odesa port.


‘On March 26, 1944, the Odesa operation began. On the 27th, the troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front crossed the Yuzhniy Bug River, and have already attacked the enemy on the outskirts of Odesa on the night of April 10. With the help of the partisans, at 10 am the city was liberated from the Nazis ... Why should we remember this day? In order not to forget the 907 days of occupation, when 82 thousand people died and 78 thousand inhabitants of Odesa were sent to forced labor in Germany’, R. Sakhautdinov said in his speech at the flower laying ceremony.


According to archival sources, during the hostilities in 1941-44. 33 of 38 OSCP berths were bombed and blown up, the enterprise’s infrastructure was damaged by 218 million then rubles. Allied experts who had examined the port for the possibility of its restoration to accept the fleet, concluded that it would take at least five years. But, the inhabitants of the coastal city did the impossible: they raised the enterprise from ruins in 5 months.


The main burden of the workload during this period fell on the shoulders of women, who constituted the majority in the first recruitment after the occupation (2200 people as of May 1944). The teams of loaders, builders, and general laborers were formed from the women.


On October 7, 1944, Odesa port accepted for unloading a caravan composed of three merchant ships: Kalinin, Dimitrov, Anatoliy Serov. Since February 1945, the port has already accepted caravans of American ships with Lend-Lease cargo.


In the summer of 1970, on the Odesa Customs Square, opposite the OSCP management building, a monument to port workers who died during World War II was inaugurated. At the turn of the 2000s, the sculptural composition was supplemented with a bronze wreath with ‘eternal flame’, which is lit twice a year: on April 10 and May 9.


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Due to an increase in coronavirus cases, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is intensifying the quarantine measures introduced before April 24 throughout the country. Since April 6, the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers forbids in Ukraine:

- to stay in public places without a mask or respirator;

- to leave the observation points (isolation);

- to be on the street without identification documents;

- to move in groups of more than two persons, except in cases of emergency and accompanying children;

- to stay in public places for persons under 14 years of age, unaccompanied by adults;

- to visit parks, squares, recreation areas, forest, parks and coastal areas, except for walking pets for one person and in case of emergency;

- to visit athletic fields and playgrounds;

- to visit palliative care institutions, social protection institutions, and institutions providing social services.


Persons crossing the state border are subject to mandatory 14-day observation (except for diplomats, members of international organizations, truck drivers, crew members of aircraft and ships, unless there is reason to believe that they have been in contact with a sick person).



2020: The worries and hopes of the Black Sea cruise industry

According to all forecasts, after an almost three-year absence of ‘white ships’, 2020 was supposed to be a breakthrough in cruise shipping of the Black Sea region and, in particular, Odesa port. Preliminary applications shows that Odesa port expected 11 calls of cruise liners. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made adjustments. The first vessel MS Albatros owned by the German company Phoenix Reisen, which was supposed to call at the port of Odesa on May 4, canceled the ship call. The company suspended all operations until May 11 of this year. The second cruise company Aegean Experience Maritime Company, whose ship Aegean Odyssey planned to visit Odesa port on May 10, has to suspend all routes until the end of May.


The cruise industry is very sensitive to any political and geopolitical changes. But, no one expected the world to be gripped by a terrible infection. The cruise business was one of the first to react to this. The current situation began with a drop in demand for all types of vouchers, revision of routes by cruise companies: ship calls to the Asian region, then to Italian ports were excluded. But, these measures were not enough soon, and then the massive closure of the cruise lines began.


The Princess Cruises company was one of the first to suffer, which had to quarantine 2 vessels: the Diamond Princess liner anchored in Japan for more than 2 weeks. The whole world was anxiously watching this vessel. Then the second vessel, Grand Princess was on demurrage at the coast of California, when the first cases were revealed on board.


The Princess Cruises immediately took measures and, since March 12, completely stopped all routes for 2 months. A similar tactic was applied by other world cruise market players. For example, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara have ceased operations worldwide since March 13th. These world-famous cruise companies plan to resume operations on May 12, 2020. Costa Cruises cease operations around the world until April 30. Fred Olsen Cruise Line stopped all ocean cruises until May 23. Silversea Cruises plans to return no earlier than May 13; TUI Cruises canceled all cruises until May 3.


Definitely, this whole difficult situation effected the cruise business in the countries of the Black Sea region. Strict quarantine measures have been introduced at every port to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.


‘For the restore of cruise shipping on the Black Sea, in 2018-2019, Odesa Sea Port Authority conducted a tremendous amount of work. In 2018, during the 52nd General Assembly of the MedCruise Association, the OB SE ‘USPA’ initiated the creation of the Black Sea working group, which included the ports of Constanta (Romania), Varna and Burgas (Bulgaria); a joint action plan was signed, and in October 2018, the first meeting of the Black Sea Working Group was held in Odesa. Representatives of the port authority took an active part in subsequent meetings of the working group, international exhibitions of the cruise industry Seatrade, meetings of the General Assembly; many complex negotiations were held with leading players of the cruise business etc. Unfortunately, all our efforts were crossed by the coronavirus that hit the world’, Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority said.


General Manager further noted that the nearest neighbors of Odesa also got refusals for cruise ship calls to ports. So, along with Odesa Romanian port of Constanta received cancellation of cruise ship calls in May this year. The port of Varna, which was preparing to receive Aegean Odyssey in May, also became a hostage of the circumstances. The Bulgarian port expects the next calls in July. Burgas will host the only cruise ship in October. In its turn, Istanbul, which was preparing to open the largest Galataport cruise terminal on the Black Sea coast in April, plans to postpone the launch of the project. In total, the new terminal of Turkey planned to be visited by 61 cruise ships. However, their number is gradually decreasing.


To conclude on a positive note, it should be said that the German company Phoenix Reisen plans two more calls of the MS Amera ship on June 11 and September 9. We hope that these calls will take place. Besides, MS Amera was the first sign that visited the port of Odesa on October 30, 2019, after almost two years of international cruise ships absence. In addition, there is hope that on October 15, the ship Aegean Odyssey will visit the port of Odesa. Other declared vessels are expected to call at the Odesa port in July-October.


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Odesa port and stevedores help fight coronavirus

These days, news of the Odesa Port Stevedoring Association reminds of reports from the front. The Association has been actively involved in the work of the regional COVID-19 Coronavirus Staff. So, in the second half of March, several million were transferred to equip hospitals and to purchase protective suits for ambulance crews and medical staff. Port workers coordinate their humanitarian activities with the largest in the Ukraine volunteer organization "Monster Corporation" (recognized by UNISEF) and with the aforementioned Staff, which promptly receives up-to-date information on the needs of hospitals in the city and region, ambulance stations, etc.


‘The personnel of Brooklyn Kiev and its president Yuriy Gubankov were one of the first to respond to the staff's call: the company purchased 40 thousand respirators worth about 3 mln’, Svetlana Yarova, a representative of the Odesa Port Stevedoring Association, commented. ‘Today, Brooklyn is providing transportation assistance to the City Staff on an ongoing basis. On March 30, 2020, Brooklyn Kiev purchased 500 faceshields with 10 interchangeable displays. The total cost is 240 thousand UAH. 300 masks were transferred to Vodnikov Hospital, 200 masks went to Chornomorsk. Now, at the request of Vodnikov Hospital, the company purchases containers for disinfection of protective suits and a batch of disinfection carpets. Besides, the companies ‘Container Terminal Odessa’ and ‘Novotech Terminal’ paid 2.5 million UAH for the purchase of another 50.4 thousand respirators for maternity hospital No. 5, city clinical hospital No.1, regional, infectious and pediatric regional hospitals. Other port stevedoring companies are also considering further participation in the project.


I would like to add that the stevedoring Association continues to work actively within the COVID-19 world action to combat the coronavirus - Stay Home! This work is aimed at social support of Odesa port veterans who were the first to enter the risk zone and were forced to self-isolate in their apartments. To date, the port's veteran organization has about 1,000 people. Food kits, which Odesa port workers carry around the homes of pensioners, are purchased.


O.GIREYEVA, a coordinator of the ‘Stay home!’ project from the Odesa Port Stevedoring Association




Odesa port moored the first tanker of this year with American oil to the berth

Today, on March 25, 2020, a tanker with 80.5 thousand tons of Bakken grade oil was delivered to the port 2H berth. According to media, on February 27, this year the vessel Minerva Kythnos (L = 249 m, the flag of Greece) was loaded at Port Neches (USA, Texas). The cargo is intended for processing at the Ukrainian enterprise, the Kremenchug refinery.


M/v Minerva Kythnos with the first batch of American oil this year was brought to the Oil Harbor in rather difficult weather conditions (northeast wind up to 10 m/s) by Alexander Shadrin - senior pilot of the PPS ‘Odessa’ of the branch ‘Delta-Lotsman’ of the SE ‘USPA’.


According to the main dispatch office of the Odesa branch of the SE ‘USPA’ (the OB SE ‘USPA’), at the end of this month, another oil tanker is expected to call with Azerbaijani oil. The Sea Jaguar vessel (L = 250 m, the flag of the Marshall Islands) with 83.7 thousand tons of Azeri Light oil was loaded last week in the Turkish port of Ceyhan.


‘For port workers, it is important that every batch of crude oil entering Ukraine comes to the Ukrainian refinery, this is an additional argument for maintaining the competitiveness of the domestic producer’, Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of the OB SE ‘USPA’ says. ‘Ukrainian refineries process mainly raw materials mined in Ukraine. If it is not enough, the plants are additionally loaded with imported oil. In 2019, for example, shale oil was first purchased in the United States. In total, Odesa port accepted three tankers shipments of American oil with a total volume of 250 thousand tons last year. We hope that this year the volume of this particular cargo flow will not be lower than last year ...


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Labor protection training was conducted for the senior staff of Ukrainian ports at Odesa port

The commission of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine with the participation of representatives of the Main Directorate of State Labour Service of Ukraine in the Odesa region and trade unions conducted a test of knowledge of the management of a number of Ukrainian ports on labor protection at Odesa port. This event completed a week-long training course, which was carried out on the basis of the Odesa branch of SE ‘USPA’.


Training on labor protection was being held from March 2-6 under the auspices of the industry training center on sea and river transport. The classes involved leaders and officials of the Odesa, Black Sea, Belgorod-Dniester and Ust-Danube branches of SE ‘USPA’, the Main Representative Office of SE ‘USPA’, the SE ‘Odesa Port’ and the Mariupol Sea Commercial Port, 22 people in total.

Particular attention was paid to legislative innovations and European experience in the field of labor safety. The classes were conducted under the guidance of V. Urodlivchenko, the director of the industry training center, with the involvement of specialists from the Odesa and Black Sea branches of SE ‘USPA’, employees of the Main Directorate of State Labour Service of Ukraine in the Odesa region.


Everyone who completed the training passed the exam successfully.

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‘Our hearts belong to you all year long!’ Odesa sea port Authority welcomed the fair half of the team with the upcoming women's holiday (PHOTO)

Today, March 6, 2020, in the morning, activists of the Youth Organization of the enterprise met women at the port central pedestrian checkpoint and presented each a heart-shaped candy.


At 10.30, the conference hall of the main office of the Odesa branch of the State ‘Ukrainian Sea p;orts Authority’ (the OB SE ‘USPA’), held a celebration on the occasion of International Women's Day, the 8th of March. Head of the port Authority Ruslan Sakhautdinov, Honorary President of the port, Hero of Ukraine Nikolai Pavlyuk, chairman of the Port Trade Union Vladimir Zaikov addressed kind words to the fair half of the team. A number of employees of the SE ‘USPA’ were given Honorary Certificates of Head of the port Authority and departmental awards for their high professionalism and conscientious performance of official duties.


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Odesa port and the Vorontsov lighthouse are officially recognized as tourist sites

February 21, the city library No.2 named after K. Paustovsky held a meeting dedicated to World Tour Guide Day. At the event, specialists of Odesa Sea Port Authority were presented a sightseeing bus tour around Odesa port and an excursion to the Vorontsov lighthouse – ‘The Lightkeeper’s Trail’, which celebrates the 10th anniversary season this year.


The Odesa tourist information center of the Department of Culture and Tourism of the Odesa City Council invited the guides of the city’s travel agencies to celebrate the professional holiday. The event was informative, allowing the guides to replenish their knowledge of the history and modernity of the city.










Container Terminal Odessa: more than 20 million euros investments, expansion of space, technical re-equipment and a new free web service

On February 16, the SYMPHONIY SEA vessel, which arrived from the port of Fenit (Ireland), moored at berth No. 2-k of the Quarantine pier. It delivered 4 rubber-tyred RTG container cranes to Odesa port manufactured by LIEBHERR for the SE Container Terminal Odessa (CTO).


The cranes arrived disassembled, and after installation will be set up at the new warehouse area of the Quarantine pier, which is part of the 4th start-up complex. The complex, which construction began in 2018, will be equipped with six strips for storage and handling of containers with RTG rear loading cranes. The 4th launch complex is planned to be commissioned this autumn.


‘The investments for the purchase of new equipment amounted to more than 6 million euros. The need for these investments is due to the annual growth in the volume of container handling achieved by our company. The new LIEBHERR cranes have a number of technical advantages aimed at lowering operating costs, as well as being more environmentally sound due to more modern engines. This year we are acquiring two new reach stackers and a forklift’, Anastas Kokkin, general director of the subsidiary ‘CTO’ said.


According to Svetlana Yarovaia, the vice president of socio-political relations, ambassador of the municipality of Hamburg in Ukraine, the parent company HHLA has invested in its development and technical equipment since the beginning of the establishment of the stevedoring company in Odesa port.


‘For 19 years during which our company operates in Odesa port, the management of the HHLA Holding has done everything to ensure that CTO subsidiary is the leader of the Ukrainian container market. Total investments in development amounted to more than 170 million euros. The lion's share of this investment goes to the Quarantine mole project, which will ultimately fulfill our long-held dream of transshipping more than 1 million TEU annually. Our company shows how German investments work on the image of Odesa port and help strengthen the Ukrainian economy. This is a signal for potential investors that investing in our country is beneficial’, S. Yarovaya noted.


‘The SE ‘CTO’ is one of the long-standing and reliable partners of the Odesa port,’ Ruslan Sakhautdinov, General Manager of the OB SE ‘USPA’ said. ‘Our cooperation is important in any aspect. First of all, cooperation, built on a mutually beneficial basis, is fastened together by the joint implementation of Quarantine pier, one of the largest projects in the maritime industry of Ukraine. The company does not only fulfills its investment obligations but also constantly introduces the latest technologies, including IT-technologies. As a result, the investments made in the development of the SE ‘CTO’ are a real contribution to the Ukrainian economy. Replenishing the machinery park, the company increases the intensity of fleet processing and contributes to the growth of port cargo turnover. Consequently, revenues and deductions to the state budget will increase.


Being the leader of the Ukrainian container market, the SE ‘CTO’ is constantly increasing the transshipment of containers and other general cargoes. According to Igor Yarovenko, Executive Director for Commerce, for the first month of 2020, the team processed 34.023 thousand TEU, which is 25% more than in January 2019.


‘The company is constantly developing, getting technically equipped, introducing the most modern technologies. Since February 18, SE ‘CTO’ together with Odesa Sea Port Authority has been providing its customers with a new free service. For a phased transition to electronic document flow, we are introducing a high-tech web portal that provides for the preparation of electronic documents in advance for entry into the territory of Odesa port and an acceptance certificate for importing the container to the terminal. the innovation will already optimize the workflow and reduce the time for issuing motor transport with export and empty containers that go to the terminal of the SE ‘CTO’ at this stage’, I. Yarovenko informed.




Odesa port honored veterans of the war in Afghanistan and other local conflicts

February 14, on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, port employees were invited to the main office of Odesa Sea Port Authority - participants of the Afghan war and other local conflicts.


General Manager of Odesa Sea Port expressed deep respect to those who passed the test of the war, thanked the veterans for their active citizenship, and highly appreciated their labor input to the economy of the port and its development.


‘This memorable date, which ended the epic of the war in Afghanistan, exists for us to truly appreciate the world,’ R. Sakhautdinov noted.


A number of port employees, participants in hostilities in Afghanistan and other conflicts were presented with awards of the Ukrainian Union of Afghanistan Veterans, Certificates of honor of General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority. Vladimir Zaykov was also awarded the medal of the Ukrainian Union of Afghanistan Veterans ‘For Unbroken Spirit’. Thus, the full support of the veteran movement from the Trade Union of Odesa port was noted.


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