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Port of Yuzhny: We have handed a project of a mutually profitable agreement to TIS, however still no reply
Jul 23 2009, 10:12
ODESA, JULY, 23rd, 2009, CONTEXT-PRICHERNOMORIE – GE Yuzhny Merchant Sea Port’s representatives state they have handed a project of a mutually profitable agreement to TIS, however still received no reply, Context-Prichernomorie correspondent reports.
Information-Analytical Department of the port informed the agency about it today, 23 July, commenting on the statement made by TIS press-service.
According to the port’s IA Department, “Berth No 21 of TIS was not included in the Code of Obligatory Decrees for the reason of TIS’s violation of the conditions provided by the Code of Obligatory Decrees (Art. 1.3).
There has existed certain experience of cooperation of the port with the owners of the berths based on the agreements providing mutually profitable conditions. In particular such an agreement was signed with Borivazh LTD whose Berth No 34 was added to the Code of Obligatory Decrees.
“Port of Yuzhny addressed such an agreement to TIS regulating mutually profitable cooperation between the companies 3 July, 2009 and for thesecond time 16 July, 2009. However TIS did not give any official response so far”, — they stressed at the IA Department.
The Department also explained, “The Obligatory Decress of Yuzhny Merchant Sea Port were developed and issues in compliance with Art. 78 of the Code of Maritime Navigation of Ukraine. In accordance with Art. 1.3 of the Code of the Obligatory Decrees, “If the necessity arises to add a berth to the Code of the Obligatory Decrees, the owner of the berth should apply the port with the proper application, adding the documents provided by Art. 12 of the Code of Maritime Navigation of Ukraine, Orders of the Minister of Transport and Communications of Ukraine dated 20.11.2003 No 906, 27.05.2005 No 257, and 12.05.2006 No 463.
In case the documents meet the requirements of the existing laws, and there are no financial claims between the port and the owner of the berth concerning projecting, construction, commissioning and other work in the port’s water area Head of the pro issues and Order to add the berth to Code of the Obligatory Decrees.
TIS applied the port, however did not acknowledge there were no financial claims.
As Context-Prichernomorie reported before, General Manager TIS Alexey Stavnitser stated instead of the reply saying berths No 21 and 22 equipped by the company had been included into the port’s structure Transinvestservice LTD received from the port of Yuzhny an offer very much resembling blackmailing, Context-Prichernomorie correspondent reports.
For over a week a Spanish vessel Scan Oceanic was reported to be in the roads, it would ship the portal crane meant for a new coal terminal. As TIS Chief Engineer, Vitaly Kovtitsky, stated the main reason for the ship’s detention (demurrage costing 30 thousand EUR daily) was “a strange unwillingness of the port’s management”, Yuriy Kruk in particular to add berths No 21 and 22 to the Code of Obligatory Decrees.
“The situation is no-win: there is a berth, all the documents are ready, but there is no license. Consequently mooring any ship to these berths hangs up in the air”, Mr. Kovtitsky stated.
General Manager TIS Alexey Stavnitser in his turn stated, he evaluated such actions on behalf of Yuzhny Port as “piracy”.
“We haven’t received any answer from the port so far, for that simple reason that there was no even formal possibility for a refusal, Mr. Kruk does not want to confess the availability of these two berths”, — Mr. Satvnitser stated, adding just a few days before instead of the reply the port’s management had “made an offer very much resembling blackmailing.”
In particular, as he states, the port’s representatives suggest adding the berths to the Code, only if TIS refutes any financial claims towards the port. At the moment these claims count to approximately 52 million UAH – this is partial compensation for dredging made by TIS in the Port’s water area. TIS’s investment in Berth No 21 that cannot operate owing to there is no formal coordination with the port, made 30 million EUR.
At that the terminal had been included into the Port’s Development Plan.
According to Director of the TIS terminal, Andrey Kuzmenko, “as of today this is the longest berth-line in Ukraine. There is no such a line either in Odesa or Illichivsk. It will let us operate the largest container ships capable of entering the Black Sea and passing through Bosporus. At presnt the limit is 310 metres. The Port of Odesa was built 200 years ago, the Port of Illichivsk – 60 years ago. Naturally, the ship sizes are quite different today. A modern ship needs over 450 metres of U-turn circle. There is no such a possibility either in Odesa or Illichivsk.”
Mr. Kuzmenko also said only over the first year of the terminal’s operation, 200 thousand TEU will be attracted in the port only in the turnover with Poland, which will increase total cargo flow through Ukraine more than 30 percent. The investors intend to equip this terminal with cranes having 55 metres outreach to be able to discharge container ships having up to 20 rows of containers breadthways that today even excels the capacity of the main rival – Port of Constanţa.
“A similar crane is onboard the vessel Scan Oceanic detained on the roads. 3 mooring cranes and 10 rare cranes for the container terminal yesterday entered the Cape of Good Hope and are now proceeding to TIS’s berths. The company’s management does not rule out the equipment may stick on the roads for the reason of unwillingness of the port’s authorities”, — they informed in the press-service.
INFORMATION: Yuzhny Merchant Sea Port is situated in the North-West area of the Black Sea, on the ice-free Adzhalykskiy Liman and is a cargo operation turnover leader (20 million 698 thousand 600 tons in 2005). Main transportation directions: the Black Sea and the Mediterranean basins, the USA, Latin America, Middle East, South-Eastern Asia. All cargo, storage and auxiliary operations are carried out in the port. There work specialized complexes in the port for operation of mineral fertilizers, liquid chemicals, export overload berths for general and bulk cargoes.
Transivestservice (TIS) is Ukraine’s largest terminal for bulk cargoes and is a transit gate to a greater part of south-east Russia and neighbour countries. It has a strategic location in relation to the Ukrainian hinterland. It is situated at the Adzhalykskiy Liman- 40 km south from the City of Odesa. The terminal is the gateway to the World market of 450 million consumers of grains, fertilizers, coals, ores, etc. More than 50 scheduled services link TIS with over 1000 ports worldwide. The company’s throughput in 2005 amounted to 5,3 million tones.
TIS is situated directly on the Black Sea. It is the deepest terminal of Ukraine, so the largest ocean-going vessels have unrestricted access around the clock, seven days a week. The port has a depth of 14 metres (47 feet) and never freezes. The terminal is most famous for rapid turnaround times. A lot of auxiliary services are provided too Due to the size of the operations, the terminal offers significant advantages of scale. TIS is investing all the time to attract new cargoes, expand and improve its service.
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