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There isn't room to swing a cat at Passenger Terminal: Odesa celebrates the Day of the Navy Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (photo report)

July 7, 2019 Ukraine celebrates the Day of the Navy Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Since 2014, the main events of the festival have taken place at the Passenger Terminal and in the Cabotage harbor of the Odesa sea port. Today it accepts the ships and boats of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine led by the flagship Hetman Sagaydachny and a group of NATO ships from the squadron, which is on permanent alert in the Mediterranean. The samples of the military equipment and weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are also exhibited on the berth No. 20 of the passenger terminal.


At 9:00 am, President of Ukraine-Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and Acting Minister of Defense, Army General Stepan Poltorak, attended the ceremony of raising the State Flag of Ukraine, the Naval Flag of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the masthead flags and the signal flags. The honored guests were met by Admiral Igor Voronchenko, the Commander of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


V. Zelensky began his speech with an appeal to hold a moment of silence in memory of the senior sailor Sergey Mayboroda and Sergeant Irina Shevchenko, the medical marines who died because of an enemy shelling of an ambulance car on July 1 in the Donbass.


Then, the President congratulated the personnel of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, expressed sincere gratitude to all participants of the multinational military exercises Sea Breeze 2019 for their assistance in improving combat skills and the level of combat coordination of multinational units.


Particularly, Head of state referred to the servicemen captured by Russians on November 25, 2018 during a planned transfer from Odesa to Mariupol of a naval group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of the tug Yani Kapu and two boats, Berdyansk and Nikopol.


‘Today, the families of our captured sailors are here, and I bow for your courage and stamina... Trust me, we work day and night to bring our sailors home. And I personally do everything to turn the words about the return into cuddles with your children,’ V. Zelensky said.


During the events at Passenger Terminal, the ceremonies were assigned to two newly built assault-landing crafts named Stanislav and Malіn, the 36th Separate Marine Brigade of the Naval Forces named after Rear Admiral Mikhail Belinsky, and the Naval Lyceum named after Admiral Vladimir Bezkoroiniy.


After the official part, the guests were shown the capabilities of naval aviation. Su-25, An-26 aircrafts, Mi-8 and Mi-14 helicopters in combat formations flew over the port area; paratroopers parachuted from the An-26 aircraft onto the mirror of the Cabotage harbor; the Ka-226 crew demonstrated actions to rescue and evacuate a victim from water surface.


Traditionally, the ship took the sea to lay wreaths on water in memory of fallen sailors.


Festive events on the occasion of the Day of the Navy Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue: from 11 am to 20 pm, ships, crafts and military equipment are open to the public. After sunset, you can admire the spectacular illumination on warships.


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ODESA NAVY WEEK: two destroyers and three frigates moored alongside the port berths (PHOTO REPORT)

The first half of the day, 07/04/2019, was challenging for pilots and tugboats: from 7 am to 1 pm they delivered and moored 4 warships, 2 container ships and one river-sea cruise liner to the berths. The total length of the hulls of this flotilla is 1180 meters; it took more than a mile and a half of the berthing front to deploy all the ships.


Thus, between 10 am and 12 pm, 4 ships participating in the Sea Breeze 2019 multinational naval exercises were delivered into the coastal harbor: the British destroyer D37 Duncan and three frigates - Toronto (Canadian Navy), Turgutreis (Turkish Navy) and Regele Ferdinand (Romanian Navy).


After 3 pm, the American guided missile destroyer Carney was delivered to the berth from the outside of the Quarantine pier.


The flagship of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine frigate Getman Sagaydachniy is expected to join the above-mentioned group of ships in the near future.


According to the press service of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, tomorrow, on July 5, within the framework of the Sea Breeze exercise, the Sea Component Media Day event will take place at berth №20 of the Passenger Terminal. In particular, the military will provide journalists with the opportunity to visit Ukrainian ships and capture the most vivid moments of anti-sabotage drills on photos and television cameras (advancing to the object (ship), conducting boarding actions, taking the ship under control).


The main events of the Odesa Navy Week (C) will be held at the Passenger Terminal on July 7, the Day of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Since today and until Sunday evening, a large number of visitors are expected at the Passenger Terminal so the military and the police have taken increased security measures.


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Odesa port was awarded the prestigious award of the Mediterranean cruise community

On June 25, as part of the traditional Shipping Week in Genoa, there was the first ceremony of the Mare Nostrum MedCruise Awards, an international award for shipping lines, ports, travel agents and tour operators, industry media, and others that made a significant contribution to the development of the cruise industry in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. The ceremony took place in one of the most beautiful buildings of the Italian city, Palazzo Doria-Tursi, built in the 16th century, which has been the headquarters of the municipality of Genoa.


Selection of nominees, the voting procedure and the award ceremony for the winners of the rating were organized by the world's largest Association of cruise shipping ports in the Mediterranean and adjacent seas, MedCruise, together with the port authorities of Genoa and Savona and the editors of Grimaldi Magazine Mare Nostrum.


Winners in 19 nominations were selected for the first awards ceremony of the Mediterranean Cruise Oscar for achievements in 2018, when the number of cruise tourists in the region exceeded 25 million. The title of laureate in the nomination ‘The Best Port of the Black Sea Region’ was awarded to the port of Odesa by a panel of authoritative jury.


Igor Tkachuk, the General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority, called the victory in the rating ‘reward for resistance’.


‘You know that in recent years, due to the geopolitical reasons, the number of cruise ship calls to Odesa Sea Port under foreign flag has begun to decline rapidly and last year this figure dropped to zero,” I. Tkachuk comments. - But all these years we have not given up and have made efforts to return the white ships to the Black Sea. First of all, this is a systematic work within the MedCruise Association. Twice a year, our representatives hold a series of meetings and talks with cruise companies during the Association's General Assemblies. We also provide the promotion of the tourist brand of Ukraine at the main international cruise forum Seatrade Cruise Global. Furthermore, the Odesa Sea Port Authority took the initiative to create an international working group of the representatives of the Black Sea cruise ports, which is actively working with cruise companies and others, informing them about the development of cruise infrastructure in the region, the safety situation and so on. The reward we received in Genoa is essentially the support of our work and at the same time, it is a signal to the market that the situation in the region has stabilized and cruise companies can include Ukrainian ports to the itinerary plan…

In order to confirm his words about the stabilization of the safety situation, I. Tkachuk gave two figures: by 2020, Odesa Sea Port had already received 11 requests for ship calls of cruise liners under a foreign flag and 8 applications had been received for the 2021 season.


Receiving the Mare Nostrum Award in one of the most beautiful ceremonial halls of Genoa, Ruslan Sakhautdinov, Deputy General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority, warmly thanked the President of the MedCruise Association, Mr. Airam Diaz Pastor, and the Secretary General of the Association, Mr. Jordi Caballe, for supporting the efforts of the Black Sea ports to restore cruise shipping in the region. This support, in particular, was expressed by the organization of international conferences MedCruise Black Sea Working Group Meeting, which were held in October last year in Odesa and in February of this year in Constanta, Romania.


In April of this year, at the exhibition-conference Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami (USA), also with the support of MedCruise, the ports of Odesa, Constanta, Varna and Burgas jointly presented the tourist potential of the northwestern part of the Black Sea region.


At the end of his speech, a representative of Odesa Sea Port Authority said words of gratitude to the cruise companies that return to the Black Sea and expressed appreciation to journalists from specialized media who objectively cover the situation in the Black Sea region. The words of gratitude for the warm welcome were also addressed to the municipality of Genoa, the Italian city, which Odessa has been linked with by ties of fraternal relations since 1957.



The Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports and adjacent seas MedCruise was founded in 1996. Today it is the world's largest association of ports, shipping companies, tour operators and other structures operating in the cruise tourism industry. This brand comprises more than 70 ports of the Mediterranean, Black and Red Seas, the Middle Atlantic and 35 international corporations (107 members in total). The port of Odessa renewed its membership in the Association in 2008.

Palazzo Doria-Tursi (Palazzo Niccolo Grimaldi) was one of three palaces, the apartments of which were provided only to the most high-ranking guests of Genoa, who came with official visits, the popes, kings and emperors. The building is located in the center of Genoa at Via Garibaldi, 9. 2006, in July, this palace, along with another 41st palazzo, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List (Wikipedia).


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The berths of the Passenger Terminal of Odesa Port are 100% docked; from the beginning of the Sea Breeze exercises, they are expected to be ‘a full house’ (photo)

In port of Odesa is watching ‘high season’ of passenger traffic. Several companies operating 12 vessels with a capacity from 24 to 250 people invite the citizens to join the pleasure trips from the berths of the passenger terminal. From the beginning of navigation until the end of May, they carried out almost 65,000 passenger operations. This was reported by Odesa branch of Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (OB SE USPA).


‘In general, all six berths of the New pier and the Cabotage mole, which belong to the Passenger Terminal, are being docked all the year,’ Oleg Klymenko, the head of the Passenger Terminal said. - In addition, there are pleasure boats and tugs of four towing companies here, which came to us after demonopolization by the Law on Ports of the Tug Services Market. Traditionally, Passenger Terminal is the area for floating cranes and tugboats of companies engaged in offshore cargo transshipment. As for the reconstructed berths No. 16-17, so called the ‘sea façade’ of Odesa, which are traditionally reserved for servicing a large cruise fleet, they also operate with a maximum utilization rate. In the spring, the dredging fleet was based here, the cruise river-liners Viking-Sineus and Princess of the Dnieper are moored now. In one and a half week, they will be hauled with watercrafts to free up the space for accepting ships participating in the international military exercises Sea Breeze 2019.’


According to O. Klimenko, for the period of Sea Breeze, a ‘full house’ is expected at the Passenger Terminal, the entire mooring front from the Cabotage harbor will be cleared for the deploying of naval ships of Ukraine, Great Britain, Canada, Turkey and Romania. Due to the exercises, all passenger boats, tugboats and floating cranes will be provided with a place for temporary dislocation in other port harbors.


Press Service of Odesa Sea Port Authority








Seamen`s City: a maritime educational forum is held in the port of Odesa, the students of the maritime university visited the lighthouse

Odesa is reviving the former glory of the “city of captains”, regularly supplying the country's fleet and shipping companies around the world with qualified personnel. Another confirmation was yesterday opening of the VII International Forum and the exhibition ‘Education, Training and Employment of Seamen at the passenger terminal.’ More than 180 delegates representing 100 organizations and companies from 25 countries: Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany ... Ukraine took part in the 2-day program of forum events. They include international associations, maritime educational institutions, training centers, shipping and crewing companies and developers of marine simulators, software and equipment.


On the opening day of the forum, June 5, under the auspices of the Youth Organization of the Port of Odesa (YOPO), an introductory excursion to the Vorontsov lighthouse was organized for the finalists of the ‘Miss and Mr. of ONMU’ contest (Odesa National Maritime University). According to the leader of the YOPO, Olga Galajyan, sunny and calm weather promoted a safe walk along the legendary Raid mole. Tatyana Yakovleva, an experienced guide, fascinatingly told students about the life of the port and the history of its hydraulic structures. The dolphins playing at the lighthouse added some delight to the overall emotional effect.


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Port of Odesa holds the traditional exhibition “InterTransport”

On May 29, the 18th International Transport Exhibition “InterTransport” and the X Specialized Exposition “AgroLogistics” were officially conducted in the large hall of the Odesa Passenger Terminal. Today, it is the only international exhibition of transport and logistics in the country.


The current event, which is traditionally held as a part of International Transport Week in Ukraine, gathered about 100 companies from 8 countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands.


Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Raivis Veckagans, Acting CEO of SE “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority” (USPA), underscored that this event supported by USPA for a second year and was a good platform for communication between representatives of government agencies and businesses engaged in the transport industry.


‘The exhibition and all the events that take place during International Transport Week are the main events not only for the maritime industry of Ukraine. It attracts the attention of our foreign partners. In the last week of May, the leaders of the maritime economic complex, state-owned enterprises and businesses are able to come together to decide how to develop in the future,’ emphasized R. Veckagans.


According to the complimentary speech of Igor Tkachuk, General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority, port of Odesa has hosted the “InterTransport” exhibition for 18 consecutive years.


‘This event takes place regardless of any political events or changes which take place in the country. The exhibition is always expected by our colleagues from the domestic ports, as well as business representatives, foreign guests, because mutually beneficial contracts are concluded, negotiations are held, new business contacts are present here. Our port does everything to ensure that all exhibitors are comfortable and convenient. I can say that next year the exhibition will be held in the new hall, which is being renovated now.’ I. Tkachuk assured.


The complimentary speeches were also given by Volodymyr Homanets, Head of Economic Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Theodor Andreev, Project Manager of Transport Sector of EU Delegation in Ukraine, Oleksandr Lesnik, Executive Manager of Ukrport Association, Head of Ukrvneshtrans Forwarding Association, Oleg Platonov, Vice President of FIATA.


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"Princess Dnipro" called at the port of Odessa a day ahead of the schedule and was welcomed with the orchestra

At the sea port of Odessa you can observe an unusual picture: two awesome cruise riverboat ships are moored on one berth with pilothouses to each other. The first liner, the m/v “Vіkіng Sіneus”, has been in the harbor since May 24. The second one of the same type “Princess Dnipro” has entered the port today, May 28. The tourists from the "Princess Dnipro" were welcomed with incendiary brass band music.


According to the company that performs the functions of a travel agent, the m/v "Princess Dnipro" entered the port of Odessa a day ahead of the schedule.


“It is the storm warning for the Vilkovo region what influenced the schedule,” explained Konstantin Lichikaki, the director of the company London Sky. – Due to this fact, the cruise route was slightly corrected. The ship went to Odessa, avoiding Kiliia.


The director of the company stated that the liner “Princess Dnipro” is currently making the first voyage in the navigation of 2019 on the route “Kiev – Dnepropetrovsk – Zaporozhye – Kherson – Kiliia – Odessa”. The citizens of Norway, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Israel are dominated tourists among the passengers. There are 227 tourists in total.

- This is close to the maximum capacity of the vessel (240 people) which indicates the growing popularity of the cruise, - said K. Lichikaki. - There are also no problems with the occupancy of the following Princess cruises. In total 10 cruises are planned for the current season on the route between Kiev and Kiliia.


The change in schedule caused by the weather will not affect the cultural program for the Princess passengers. They will go to Kiliia by buses. Then they will have a tour of Odessa, visit the play at the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater and go to the trip to Belgorod-Dniester Fortress. The motor vessel moorage in the Odessa port will continue until May 31.


Press Service of the Odessa Sea Port Authority








The 2019 cruise season in the port of Odessa started with the visit of the world's largest operator of river cruise ships (photo-report)

Today, May 24, at 9:00 am, VIKING SINEUS, the passenger ship with the tourists on board, has moored at the berth of the Odessa Port Passenger Terminal. The river-sea type liner performs the first Dnieper-Black Sea cruise in this season. The ship arrived in the sea capital of Ukraine with 187 passengers. All of them are the US citizens. In the morning, the tourists went on a sightseeing bus tour “Panorama of Odessa”, an excursion “Odessa Catacombs” is planned for the afternoon, and in the evening, the tourists will enjoy an eventful cultural program.


Igor Tkachuk, the head of the port Authority stated: ‘The ship has called and moored exactly as scheduled – right on time. We regard this as a good sign for the entire season of servicing river liners. This year, two motor vessels, the Viking Sineus and the Princess of the Dnieper are sailing on the Dnieper-Black sea cruise routes. According to the schedule, we are going to serve 15 ship calls from May till September. This is the level of the last year’.


According to unofficial information, the representatives of the Viking Cruises company in Basel (Switzerland) have arrived to Odessa together with tourists on the VIKING SINEUS motor vessel. The purpose of their trip is a special inspection: to ensure that the standards of passenger service on the ship correspond to the high level of the company, as well as ‘to see through the tourists` eyes’ at the port service and the state of the tourist infrastructure in the city, etc.


Viking Cruises company was founded in 1997 as a river cruise operator in Europe. In the early 2000s, after actively entering the American market, it has received the status of the “Leading World River Cruise Line”. Today, Viking Сruises operates a huge fleet of 62 river and 6 ocean liners. The company's river cruises sail along the rivers of Europe, the Volga, the Dnieper, the Nile, the Yangtze and the Mekong. In particular, last season, the m/v VIKING SINEUS made 14 cruises along the Dnieper between Kiev and Odessa calling at Kherson, Zaporozhye, Dnieper and Kremenchug.











The port of Odesa: the visit of the British ship

On May 6, HMS Echo (H87), the ship of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, moored to the 18th berth of the passenger terminal of the port of Odesa.


HMS Echo is a survey ship designed for researching and hydrographic work to ensure the action of submarines and amphibious operations. Additionally, it can act as a platform for minesweeping.


H87 was introduced to the Navy in 2003. In December 2018, the ship had already visited the port of Odesa as part of a NATO mission to ensure freedom of navigation in the Black Sea.


According to the Chief Dispatching Office of the SE USPA, HMS Echo is going to be deployed in the port of Odesa until May 9.


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The Port of Odessa jointly with colleagues from the Black Sea Working Group presented the Black Sea region’s potential at the annual world-wide exhibition - conference dedicated to the cruise industry in Miami

According to the reports of Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (“OB SE USPA”), a working group of Black Sea ports established last year being interested in the revival of cruise shipping in the Black Sea, has already formed a united team to participate this year in one of the main events of the world's cruise industry - the annual Seatrade Cruise Global Exhibition, which usually takes place in Miami (USA). On April 8-11, at the exhibition, the opportunities for the development of the Black Sea cruise shipping were presented jointly by Odesa, Constanta, Varna and Burgas.


Ihor Tkachuk, the General manager of OB SE USPA’ stated that during the exhibition the representatives of the Odesa port managed to negotiate with top managers of leading cruise companies that until recently have directed their cruise ships routes to the north of the Bosporus and in particular to Odessa.


‘Our specialists met with the heads and managers of cruise route planning of  such well-known companies as American Royal Caribbean, Italian Costa Crosiere, British Noble Caledonia, startup cruise line - Virgin Voyages and some others,’ said I. Tkachuk. — These meetings showed the readiness of cruise market operators to include the Black Sea geographical segment in the Mediterranean cruises plans for 2020-2021 ... In general, the purpose of the exhibition participation of Ukrainians was to convince our partners of security of the Black Sea region for the ‘white steamers’ calls and to present the best tourist destinations features of the region.


As it was reported, last year on October 17, the Authority of Odesa sea port initiated an international conference «MedCruise Black Sea Working Group Meeting» in the Black Sea capital of Ukraine. The participants discussed the issues of the revival of cruise shipping to the Black Sea.


The meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Yuriy Lavrenyuk, acting CEO of the «USPA» Rayvis Vetskagans and Airam Diaz Pastor - the president of the world's biggest association of the Mediterranean and adjoining (including Black Sea) ports «MedCruise».


In addition,

 From 2007 to 2013 the number of cruise liners visiting the port of Odesa increased from 69 to 106 vessels for annual navigation. Since 2014 when Russia annexed the Crimea and warfare began in the Donbass, this rate has been falling steadily and reached zero in 2018. For the 2019 season two applications are submitted. Thus, on May 10, the AEGEAN ODYSSEY (LOA of 145 m, passenger capacity of 380 people, the flag of Malta) is going to open the cruise navigation in the port of Odessa. Almost half a year later, on October 30, the AMERA motor ship (LOA of 205 m, passenger capacity of 800 people, the flag of the Bahamas) is going to visit the sea capital of Ukraine. The mentioned vessels are operated by the Greek company Aegean Experience Maritime Co Ltd and the German Phoenix Reisen.


Press service of the Odessa Sea Port Authority 






The port of Odesa opened the ‘Checkpoint memory’ exhibition

Three days, from April 2 to 4 inclusive, the large hall of the Odesa passenger terminal will be hosting a mobile exhibition-museum ‘Checkpoint memory’ dedicated to the defenders of Ukraine who fell in the war with the Russian aggressor as well as ‘Homecoming’ - the art exhibition in support of Ukrainian seamen captured during the Kerch campaign in November 2018 and are still being kept in the Moscow detention center. This project is carried out with the support of the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).


The highlights of the Checkpoint memory exposition are the personal belongings of the dead soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, volunteer battalions, the National Guard of Ukraine, units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine.


Some of these things were brought from the scenes by ‘Evacuation 200’, volunteers of the humanitarian mission of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the other part of the museum was given by the families of the dead servicemen. The showcases are cartridge and shell boxes. The exhibition is decorated with photographs of Pavel Netesov, a volunteer of the project ‘Evacuation 200’. The exposition is also equipped with a video guide, which tells about the efforts of volunteers to find, identify and return home the bodies of the Ukrainian military who died in Donbas.


Besides, the visitors can see the ‘Book of Memory’ of the Fallen for Ukraine with biographies and photographs of 3,815 soldiers who died in the period from March 2014 to the end of January 2018.


The opening ceremony of the exhibitions took place this morning and was attended by Admiral Igor Voronchenko, Commander of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Igor Tkachuk, General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority, representatives of the regional public administration, the commanders of two NATO frigates of the Mediterranean Squadron, FHH333 Toronto and F81 Santa Maria moored to the berths of Odesa port yesterday, as well as the Head of the Search Department of the Civil and Military Cooperation Administration of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Vladislav Kravchenko, lieutenant-colonel, military chaplain, representatives of departments and services of the port, voluntary patriotic organizations, students of military lyceum of Odesa and journalists.


I. Tkachuk thanked the organizers of the project for choosing the passenger terminal as the venue for the exhibition.


‘I am sincerely grateful to the servicemen of the Armed Forces, the Navy for guarding our peace, borders and us, civilians going to work every day and not feeling the deadly danger, fear and pain of the frontline,’ said I. Tkachuk. ‘Our task is to support everyone and remember those who gave the most precious thing a person has — the life for our children to sleep peacefully. We must remember those who are captured, who returned wounded from the front (their life has also changed forever). I assure everyone present that the port of Odesa, the team of many thousands of specialists, will do everything possible to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Navy so that the military can do their service...’


The mobile exhibition-museum ‘Checkpoint memory’ has conducted since April 2016, when it was opened at the Kyiv Technical Lyceum. For three years, the exhibition has been held in all regions of Ukraine, as well as in Warsaw, Polish capital. According to the authors of the project, such mobile exhibitions should be opened everywhere where there are associations of parents and relatives of the victims and veteran organizations of combat sister cities. Their main goal is to educate the youth to become the patriotically motivated citizens responsible for the fate of their state.


Press Service of Odesa Sea Port Authority