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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.

 

Background:

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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"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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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».

 

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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.

 

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Representatives of the port of Odesa took part in the Second Meeting of the «MedCruise» Working Group for the Black Sea Region

The MedCruise Black Sea Working Group Meeting was held last Friday on the 2nd of February at the headquarters of the National Company Maritime Ports administration S.A. Constanta. The meeting was attended by representatives of administrations of the ports Burgas, Varna, Odesa and Istanbul, as well as the general secretary of the MedCruise Association, Jordi Caballe.

 

According to the data of Odesa Sea Port Authority representatives (Odesa branch SE “USPA”), the participants discussed the status of implementation of the Action Plan for the Black Sea Ports, aimed at returning cruise tourism to the Black Sea region, under the Minutes of the first meeting of the working group, which took place in Odessa on the 17th of October, 2018. In particular, “participants focused on the marketing strategy of the ports for 2019-2021, new investments in the field of cruise tourism in the Black Sea Region, news announced by cruise companies to the Black Sea region”, etc. A separate issue on the agenda was the proposals of the parties to jointly participate in the most significant event of the international industry of sea travel - the annual exhibition and conference «Seatrade Cruise Global», which will traditionally be held this year in Miami, USA in April.

 

The Black Sea Working Group within the framework of the Association “Medcruise” was established relatively recently by the initiative of the port of Odesa, however, today we can discuss the first results of its activities, - commented Igor Tkachuk, general manager of Odesa branch of SE «USPA».

 

- Large passenger capacity cruise liners are already announcing their entry into the Black Sea in the upcoming three years. Thus, for 2019 the Greek and German cruise lines included Odesa in the cruise routes on the AEGEAN ODYSSEY and AMERA ships, in 2020 we expect 10 ship calls, in 2021 - 4 and up to now we have received one application for 2022. It should be noted that the cruise liners of world famous tour operators such as Phoenix Reisen, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises are returning to Odesa ...

 

Reference: MedCruise Mediterranean Cruise Ports Association 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. More than 70 ports of the Mediterranean, Black and Red Seas, the Middle Atlantic and 35 international companies (107 members in total) act under its name. The port of Odesa has resumed membership in this association since 2008.

 

Press Service of the Administration of the Odessa Sea Port

 

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MedCruise launches new Black Sea Working Group in Odessa

MedCruise launched a Working Group to promote cruising in the Black Sea at a meeting in Odessa today.

 

President Airam Diaz Pastor and recently elected MedCruise Black Sea director Teodor Patrichi together with the Ukrainian deputy minister of infrastructure, the acting head of Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, the deputy mayor of Odessa and the general manager of Odessa Port presented the new MedCruise Working Group following an Action Plan signed by the ports of Odessa, Varna, Constanta and Burgas during the 52nd MedCruise General Assembly held in Malta in May 2018.

 

This Action Plan highlights the absence of ocean-going cruise ships in the Black Sea in 2017 and the slow return of cruise activity in the region both in recent years and forward to the 2019-2020 cruise seasons.

 

Joint marketing strategy

By creating a unified brand and developing a joint marketing strategy, a plan will be implemented in the coming months to promote the Black Sea as a cruise destination.

‘The launch of this Working Group will have a positive impact on the regional cruise sector and it will bring new opportunities to all MedCruise members from the Black Sea – Port of Odessa, Port of Varna, Port of Constanta, Port of Burgas, Port of Trabzon and Port of Istanbul - as well as the cruise-industry-related-companies that operate in the region,’ Diaz pastor remarked.

 

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The black sea ports decided to join forces and signed the action plan for the nearest three years

Odesa Sea Port Authority put forward an initiative to reunite the Black Sea ports for the development of the joint touristic product for the cruise lines to be offered. This project, supported by MedCruise Black Sea Director Teodor Patrichi was submitted by the Deputy Chief of USPA Odessa branch – Ruslan Sakhautdinov and the Head of Cruise Infrastructure and External Relations Service – Oleh Fetisenko to the participants of the 52nd General Assembly of MedCruise that was held in Valetta (Malta).

 

The project was supported by the representatives of Constantza Port (Romania), Varna and Burgas (Bulgaria). As a result the working group was established, the participants of which have signed the Action plan for the nearest three years being certified by the President of MedCruise Airam Diaz Pastor. The plan includes elaborating a letter addressing the targeted cruise lines, which will announce that there are no negative impact events in the Black Sea that would affect the cruise vessels. Besides, this letter will state that the cruise infrastructure of the signing ports is ready to support any cruise vessel that would be able to enter the Black Sea. In 2020 -2021the cruise companies are planning to return to the Black Sea region.  

 

It should be reminded that the Black Sea region was the most affected by the war in the East of our country as well as by the situation in Turkey. As a result almost all the cruise calls were cancelled.

 

Nevertheless, despite the absence of cruise liners, Odessa Sea Port Authority has modernized the Marine station by refurbishing the inner premises, rebuilding the kinetic frontage which has no analogue in Ukraine. The passenger terminal provides a high level of security. Importantly, that in comparison with the last year the number of port calls of sea-river vessels has increased. This type of vessels is in demand with Americans, Germans, Swiss. As noted by the specialists, it’s a positive signal for the cruise calls renewal to the Port of Odessa.

 

- We initiated the integration of all the Black Sea Ports for the development of the joint touristic product enable to renew the cruise shipping in the Black Sea region. It has been shown that there is no profit for the cruise lines to call just into the Port of Odessa, they tend to call into several ports. Passengers, in turn, are interested in visiting not only Odessa but the whole region. Encouragingly, the representatives of Varna, Costantza and Burgas Ports have supported us. The joint document – Action plan was signed. Taking into account that our port was an initiator of joining forces of all the Black Sea ports, the document states that an organizational meeting will be held in Odessa in September 2018 in order to establish the program and to develop a mechanism for cooperation. – commented on the chief of Odessa Sea Port Authority Igor Tkachuk.

 

- The fact that the Black Sea region is interesting for the cruise lines, - noted R. Sakhautdinov indicates the decision of the Board of the Association that the 53rd MedCruise General Assembly, scheduled for 2021, will be held in Varna. Such an important event will take place in the cities of the Black Sea for the second time: in 2016 the 48th MedCruise General Assembly was held in Odessa.

 

REFERENCE. MedCruise is the largest association in the world, uniting the cruise ports of the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas, as well as companies that are policy makers on the cruise market. Every year MedCruise is enlarged with new members. So, according to the latest data for 2017, about the 15 ports were joined to the association.

 

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To attention of stakeholders!

Odesa Sea Port Authority has declared the purchasing of works for construction of №1 Berth by procedure to open a tender with publication in English.

 

In order to attract contracting construction organizations we announce that Odesa Sea Port Authority has declared the purchasing of works: The New construction of  №1 Berth for general cargoes at Androsivskyi Quay Pier with connection of the State Enterprise «Odesa Sea Trade Port» at the address: Mykola Gheft street, 3, Primorsky District, Odesa, Odesa branch of  the State Enterprise «Ukrainian Sea Port Authority» The final set of works according to the corrected working project (by the code DK 021: 2015 - 45000000-7 - Construction works and current repairs).

 

The details by link - https://prozorro.gov.ua/tender/UA-2017-10-09-000369-a/

 

The representatives of construction organizations interested in taking part in the project implementation are invited to the project presentation.

 

The presentation will take place on 10.11.2017 at 10:00 at the address: Odesa, Mytna Square 1, Administration Building No. 1

(Administration of the Odesa Sea Port Authority), 2nd floor, conference hall.

 

Applications for participation in the presentation are sent in the period up to 06.11.2017 inclusive till 12.00 at the following address: \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Специалисты Министерства инфраструктуры проверяли выучку пожарных Одесского порта

26 июля 2017 года, в Одесском порту состоялось проверочное пожарно-тактическое учение, в ходе которого портовые пожарные  ликвидировали условное возгорание на территории  резервуарного парка производственного комплекса ООО «ОППК», расположенного в тылу 39 причала. Мероприятие прошло в рамках плановой проверки состояния пожарной безопасности в Одесском филиале ГП «АМПУ» комиссией Министерства инфраструктуры Украины, возглавляемой начальником  отдела транспортной безопасности и гражданской защиты МИУ Андреем Ченчиком.

 

В ходе учения отработаны вопросы взаимодействия структур администрации Одесского морского порта с предприятиями разной формы собственности, проверилась боеготовность подразделений Службы пожарной безопасности.

 

Как сообщил начальник службы пожарной безопасности порта Юрий Третьяков, учения прошло на достаточно высоком профессиональном уровне и в условиях максимально приближенным к реальным боевым. Не смотря на высокую температуру воздуха, все действия по ликвидации условного пожара проводились пожарными не только в боевой одежде, но и в теплоотражательных костюмах.

 

В завершающей стадии учения с работниками компании ООО «ОППК» были проведены практические занятия по применению первичных средств пожаротушения.

 

Пресс-служба администрации Одесского морского порта

 

 

 

 

 

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Вниманию заинтересованных лиц!

Продлен срок подачи документов участниками переговорной процедуры  закупки работ по реконструкции здания Морского вокзала (Паскомплекс) ОФ ГП «АМПУ» с обустройством кинетического фасада.

 

Участники процедуры должны до 12:00 час. 01 августа 2017 года передать на рассмотрение тендерного комитета администрации порта запечатанные конверты с информацией о соответствии своих компаний квалификационным критериям процедуры закупок и своими предложениями по стоимости реализации проекта.

 

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Тысячи одесситов и гостей города «штурмовали» военные корабли у причала морского вокзала (ФОТОРЕПОРТАЖ)

Как уже сообщалось, с 24 по 27 июля в Одессе с дружеским визитом находится постоянная военно-морская группа НАТО №2 (SNMG2) в составе эсминца Королевских ВМС Великобритании Duncan и фрегата ВМС Турецкой Республики Yildirim. В ходе визита экипажи кораблей проведут совместные тренировки с украинскими военными моряками и учения типа Passex в Черном море.



Сегодня с 14 до 17 часов корабли группы были открыты для посещения всеми желающими. Также, экипаж эсминца организовал на причале «культурную программу», которая вызвала настоящий ажиотаж у отдыхающих и туристов, которые в эти летние дни тысячами устремляются на морской вокзал.

 

Фоторепортаж пресс-службы администрации Одесского морского порта

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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