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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.

 

Press-service of Оdessa sea port authority

 

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