Aerial photograph of Odesa port, Ukraine. Image courtesy of the USPA.
The Ukrainian Sea Port authority (USPA) is joining the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) as an observer member.
The membership was granted to the USPA after an assembly gathering on June 3, 2018 — coinciding with the ESPO’s annual conference in Rotterdam.
ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly, said: “We are very pleased to welcome USPA as an observer member in ESPO.
“The Black Sea is a very important part of Europe’s maritime network with ESPO member ports in Romania and Bulgaria.
“The Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, make Ukraine’s ports an important part of the wider European transport network.
“USPA’s membership of ESPO is a logical consequence of the Ukraine’s strong relationship with the EU.
“There are already excellent working relationships between ESPO members and Ukrainian ports and I am delighted now to welcome USPA as an observer member in our organization strengthening ESPO’s presence in the Black Sea.”
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The USPA was established in 2013 as a result of the maritime industry reform of Ukraine to manage state property in relation to seaports to attract investments in port infrastructure.
CEO of USPA, Raivis Veckagans, commented: “USPA is honoured to join ESPO.
“Since signing the Association Agreement between EU and Ukraine, we have focused on connectivity of our transport infrastructures.
“Through the observer membership at ESPO, USPA is continuing governmental efforts to establish mutually beneficial cooperation with the European counterparts.
“We are glad to join European port community and are keen to actively participate in the forming the future agenda of the port & maritime industries.”
The ESPO works and advises on many issues and areas of interest in the maritime industry and recently congratulated a number of ports, including the Port of Rotterdam, for renewing their environmental management standard (PERS) issued by EcoPorts.