Ukranian Ports Resurrect Dredging Deals


The Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA) has announced its intentions to “restart” relations with leading Ukrainian and international dredging companies.

The Acting CEO of USPA, Raivis Veckagans told attendants at a January 20 meeting with representatives of the transport business that dredging works will become clear and predictable for businesses, and the transparency of the tender documents will be increased.

Raivis Vetskagans stressed the importance of reliable and stable dredging operations, saying “Implementation of port development plans, including dredging works are among my priority-driven plans. The current situation around these works is far from norm. In the near future, I will hold a meeting with the leading dredging companies, which are interested in Ukrainian market and we will develop a civilized strategy and unified rules allowing us to “restart” our relations”. Vetskagans went on to say “We are open for dialogue and cooperation with everyone. The procurement should be completely transparent and clear as Ukrainian ports and business expect for development. Our primal task is to provide it”.

The CEO claimed that all the initiatives launched in the frameworks of cooperation between USPA and business will continue, however, tender procedures should become a model of transparency and openness.

The port of Yuzhnyi is being used in order to conduct an audit of the tender conditions and legal requirements for dredging works. The work will be postponed by two months and will deal with two tenders:

  • Reconstruction of sea approach canal and inland approaches to the deep-water berths of Yuzhnyi seaport
  • Reconstruction of water approaches, manoeuvring areas and operational water areas considering prospective turnover Yuzhnyi seaport

Previously, the port authority has welcomed participation in the tender from both foreign and Ukrainian dredging companies. All the tender documents were posted at Prozorro public procurement system.

Earlier this month, PTI covered reports of corruption at many ports across Ukraine and the Black Sea region. 

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