Stabilization in the Black Sea container market

On September 7-9, 2016, Odessa hosted the 10th International Black Sea Container Summit 2016. About 140 people from 9 countries participated in the event. Organizers of the summit - Ports of Ukraine Publishing House and the Center for Information and Analytics BlackSeaTrans. The summit was held within the framework of the BSEC activities.

The premium sponsor of the summit - the company HPC Ukraina. Sponsors are the group TIS Terminal, Odessa Commercial Sea Port, the companies Maersk Ukraine, MSC Ukraine, Containers of Ukraine.

The summit was attended by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladimir Omelyan and the head of Odessa Regional State Administration Mikhail Saakashvili. They both took the floor at the summit.

In particular, Vladimir Omelyan noted that Ukraine this year shows healthy growth of export and import containers handling in the ports. This suggests that policies aimed at deregulation, simplification of business conditions, yields results, and business felt its power.

"We “remove” the state from all areas that affect the business. We are creating the maritime administration, and I want its head to be a high-level specialist with five-year contract, and no politician, no official had any influence on him. So that he could work for the benefit of the industry protecting the container transport as well. But first and foremost he should be concerned about the development of ports, the creation of large industrial clusters on their basis", the minister said.

Vladimir Omelyan noted that there is the necessity to reform the Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration. It should turn into a small, efficient, mobile state institution. "I hope that these global plans will be successful, so that already next year we could see a new face of the maritime industry of Ukraine", he said.

Mikhail Saakashvili on the example of Odessa region told how the bureaucratic and corruptive ties inherited from the previous system of power hinder the development of economy and the renovating of the country.

The summit discussed the ways to revive the container market in the Black Sea region, the methods of crisis recovery, creating more favorable conditions for the movement of container flows.

The outlook for better times is based on these year performance data. Decreased by 12.7 percent in 2015 (without transshipment), the container turnover in the first half of 2016 has stabilized in the regional ports. In general, the container turnover in the region grew by 2.7 percent year-on-year. The stabilization occurred primarily due to the growth of container traffic in Ukrainian ports by 25.7 percent. At the same time, the cargo handling slightly increased in the Azov-Black Sea ports of Russia – by 4.13 percent, in Romania - by 3.47 percent. At that, a 26% reduction of container turnover was seen in the ports of Georgia, and by 2.14 percent - in Bulgarian ports.

During the summit, there was the traditional rewarding of winners among the Black Sea container terminals’ operators on results of 2015. The minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Vladimit Omelyan took part in the ceremony.


In 2015, the first three places in the ranking of the terminals – regional leaders on container turnover were distributed as follows:

  • DP WORLD CONSTANTA (RO) - 493,233 TEU;.

  • APMT POTІ (GE) - 325,112 TEU;

  • HPC UKRAINA (UA) - 255,523 TEU.


The first three places in the ranking of the terminals - leaders of the region on turnover growth rate look as follows:

  • ILYICHIVSK SEA FISHING PORT (UA) — growth in 26,6 times;

  • SOCEP (RO) — growth by 26.7 percent;

  • SAMSUN PORT (TR) —  growth by 18.4 percent.