International Black Sea Container Summit - 2007

On November  15-16, 2007, in Odessa  and Illichevsk (Ukraine)  the First
 International Black Sea Container Summit 2007 was held. It was timed  
to  the opening on November 16 the new container terminal in Illichevsk
 Commercial Sea Port. The operator and investor of the terminal —  
UKRTRANSCONTAINER Company that is a subsidiary of Russian National  
Container  Company — he leader among
t terminal operators on the territory of the former USSR
Organizers of the  summit — PORTS OF UKRAINE Publishing  House and the
Centre for  Information and Analytics BLACKSEATRANS. General sponsor —  
he  summit took place in the framework of  BSEC activities. This  
Organisation for Black Sea Economic Cooperation is  chaired by Ukraine  
The summit was intended to  become a review of  ‘container forces’ of
the Black Sea region in the  context of intensifying  competition —
including that with East  Mediterranean  container hubs. Participants of
the summit were able to  get maximally full  information concerning the
current situation in both  world container market  (thanks to the
reports read by representatives  of the authoritative consulting  
companies like
Drewry Shipping Consultants  from  Great Britain and Global Institute of
Logistics  from the USA) and in  the Black Sea regional market. The
latter became available  due to the  reports of representatives from all
Black Sea countries — Ukraine,  Russia,  Georgia, Turkey, Romania,  
The speaker’s  reports involved topics of the future of  container
carriages in the  Black Sea basin,  lack of terminal capacities in the
region and the boom  in building of new  terminals, as well as in
reconstruction and  development of existed ones. In  fact, all operative
terminals and  those, which are only designed or under  construction in
Ukraine,  Russia, Turkey,  Romania, Bulgaria and Georgia, were
concerned. The   speakers also gave analysis of barriers constraining
container transit,  touched  the prospects for its growth and the issues
of transshipment.
About 150 top managers of  the industry — delegates of  companies,
ventures, organisations related  to container business;  representatives
of governmental authorities and  mass media took part in the  event.
The summit gathered people from 17  countries of the world: Russia,  
Georgia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania,  Great Britain, UAE, Estonia,
Finland,  Moldova, USA, the Netherlands,  Belgium, Austria, Switzerland,
Germany and,  naturally, Ukraine.
Representatives  of the most significant global  container terminal
operators  participated in the work of the forum, such as Hutchison  
Port Holdings  (HPH), Port Singapore Authorities (PSA), Dubai Port World
(DP  World),  International Container Terminal Service Inc. (ICTSI),
National  Container Company. There were senior  officers and delegates
from the  sea ports of Illichevsk, Odessa, Nikolaev,  Novorossiysk,
Sevastopol,  Constantza, Poti in the conference hall, as well as  from
port  administrations and associations of Bulgaria and Turkey;
representatives   of stevedoring companies like SOCEP, NUTEP,
TRANSINVESTSERVICE,  METALSUKRAINE  and shipping companies like
Mediterranean Shipping  Company (MSC), Mitsui O,S.K.  Lines (MOL),
ARKAS, Royal Boskalis,   Volga-Don Shipping Company, UKRFERRY;  
manufacturers of container  handling equipment: Kalmar, Konecranes,  
Fantuzzi – Reggiane;  transport  and forwarding companies —
KUEHNE+NAGEL, TRANSCONTAINER, Russian   Container, United Transport
Holding, Far Eastern Transport Group,   ILLICHEVSKVNESHTRANS, Kaalbay
Logistics,  Global Container Service and  others.
In the framework  of the summit’s agenda there was the  presentation of
McLean-Club — the  one for professionals of container business  named
after Malcolm  McLean, the patriarch of container carriages. The club’s
website will become available from  December 2007.
On the second day  of the event, on November 16, 2007,  the delegates
participated in the  ceremonial opening of the new container  terminal
in Illichevsk   Port.  The terminal is the  most capacious in Ukraine.  
It is the only one able  to accommodate regularly large ocean container
carriers  performing  direct calls at the port of  Illichevsk en route
from Asia. PE  UKRTRANSCONTAINER is operating the terminal.