On September 30 – October 1, 2010, the 4th International Black Sea Container Summit was held in Odessa.
Organizers – POERS OF UKRAINE Publishing House and the Centre for Information and Analytics BLACKSEATRANS.
The summit was held under the aegis of Ministry of Transport and Communication of Ukraine.
General Sponsor – HPC Ukraine Company, the other sponsors – Odessa Merchant Sea Port, TIS Company and SOLVO Company.
Traditionally the summit is considered to be the review of container
capacities in the Black Sea region that during seven years up to the
crisis of 2009 had shown the highest rates of increase in container
The world economic crisis resulted in significant downturn of container
volumes on the Black Sea in 2009. Totally, the losses amounted to 39
per cent comparing to the level of 2008. All Black Sea ports of 5
countries (Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria) handled 1.48M
TEUs (without transshipment). Ukrainian ports suffered the worst. They
reduced container handling by 58.8 % (0.517M TEUs against 1.254M TEUs
in 2008). The crisis recalled Ukrainian ports practically to the level
of 2005 (0.59M TEUs). The decrease was directly related to the reduced
volumes of import, mainly from China, because of Ukrainian population’s
level of prosperity drop.
In the total Black Sea container turnover the share of Ukraine amounted
to around 35 % in 2009, Romania – 23 %, Russia – 21 %, Georgia – 12 %,
Bulgaria – 9 % (transshipment is handled only by Romania).
Since the beginning of 2010 the country of the Black Sea region have
been building up the volumes of container carriages. In the first half
year, the rates of increase in Ukraine averaged 32.7 % (293,366 TEUs
Overall, the Black Sea container market is recovering quicker than the
world container market upon average. If this positive trend keeps,
than, according to some participants of the summit, in 2012 the Black
Sea container market will achieve the level of 2008. Ukraine, however,
is going to manage that as early as in 2013-2014 for the reason of the
Nevertheless, Ukraine is building up its port container capacities. In
April 2010 they started creation of a new container terminal on
Quarantine Mole in Odessa MSP with the annual throughput capacity of
600,000 TEUs (the investors are HPC Ukraine and Odessa MSP, 50/50).
In May 2010, in Ilyichevsk Fishery Sea Port they set up the
construction of a new multipurpose terminal that will be able to handle
containers among other cargoes. Its estimated projected throughput
capacity makes 500,000 TEUs per annum.
All that witnesses the investorsґ assurance as to the prospects of Ukrainian container market.
The summit gathered around 140 representatives of the world largest
container lines. Global terminal operators, heads and top managers of
seaports, stevedore companies, manufacturers of container handling
equipment, transport and forwarding companies from 15 countries of the
world (Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Romania, Germany, Netherlands,
Estonia, Great Britain, Finland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Byelorussia,
Lithuania, Austria, Italy).
Among the most topical issues of the summit touched in 19 report and
presentations there were ways of recovery of global container carriages
after the world economic crisis, Black Sea container market in
recapture period, tradelanes of Black Sea container cargo flows, new
realities in container shipping linesґ activity, problems of container
transit, dry ports and logistics centres, issues of customs clearance,
Just during the summit the delegates were among the first to be
informed of new transshipment regulations in Odessa port that was
enabled after the adoption of some amendments to Ukrainian laws by the
Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada).
The participants of the last year summit witnessed the completion of
works on creation of the first stage of the new TIS Company’s container
terminal with its annual throughput capacity of 400,000 TEUs in the
water area of the Port of Yuzhniy. This year they were able to have a
glance of how the first stage of HPC Ukraine Company’s container
terminal on Quarantine Mole in Odessa port is being built. The first
stage is going to be put into operation by 2012.
Organizers would like to express thanks to all delegates for their
active participation in the project and invite everybody interested in
the future of container business to partake in the Fifth International
Container Summit to be held next year.