Black Sea Container Summit 2012

Organizers of the summit - Ports of Ukraine Publishing House and the Centre for Information and Analytics BlackSeaTrans. The summit took place with the support of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

Premium sponsor of the summit - the company HPC Ukraine. Sponsors - Odessa Sea Commercial Port, the companies TIS, Container Terminal Ilyichevsk and Solvo.

The summit brought together more than 140 representatives of the world largest container shipping line, global container terminal operators, top-managers and representatives of ports, stevedoring companies, manufacturers of container handling equipment, transport and freight forwarding companies from 13 countries (Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Germany, Austria, Belarus, Romania, the UK, Turkey, Estonia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Moldova).

Traditionally, the summit is considered to be a review of 'container forces' in the Black Sea region, which for seven years - before the crisis in 2009 – showed the highest growth rate of container traffic.

The global economic downturn led to a significant drop in the Black Sea container traffic in 2009 (by 39%). A period of recovery followed the crisis. In 2010, ports of the Black and Azov Seas of 5 countries (Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Romania and Bulgaria) increased their container turnover by 27.3 % to 1.894M TEUs (without transshipment), in 2011 – by 25.7 % to 2.381M TEUs. 

Ports of the three countries (Russia, Romania and Georgia) in 2011 already exceeded the container turnover (without transshipment) in peak 2008. In 2012, that would have been enough to ensure the growth of container turnover by 8 % to exceed the overall peak level of 2008, however, since 2012, the economy of the region felt what many economists call the "second wave" of the global crisis.

Among the most pressing issues of the summit raised in 18 reports: the impact of global trends on the state of container transportation market of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, competition between shipping companies and container terminal operators in present conditions, the potential of rail container transport in the light of the new EU strategy; modern technologies of container stuffing; prospects for port reform in Ukraine, etc.

Discussed the problems of container handling in the ports of Ukraine, the summit adopted an appeal to the President of Ukraine Yanukovich and Speaker of Verkhovna Rada Litvin, requesting to facilitate the early adoption of the Law on Container Carriages, which was drafted by the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

During the Black Sea Container Summit 2012 the Black Sea container terminal operators were awarded on results of their performance in 2011. The rating of operators was prepared by IAC BlackSeaTrans.

The first three places ranking the largest operators of container terminals at the Black Sea container (on container turnover in 2011, among 19 operators) took the companies:

— DP World Constantza (649,022 TEUs); 

— HPC Ukraine (317,844 TEU) in Odessa; 

— NovorosLesExport (266,430 TEU) in Novorossiysk.

In the ranking of container terminal operators of the Black Sea countries in terms of growth rates in 2011, the first three places were taken by:

— Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) (the growth rates made 178.5 % to 45,442 TEUs); 

— Brooklyn-Kiev Port (the growth rates made 150.9 % to 137,695 TEUs); 

— Mariupol MSP (the growth rates made 112.8 % to 13,817 TEUs).

On the opening day of the summit, all participants during the boat tour about the water area of Odessa sea port familiarized with the construction of a new container terminal on Quarantine Mole (design capacity of 600,000 TEUs, the project is being implemented by the company HPC Ukraine in cooperation with Odessa MSP.

At the completion of the Black Sea Container Summit 2012, on the third day, the delegates visited the terminal of Container Terminal Ilyichevsk (formerly "Ukrtranscontainer"), and toured the water area of Ilyichevsk MSP.

Organizational Committee:
Ph.: +380 (482) 37 38 82, 37 19 80, fax: 37 38 35
E-mail: summit@uports.odessa.ua
www.containersummit.com