Black Sea Container Summit - 2014

On September 10-12, 2014, Odessa hosted the 8th International Black Sea Container Summit.
Organizers of the summit – "Ports of Ukraine" Publishing House and the Centre for Information and Analytics "BlackSeaTrans". The summit took place in the framework of the program of activities adopted by the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and was supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

The premium sponsor of the summit - the company "HPC Ukraina". Sponsors - Odessa Commercial Sea Port, TIS, "Brooklyn-Kiev Port".
The summit brought together more than 120 representatives of the world's largest container lines, global container terminal operators, managers and representatives of ports, stevedoring companies, manufacturers of container handling equipment, transport and freight forwarding companies from 10 countries (Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Russia, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, Estonia).

During the summit the participants considered various topics like the prospects for development of the Black Sea container market, transit, intermodal, cabotage, the impact of global trends. Special attention was paid to the port reform in Ukraine, innovations in customs clearance of containerized cargo, sophisticated technology of containers handling.

On the opening day of the summit, the historical event for Ukrainian port industry, the first call of the container ship at a new container terminal "Quarantine mole" in the port of Odessa, took place. This was reported to the participants of the summit by one of the main "hero of the occasion" President of "HPC Ukraina" Klaus Schmoecker. That company together with the Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration was the investor in the realization of the new terminal's project.

Traditionally, the summit is held as a review of "container forces' of the Black Sea region, where, after a significant drop in the volume of container traffic (in 2009 – by 41.8%) due to the global economic crisis, in 2013, the overall market recovery occurred. For the first time in the last 5 years the pre-crisis level in container ports of the region (excluding transshipment) was exceeded. Only Ukraine (still significantly) and Bulgaria (very little) lagged behind the record levels of containers handling shown in 2008.

We should also mention Moldova, that in fact only since 2012 has been handling containers in its port of Giurgiuleşti, and in 2013, they demonstrated the highest growth rate in the region.

Container turnover in the ports of 6 Black Sea countries (Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine) in 2008—2013 (without transshipment), ‘000 TEUs

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Ukraine

1253.9

516.8

659.8

760.3

723.9

780.5

Growth, %

 

–58.8

27.7

15.2

–4.8

7.8

Russia*

485.3

317.5

448.0

663.1

673.5

740.4

Growth, %

 

–34.6

41.0

48.0

1.6

9.9

Romania

408

339.5

418.1

505.9

482.5

553.5

Growth, %

 

–16.8

23.2

21.0

–4.6

14.7

Georgia

209.6

179.4

225.8

299.3

357.7

403.4

Growth, %

 

–14.4

25.9

32.6

19.5

12.8

Bulgaria

197.7

134.9

142.6

152.4

169.9

180.4

Growth, %

 

–31.8

5.7

6.8

11.5

6.2

Moldova

 

 

 

 

2.1

6.8

Growth, %

 

 

 

 

 

225.7

Total

2 554

1 488.1

1 894.2

2 381

2 409.8

2 665

Growth, %

 

41.8

27.3

25.7

1.2

10.6

* Ports of the Black Sea and Azov basin.
BlackSeaTrans

In the first half of 2014, the growth of container turnover continued, it grew by 5.1%. The total container throughput in the ports of the Black Sea (excluding transshipment) amounted to 1,363,000 TEU in H1 2014. The growth was observed in all the countries except for Ukraine, what was caused by an acute military-political and economic situation in the country. In Ukraine, there was a decline of 6.5%.

Container Turnover in the Black Sea Countries in H1 of 2013 and 2014
(excluding transshipment),
TEUs

Country*

H1 2014, TEU

H1 2013, TEU

Growth

H1 2014 vs

H1 2013, %

Russia

393 019

388 641

1,13

Ukraine

343 785

367 728

-6,51

Romania

302 285

261 483

15,60

Georgia

229 647

192 452

19,33

Bulgaria

94 114

86 847

8,37

Total

1 362 850

1 297 151

5,06

Terminals: DPW, SOCEP, UMEX, NUTEP, NSCP, NLE, HPC, BKP, CTI, TIS, POTI, BATUMI, VARNA, BURGAS.
Informall BG

Handling of transshipment in the region, although it grew in 2013, remained at a low level compared to 2008. In 2013, the transshipment made only 115,028 TEU (an increase of 45.1%).
In 2013, for the first time the Russian port of Novorossiysk took the first place (three terminals of the port handled more than 722,000 TEU), ahead of Constanza. Overall, the Black Sea-Azov region containers were handled at 16 seaports on 20 container terminals, including 5 Ukrainian ports.

Container Turnover in the Black Sea Ports
(Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine) in 2012—2013,
TEU*

No.

Port

2013

2012

Growth, TEU

Growth, %

1

NOVOROSSIYSK (RU)

722 716

651 140

71 576

11,0

2

CONSTANTZA (RO)

661 124

680 360

-19 236

-2,8

3

ODESSA (UA)

505 640

462 933

42 707

9,2

4

РОТІ (GE)

331 324

284 600

46 724

16,4

5

ILYICHEVSK MSP (UA)

227 347

219 915

7 432

3,4

6

VARNA (BG)

132 066

128 390

3 676

2,9

7

BATUMI (GE)

72 123

73 126

-1 003

-1,4

8

BURGAS (BG)

48 380

41 532

6 848

16,5

9

YUZHNIY (UA)

46 305

30 660

15 645

51,0

10

SAMSUN (TR)

36 671

27 734

8 937

32,2

11

TRABZON (TR)

22 105

26 032

-3 927

-15,1

12

ROSTOV (ZAPADNIY PORT) (RU)

10 500

5 504

4 996

90,8

13

TAGANROG (RU)

7 200

17 000

-9 800

-57,6

14

MARIUPOL (UA)

8 590

10 006

-1 416

-14,2

15

GIURGIULESTI (MD)

6 840

2 100

4 740

225,7

16

ILYICHEVSK SFP (UA)

0

12 092

-12 092

-100,0

 

TOTAL

2 838 931

2 673 124

165 807

6,2

* lncluding empties and transshipment
Data of ports & terminals
BlackSeaTrans

Among the leaders, there were the same terminal operators, as in previous years: DPW Constantza (Romania), "HPC Ukraina" and APMT Poti (Georgia).
In 2013, the most impressive results (on the growth rates) were achieved by the port of Giurgiuleşti, Rostov port and the company "TIS-Container". The terminal NUTEP became the leader on the absolute growth of container turnover (+ over 62,000 TEU).

At the summit, the awarding of container terminal operators on results of 2013 was held.
On the summit opening day, the company "Brooklyn-Kiev Port" invited the delegates to get acquainted with the work and plans of their own terminal in Odessa MSP. This summer the terminal added the third STS crane manufactured by ZPMC and shows almost the highest operational efficiency in the region given the modest size of its territory.

During the summit, the experts from the International Law Firm "Interlegal" carried out the case study "Dangerous (liquid) loads and damages to third parties" in which a number of recommendations based on real cases from the practice of the law firm were offered to market's actors.

At the end of Black Sea Container Summit 2014, the participants were able to familiarize themselves with the new container terminal Quarantine Mole in Odessa MSP. Its annual throughput capacity makes 600,000 TEU (investors - the company "HPC Ukraina" and USPA).

Detailed information about the summit can be found at www.containersummit.com