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Friday, April 9, 2021
ATB supermarket chain plans to invest $410 million in its expansion in the Ukrainian market this year,

said Boris Markov, ATB General Director, in a company press release. Claiming to be Ukraine’s fastest growing supermarket chain, ATB said that it invested $370 million in its expansion during 2020, opening 127 new stores. Its retail network extends to all 24 regions of Ukraine, and ATB has a total of 1,216 stores in 313 towns and cities. The company has estimated that 4 million Ukrainians – more than 10% of Ukraine’s adults population – shop at ATB.

Friday, April 9, 2021
Poland’s BGK Bank has agreed to fund 60% of the first phase of Lviv’s Innovation District IT Park,

the technology park has reported. The State-owned Bank, Gospodarstwa Krajowego, will loan €81.5 million for the €136 million first phase of development. With a first phase expected to be completed by of end 2023, the general contractor will be Unibep, one of Poland’s largest construction companies. Spreading over a 10-hectare site which is located 4 km south of Rynok Square, the Park will feature research laboratories and offices for 10,000 IT workers and students. Companies that have already reserved space include: GlobalLogic, N-iX, Intellias, SoftServe and Perfectial.

Friday, April 9, 2021
In Lviv, the continuing investment in property development includes the construction of a business and city administrative center on a prime 7-hectare lot which had previously been a military base,

 the Lviv City Council has announced. The triangular lot which is located 1.7 kilometerss west of Rynok Square, is to become a mixed use area.  The project will include a park, a business center, a congress hall and a new administrative building for the City Council, (Interfax-Ukraine).  On the site, bounded by Horodotska, Taras Shevchenko and Yaroslav Mudry streets, City Architect Anton Kolomiytsev has proposed to repurpose the site’s historic, Hapsburg-era buildings to new uses.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Dnipro River shipping traffic in the first quarter increased by 66%,

over the first quarter of 2020, reported the Sea Ports Administration. Of the 1.8 million tons, the cargoes were: construction materials +79% to 1 million tons; grain + 33% to 587,000 tons; and metals +280% to 171,000 tons. The winter season is characterized by short haul barge trips. On March 10, the full river opened to shipping, with all locks working between Nova Kakhovka and the Kyiv Sea.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Shipping cargo from the Persian Gulf to Kyiv is this summer’s schedule for Kherson’s Argo Shipping

, reported the Agrologistics website. With a fleet of nine sea-river ships, Argo already takes cargo from Zaporizhia to Greece, Italy and France. Last summer, its vessel MV Porada carried 2,000 tons of Turkish cement to Ukrainka, a Dnipro port 40 km downriver from Kyiv. Last year Argo carried 710,000 tons of cargo on the Dnipro, a 30% increase over 2019 volumes. Argo Commercial Director, Alexander Nikulin said: “This year, we have already received requests from charterers to operate cargo trips from the Persian Gulf countries to Kyiv.”

Thursday, April 8, 2021
The state-owned Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company is pursuing a $200 million ship investment program that would allow it to increase its capacity to carry 4 million tons of cargo on the Dnipro

, a 40% increase over the river’s 2019 cargo level. In a first step, the parent agency, the Infrastructure Ministry, has endorsed the Danube Shipping’s plan to build 16 tugs and 31 barges for use on the Dnipro. The Ministry also promised to transfer to the company its river ports and terminals. Danube Shipping is in negotiations with the EBRD and other international financial institutions to secure low interest financing. By replacing trucks on the highways, river transportation bonds and loans often are considered ‘green.’

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Nibulon, the largest private shipper on Ukraine’s rivers, has launched its sixth NBL-91, or low draft barge.

Drawing only four meters, the barge can carry down the Southern Bug loads of grain up to 3,000 tons. With six of these barges, Nibulon’s river fleet now numbers 85 vessels, most of them produced at the company’s shipyard in Mykolaiv.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
The company is building five river-sea patrol boats under contract with France’s OCEA,

said the French Ambassador to Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins. The first of the aluminum, high speed boats is to be delivered by the end of 2021. The Nibulon contract is part of a 20-boat, €136 million deal that is 85% financed by the French Treasury and Bpifrance, the state-owned investment bank.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
SMG’s Kherson shipyard is modernizing four dry cargo vessels for EemsWerken NV of the Netherlands.

Last year, Smart Maritime Group, which unites Kherson and Mykolaiv shipyards, built hulls for two Dutch chemical tankers and modernized and repaired 55 vessels.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
This summer, the Rada is to approve creating a fund to pay for the government’s multi-billion dollar plan to renovate the Dnipro locks — and to triple river cargo,

to 30 million tons a year, Infrastructure Minister Krikliy said at a recent meeting the European Business Association. The State Fund for Inland Waterways is modeled on the three-year-old Ukrainian State Road Fund, which draws on user fees to guarantee money for road repair and construction.