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GUAM foreign ministers discuss the development of international logistics across countries.

Dmytro Kuleba took part in a meeting of the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM (ukrinform). “We have outlined certain economic steps and projects that we will take to develop trade and international logistics through the GUAM countries,” said Kuleba. The parties discussed further political cooperation within the organization, sectoral cooperation between Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan in the fields of economy, trade, transport, IT, and innovation.

The first caravan of 2 barges and 1 tug passed through the newly build Dnipro lock.

It is planned to implement a series of such locks to improve Dnipro River logistics. This type of lock allows ships to save up to 8 hours in one pass. The saved time will allow the shipowner to make up to 10 trips a year and to transport up to 100 thousand tons per navigation. This is another step towards the development of water logistics, which should become a convenient alternative to road and rail transportation, said the Minister of

DP World TIS – Pivdennyi has been servicing the weekly L74 service of the Maersk.

The terminal received the first Safmarine Nuba, handling a total of 638 containers. In June Maersk announced the consolidation of all shipping to Ukraine at one container terminal, choosing DP World TIS Pivdennyi. The service combined DP World TIS Pivdennyi with the largest Egyptian port of Port Said. This cooperation opens additional opportunities for Ukrainian exporters to enter the markets of the Middle East.

Onur construction wins tender to build Dnipro Airport airfield

 announced open4busines source. The winner of a tender for the construction of an airfield at Dnipro International Airport is Onur Construction International.  The value of the construction project was announced on the ProZorro public auction site as being an estimated UAH 5.64 billion. The only other construction company competing in the tender was Rostdorbud whose bid of UAH 5.65 billion to complete the project was not successful.

A new grain terminal to be built at Yuzhny port.

 According to the Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine (USPA). TC Tehagro LLC presented the project for the construction of a new grain terminal to the Council of the Administration of the Yuzhny (Pivdenny) on September 8, 2021. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022 and will take 44 months. The payback period for the project is 6 years. The new terminal will be located on Yuzhny port land which is 2.88 hectares repots the Odessa Journal. It will be

The President of Ukraine strongly believes, Ukraine deserves to host the Olympic Games.

Zelensky announced that “in Ukraine, programs are being implemented that will create the necessary sports infrastructure”. We have started the Healthy Ukraine program. I am proud of this program. It provides for the construction of 2,000 parks for activities in Ukraine, 10,000 sports grounds, 19 ice arenas throughout the country, 100 stadiums, and 25 sports “magnets,” the President said.

EBRD to assist in upgrading the Kyiv district heating system.

 A €140 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to Kyivteploenergo will allow them to upgrade vital infrastructure and ensure a more reliable provision of district heating and hot water supply. The EBRD funding is to be co-financed by a joint contribution from Kyiv municipality and Kyivteploenergo of at least €26 million to finance the district heating network replacement. This new equipment will be fully compliant with the EU Industrial Emissions Directive

Ukravtodor has appointed its Acting Head, Eugene Kuzkin, as its new chief.

The Ministry of Infrastructure announced on August 27 that the economist and former Deputy Minister will head the state road agency and seek to improve its reputation tainted by charges of corruption and inefficiency.  As part of President  Zelensky’s Big Construction program, Ukravtodor rebuilt 4,000 kilometers of roads in 2020 and should add another 4,500 kilometers this year. With the aid of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Ukravtodor also plans to build charging stations for electric vehicles,

Ukraine seeking Swiss investment for railway development.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, and JSC and Stadler CIS AG, Stadler Rail AG (Switzerland) and the Swiss Export Risk Insurance Agency SERV have signed a memorandum determining the principles and mechanisms for cooperation. According to the CEO of Stadler CIS AG Alexander Luft, “for the first time, export financing from Switzerland is attracted at the state level, which will be aimed at the development of Ukraine’s railway transport, including the renewal of the train fleet. Investment of up EUR 500

By December, 28 years after work started, the Podilskyi road-rail bridge should open for car traffic,

 Mykola Povoroznyk, first deputy chairman of the Kyiv City administration, tells Obozrevatel. With three lanes for cars each way for cars, the bridge is also to be the Dnipro crossing for the future Podilsko-Vyhurivska Line of the Kyiv Metro. Povoroznyk added: “After the automobile part starts, we plan to switch to active construction of the metro.”

Cash-starved UZ got a break Wednesday when the State Regulatory Service approved cargo rate increases designed to bring in an extra $500 million over the next 18 months.

Starting in September, grain and iron ore rates go up 8%. Near year, grain rates go up another 6.5%. Rates for iron ore, coal and cement go up 20.4%. UZ supervisory board member Serhiy Leshchenko calculates the DTEK will have to pay an extra $37 million to move coal and Metinvest will have to pay an additional $120 million to move iron and steel. By gradually merging rates for different cargo classes, UZ hope to stem the loss of ‘expensive’

Over the next decade, UZ needs to buy 315 new locomotives,

 UZ board member František Bureš writes in a column. These purchases are essential to keeping Eurasia’s fourth largest railway running. Only 5% of UZ 3,600 locomotives are under 25 years. The rest – virtually all Soviet models – are past their warranty dates. Last month, the Rada ratified an agreement to buy 130 electric locomotives from France’s Alstom. The degree of localization is to be up to 35%. In 2014, Ukraine lost its lone locomotive plant, in Russia-controlled Luhansk.

More than 8,000 freight cars were rated ‘abandoned’ earlier this week

– hitched to trains marooned for lack of locomotives or crews, Valery Tkachev, deputy director of UZ’s commercial department, writes on Facebook. Of the total, 28 trains were rated ‘abandoned’ – delayed from 30 to 209 hours. Another 160 trains were rated ‘temporarily abandoned’ – delayed from 12 to 72 hours. As a result, UZ on Tuesday had 1,649 unfulfilled requests for wagons – from farmers and mining companies. Without citing reasons for his optimism, Tkachev summed up: “We hope

Due to poor track conditions, Ukrzaliznytsia’s ‘high speed’ elite trains run at 100 km an hour, 65% of their rated capacity,

 Alexander Kamyshin, the new acting CEO of the state railroad, tells Interfax-Ukraine. Despite these limitations, Kamyshin plans to expand the service to more regional capitals, starting with Cherkasy next year. He says: Oour task today is to get Intercity service to those regional centers that are not yet covered by high-speed railway communication.” For comparison, UZ’s freight trains average 35 km/hour.

Vowing a ‘Big Construction’ for the state railroad,

 Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov introduced Kamyshin to railway workers and managers and gave a pep talk. “Ukrzaliznytsia used to be a powerful company,” he said. “My task is to reverse the negative trend of the railway’s decline and return it to its former capacity, and to the railway men the prestige of the profession. Therefore, Big Construction begins now in Ukrzaliznytsia.”

In what could be a $150 million contract, Chornobyl’s Exclusion Zone Agency is launching a tender for construction of a facility to store vitrified high level nuclear waste for 100 years

. In the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear disaster, a French consortium, Novarka, built the €1.5 billion New Safe Confinement. An American company, Holtec International, built the first stage of what is to be a $1.3 billion dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. The new facility is to store 260 cubic meters of reprocessed fuel returned from Russia. The tender closes Sept. 13, the ProZorro auction is to be Oct. 19, and construction is to be completed by Dec. 2023.

Next month, a $100 million, 33-silo grain handling terminal is to be completed at Odesa port

, reports Ports of Ukraine news site. Partly financed by the EBRD and constructed by Brooklyn-Kiev and Louis Dreyfus Company, the Franco-Dutch food processing firm, the complex will launch Brooklyn-Kiev into the ranks of Ukraine’s top five grain handling terminals. The new terminal can store 241,000 tons at one time and will has an annual shipping capacity of 4 million tons. For comparison, Ukraine is expected to export 56 million tons of grain this year.

With rivers of grain starting to flow from the fields of Ukraine, Ukrzaliznytsia is not prepared to move the record harvest to the Black Sea ports

, warns Alexander Kamyshin, the new acting CEO of the state railroad. Barely one quarter of the railroad’s 11,400 grain wagons are useable, he says. “As of July 9, only 15% of the planned repairs were completed,” he said, explaining the large number of idled wagons. “The problem with locomotives arose due to the fact that all the necessary running parts for repairs were not purchased on time.”

The traction crunch comes at a time of growing demand for rail services.

 Big Construction is moving unprecedented amounts of gravel around the country. Passenger traffic is to grow with the end of August return from vacations.  Two years ago, President Zelenskiy vowed to get private locomotives on the tracks. Since then, the process has been largely sabotaged by UZ rules and obstruction. RailInsider writes: “The experiment with private traction is dragging on, and because of this the prospects of its access in the near future on the track of Ukrzaliznytsia remain rather

China’s infrastructure loan to Ukraine will be for about $400 million, largely for two projects – the Kyiv Ring Road and a new bridge over the Dnipro at Kremenchuk,

Viktor Dovhan, chief negotiator of the loan, tells the Kyiv Post. Ukraine is to borrow the money from China’s Export-Import Bank at a 2% interest rate for 15 years, says Dovhan, now an advisor to the EU mission to Ukraine. Announced last month, the deal was short on details.

Cargill, the US food giant, has acquired 51% ownership in Neptune Grain Terminal

in Pivdennyi, Ukraine’s busiest Black Sea port. Designed to handle 5 million tons of grain a year, the terminal berth has a 16-meter water depth. Minority owner Andriy Stavnitser, of M.V. Cargo LLC, says Neptune is now the second business grain terminal on the Black Sea. Cargill said: “Neptune is meeting the growing demand for deep water port infrastructure in Ukraine by giving farmers access to new distant markets.”

Building on Ukraine’s first state port concessions to private investors,

 the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation is training Ukraine government personnel to manage these concessions – at Kherson and Olvia ports, the IFC’s Ukraine office reports. Over the next two years, the government plans to sell four small Black Sea ports outright and to lease out units in other ports through public-private partnerships.

A 35-hectare ‘dry port’ is to be built in the Lviv Region border town of Mostyska

, the Economy Ministry reports. Designed to create 1,100 jobs, the dry port will be an industrial park hosting export-oriented companies: sawmills, furniture manufacturers, producers of polymer building materials and electrical machines as well as warehouses for international logistics. A major rail line and an international highway connect Mostyska with the Polish border, 10 km to the west.

Ukraine’s first cross-Danube ferry with Romania became a surprise hit during its first year in operation

, reports the Center for Transportation Strategies. Since opening last August 10, the ferry has carried 43,786 passengers and 31,835 vehicles – a mix of cars, trucks, motorcyles, minibuses and international buses. This summer, the ferry between Orlivka, Ukraine and Isaccea, Romania is carrying over 100 cars a day, cutting out a 100 km, 1-hour detour for drivers between the two countries.

The next step is to turn Orlivka into Ukraine’s newest Danube river port,

Yuriy Dimchoglo,  deputy chair of Odesa’s Regional Council, tells the transportation news site. “This way, small vessels can also dock, including foreign ones,” says Dimchoglo, an organizer of the ferry port. “Passengers from Ukraine could travel along the Danube to other countries.” Orlivka now has Odesa Region’s only border crossing with the EU.

Impressed with this success, authorities in Kiliya – 100 km upstream from Orlivka – want to establish their own international checkpoint to allow Romanians and Ukrainians to cross the Danube in private boats.

Vyacheslav Chernyavsky, mayor of Kiliya, tells izbirkom news site that he and his counterpart in the Romanian town of Kiliya Veche (Old Kiliya) are formally proposing to their governments the creation of a unified checkpoint. Chernyavsky writes on Facebook: “For each side, there will social, economic, tourist and other positive changes!”

Half of trucks are overloaded, highlighting the need to shift more cargo to river and rail,

Prime Minister Shmyhal said Friday on a visit to Cherkasy region. To protect newly repaved roads, the government has installed on highways 37 ‘Weigh-in-Motion’ monitoring units. Already connected to the Data Processing Center of Ukrtransbezpeky, the state highway safety agency, these units will start automatically sending out fines on Oct. 1.

Fast InterCity trains will start running next year between Cherkasy and Kyiv, rendering rail travel as fast car travel on the 190-km route.

After electrification of a final 30-km section in a 145-year old rail line, high-speed trains will connect the regional capital with the national capital in 2h30 min, the same time as by car, Kirill Tymoshenko, deputy presidential chief of staff, wrote Friday on Facebook.

Cherkasy Airport, once one of the busiest in the Soviet Union, will reopen next year for charter and scheduled flights,

Prime Minister Shmyhal said after an inspection on Friday. Over the last three years, the runway and the terminal have been repaired. Serving a region of 1.2 million people, Cherkasy suffers from competition with Kyiv Boryspil, a 2-hour drive to the north. SkyUp is studying launching flights next year from Cherkasy to Egypt and Turkey.

Government officials and international donors are finalizing a Donbas development strategy

 “to change the region’s economic model, improve living conditions and create new economic opportunities for the population and for investors,” reports the School of Transnational Governance European University Institute.  The Florence-based study group says: “Its ambition is to create a role-model with spill-over effects that could prepare a future re-integration of the temporarily occupied territories into Ukraine. If implemented successfully, the strategy may significantly alter the region’s fate over the next decade.”