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Evolution Or Revolution On the Railways: Polish and Ukrainian Experts Discuss Which is Better

Should private companies be granted access to railway infrastructure in Ukraine? The European Union once forced Poland to do this. The Polish now believe that competition on the railways has justified itself. Ukrainians agree with this only partially.

Will Private Traction Come to the Aid of Ukrzaliznytsia?

The state of the locomotive fleet is approaching a critical point, but there is no money for modernization at Ukrzaliznytsia. We attempt to find out the conditions under which private capital can be used to upgrade traction rolling stock in Ukraine

How to Improve Control Procedures in Ports: a Recipe from the European Union

The European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) has prepared a set of recommendations on improving border management and reducing opportunities for corruption in the Odessa and Ilyichevsk seaports. What will Ukrainian regulatory authorities have to do?

Interview with the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure: How Ukrzaliznytsia Will Be Reformed

Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kava on future reform of Ukrzaliznytsia, the State Railway Agency, and plans for electrification of tracks and development of high-speed passenger service in an exclusive interview with the CFTS

Eight Key Points from the Final Press Conference by the Odessa Port Administration’s Head

The head of the Odessa port administration, Mykhailo Sokolov, admits that the rates of port charges are several times higher than the rates at European ports. At the same time, he opposes reduction of the charges. Why? Read his last press conference.

Interview with the Head of Hermes-Trading: Dnieper Will Generate Billions in Revenues

In an in an exclusive interview with the CFTS portal, the Hermes-Trading grain trading company’s General Director Yurii Skichko discusses how the dredging of the River Dnieper will benefit the economy and why the revival of the Dnieper-Vistula route is beneficial to his company.

Corruption In Ukrzaliznytsia: the Problems Shippers are Encountering in the State Monopoly’s Operations

One of the long-standing problems in the railway industry is inefficient use of the fleet of freight cars, which leads one to suspect the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia) of corruption. What are the issues of concern to shippers and private operators, and what does the new leadership in the freight transport need to do?

Lessons from the European Union: the Secret of the Success of Polish Manufacturers of Rolling Stock

In partnership with the Polish consulting company ZDG TOR, the CFTS portal begins publishing a series of articles on the experience of successful adaptation of the Polish railway market to the European Union’s conditions. In the first article, find out why Polish train manufacturers are feeling confident even in Western Europe.

Western Money: Can the Ukrainian Transport Industry Count on Financial Assistance from the EU?

The West is in no hurry to launch a Marshall Plan for Ukraine. The first "donor" conference on this issue will be held only in January. If the money is provided, then transport infrastructure will be a priority.

Miracle on the Vistula: How Poland is Launching Pendolino High-Speed Trains

The search EUR 640 million, an international scandal, and loud disputes about its appropriateness are over. The Polish Railways is preparing for a ceremonial upgrade to European standards of speed and comfort.

The Viking Weakens: Why the Cargo Turnover of Ukrzaliznytsia’s Key International Project has Fallen by 40%

The cargo turnover of the Viking container train fell by 40 percent in the first seven months of this year while the cargo turnover of the Zubr train fell by about 60 percent. Why Ukrzaliznytsia’s best-known international transport projects are losing cargoes and how the Ukraine-EU association agreement will affect the market.

Airports in the Red: How Ukrainian Airports Lost More than a Quarter of their Passengers

The volume of passenger traffic fell by almost half on Ukraine’s domestic routes and by 27% on international routes during the first nine months of this year. The biggest increases in passenger traffic were at Ivano-Frankovsk and Dnepropetrovsk airports. The largest airport in the country, the Boryspil airport, lost 10 percent of its passenger traffic.

Roads Getting Worse: How to Stop the Degradation of Ukraine’s Roads

The destruction of Ukraine’s roads will stop if it is ensured that the existing fuel surcharge (UAH 2.6 per liter of gasoline) is used for the intended purpose and if there is proper enforcement of size and weight requirements. What do officials and representatives of the automobile market think about this?

Saving the UIA: Anti-Crisis Solutions For Country's Largest Airline

The largest airline in Ukraine finds itself on the brink of bankruptcy, and it is asking the government for USD 100 million in financial support. However, is this really the only way out? We consider how to save the company at a time of crisis.

Black Sea Hamburg: How the Largest Container Terminal In Ukraine Operates

The HPC Ukraina deep-water container terminal (controlled by the German company Hamburg Port Consulting) has begun processing the first vessels after four years of construction. We visited the terminal, which has a capacity that equals the total annual container transshipment volume in Ukraine.

A Nosedive: How Ukrainian Airlines Lost a Million PassengersA Nosedive: How Ukrainian Airlines Lost a Million Passengers

The fall in the purchasing power of Ukrainians and their wait-and-see attitude to air travel have sent the industry into a steep nosedive. The passenger traffic of domestic airlines fell by 15% in the first eight months of this year, and such a figure will mean more than a million fewer tickets at the end of the year.

Destroyed Donbass: Who Has Lost How Much Because of the War in the Region

The biggest losses as a result of the military operations in the Donbass have been incurred by the largest industrial groups in Ukraine: Metinvest, DTEK, ISD, and state-owned coal mines. The daily loading of railcars fell by 59 percent in August, which represents monthly losses of more than UAH 0.5 billion in revenues.

What Should be Done with the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky Port

Ninety percent of the goods handled by the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky port are round timber and the factor hampering its development is its water depth of less than three meters. Does the port have a chance of survival? Only with dredging and involvement of major private investors.

Kiva vs Merenkov: a Face-Off between the Two Heads of Antonov

We put the same seven questions to Dmytro Kiva and Serhii Merenkov in a bid to determine who is right in their struggle for power at the Antonov state enterprise and what awaits the enterprise if either of them wins

Deviation Off Course: How Ukraine Is Making Life Difficult For Russia’s Largest Airlines

Instead of sanctions, the State Aviation Service imposed only restrictions on the transit flights of two Russian carriers - Aeroflot and Transaero - through Ukraine’s airspace. What will be the impact of this step on the industry: declarative or ample room for machinations?

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