The management of the Ministry of Infrastructure and DP World (UAE), which is one of the largest port holdings in the world, signed a memorandum of cooperation during a meeting in Kyiv on October 13. According to information from the Ministry of Infrastructure, the meeting focused on introduction of a new operating model for tugs at the Odesa seaport. It was attended by Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian, chairman of DP World Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, and Managing Director of P&O Maritime (part of the DP World group) Rado Antolovic.
P&O Maritime operates more than 150 vessels around the world and provides towing services at Jebel Ali, which is one of the world's busiest ports and the main base of DP World.
Antolovic handed Omelian a proposal to optimize the tug fleet in the Odesa seaport and declared that P&O Maritime was ready to bring international practices in the area of port asset management to Ukraine.
The Ministry of Infrastructure presented other potential opportunities for investment in the Ukrainian port sector to DP World, particularly in Chornomorsk and Yuzhny.
It should be noted that such a memorandum on improvement of the system of maneuvering operations in the Odesa seaport was signed on 22 July by management of the seaport and P&O Maritime. Now, however, the memorandum was concluded at a higher level - between the minister of infrastructure and the head of DP World.