Small ports have a greater chance of attracting investment in the short term. Andrii Shkliar, the head of the analytical division of CFTS Consulting, stated this during the "Grain Forum & Maritime Days 2016" international conference.
According to him, specifically small ports can be selected for the implementation of public-private partnership projects. They have a simpler ownership structure. This will ensure a preparatory stage when attracting investment.
In his presentation, the expert also noted that the main problems of small ports are lack of specialized facilities, equipment wear, shallow depths, and low loading intensity. For these reasons, only leftover cargoes flow to small ports.
Earlier, the CFTS reported that the state-owned Kherson seaport would be concessioned as a whole or in part.
"Because it is compact enough, the entire port will probably either be concessioned or divided into two terminals, for example, if this is logical under the project [for development of the Kherson sea port]) that will be drafted. However, that remains to be seen after the consultants that will work on the development project complete their work. However, the entire port is most likely to be concessioned," the Kherson seaport’s acting head Andrii Sokolov said.