Five companies have expressed interest in performing dredging operations at the berths Nos. 23, 24, and 25 of the Yuzhny port. They have applied to participate in the relevant tender, which involves reconstruction of approach waters, maneuvering zones, and operational waters near berths, taking account of the Yuzhny seaport’s prospective cargo turnover (the first phase of construction). The application deadline expired at 11:00 on Monday.

According to the tender documentation filed in the ProZorro electronic public procurement system, the companies are China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd., Boskalis International B.V., Jan De Nul N. V., Novadeal Ltd (a subsidiary of the Deme Group), and DP VO Ukraine (a subsidiary of the Dutch company Van Oord).

According to the tender documentation, the expected cost of dredging works is UAH 1.197 billion (excluding VAT) and the deadline for completing the works is March 31, 2018. According to Andrii Isaiev, an expert with CFTS Consulting, the participation of the global industry leaders in the tender provides grounds to believe that the final cost of the dredging works will be in line with the current market conditions for dredging works and prices will not be overstated.

The company that wins the tender will be required to remove 4,393,075 cubic meters of soil and increase the water depth in the area to 16 meters. In addition to the water approaches to these berths and the waters around them, the winner will also be required to dredge a turnaround area with a diameter of 370 meters.

These same companies also applied to participate in another tender for performance of dredging works in the Yuzhny seaport: reconstruction of the approach channel from the sea and the internal approach to the port’s deep-water berths. 

As reported, the company "M.V. Cargo" plans to build a deepwater terminal at the berth No. 25 under a contract Cargill, one of the largest grain traders in the world. The first phase of the terminal will have a throughput capacity of up to 5 million tons and the second phase will increase this capacity by 2-4 million tons. For its part, the Ukrainian Seaports Authority undertook dredge the port’s waters.