The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure has announced the participants in the concession tender for the state-owned Kherson Commercial Seaport. Applications were accepted from October 8 to December 6 this year.

As the CFTS correspondent reports, Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklyi announced the four participants in the concession tender on December 9.

Following are the participants in the concession tender:

1. Busserk Liman İşletme Loj. Hizm. Ltd.ŞTİ, which is a Turkish stevedoring company. It operates in three ports in Turkey – the Gubretas port (since 2016), the Isdenir port (since 2017), and the Giresun port (since 2019). Busserk handles bulk, bulk and container shipments. The company has a storage capacity of more than 500,000 tons.

Busserk Liman İşletme Loj. Hizm. Ltd.ŞTİ was founded in 2013. The Turkish logistics company Erkport Lojistik owns 50% of the shares in the company and Emrah Gezgin owns 50%.

2. Kherson Seaport Special Company LLC, which is a consortium consisting of Ascet Shipping (40%) and the Ukrainian grain trader Global Grain LLC (60%).

Ascet Shipping operates in the Berdiansk, Mariupol, Mykolaiv, Odesa, and Kherson seaports. Global Grain is a Ukrainian grain trader that operates in the Kherson region. The company’s main operation focuses on sale of grain, raw tobacco, seeds, and animal feed.

3. The Risoil-Kherson LLC consortium, which consists of Petro Oil and Chemicals (60%), which is part of the Georgian industrial Group, and the port operator Risoil S.A. (Switzerland) (40%).

The Georgian Industrial Group is one of the largest industrial groups in Georgia. It operates in various industries, with a focus on the energy sector (production and trade in electricity, refueling and trade in natural gas). The Georgian Industrial Group also engages in commercial real estate, building materials, and metal manufacturing.

Risoil terminals operate in the port of Chornomorsk, handling grain and oil. The other assets of the company include the Marine Technical Center, which specializes in provision of comprehensive services involving transshipment of containers and bulk cargo.

4. Ukrmorport LLC, a consortium that includes PJSC Kremenchug River Port (10%) and the Yuran LLC DP YUROL subsidiary (40%), which is linked to the Odesa seaport’s operator Brooklyn-Kiev and the Justice and Law LLC law firm (50%).

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, it hopes to announce the winner of the concession tender in mid-January 2020, and the participants in the concession tender for the Olvia seaport should be announced on December 17.

As reported earlier, the concession tender is for the package of assets that is used for integrated provision of services in the Kherson seaport, including assets of the state-owned Kherson Commercial Seaport and assets of the state-owned Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA), as listed by the concessor, as well as facilities that must be specially created (built) in accordance with the terms of the concession contract. Concession will be granted for 30 (thirty) years based on the results of the concession tender.