The management of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, with support from the Ministry of Infrastructure, intends to hold a meeting with domestic and leading international dredging companies interested in the Ukrainian market on 3 February.

The meeting will take place at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, the CFTS portal reports, citing information from the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.

"We have a clear task before us today, which is to facilitate dredging work at seaports within the period specified in commitments under agreements, with a significant increase in the transparency of tender procedures and the quality of tender documentation. For this, we are inviting all companies interested in the Ukrainian market and hoping for constructive dialogue with them," the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’s head Raivis Veckagans said.

The companies invited to participate in this event include Baggerbedrijf de Boer (Netherlands), Royal Boskalis Westminster (Netherlands), Deme (Belgium), Rohde Nielsen A/S (Denmark), Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors Company (Netherlands), TOA Corporation (Japan), Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea), China Communications Construction Company (China), National Marine Dredging Company (UAE), Jan de Nul NV (Luxembourg), and Civil Engineering and Technical Fleet JSC (Bulgaria).

As reported, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’s acting head Veckagans recently said that implementation of port development plans, including dredging operations, were among his main priorities. However, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority needs to reestablish relations with leading Ukrainian and international dredging companies.

As the CFTS also reported, five companies on the international dredging market operate a fleet of 175 ships. The five leading companies include Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., Van Oord Ship Management B.V., Deme NV, National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), and Jan de Nul NV.

This information was published by the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC). The IADC is made up of a total of about 120 companies, which are registered in the Netherlands, France, Italy, Norway, India, Singapore, Cyprus, and other countries. However, none of the subsidiaries of the international dredging companies registered in Ukraine is a member of the IADC.