The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority has invited tenders for construction of a trailing suction hopper dredger. The technical requirements for the vessel and the qualification requirements for participation in the tender are published in the ProZorro electronic public procurement system.

According to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Ukrainian and international shipbuilding companies are invited to submit tenders. To ensure equal conditions, the tender documentation is published in the Ukrainian and English languages. Tenders are to be submitted to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority by October 18. The expected cost of the dredger is UAH 691.2 million.

"The program for upgrading the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’s fleet in the period of 2017-2021 provides for purchase of 20 modern floating facilities. We are starting its implementation with purchase of a dredger, and our financial plan for the current year provides for such an investment. Purchase of a dredger is a priority because the Ukrainian Seaports Authority needs to remove 8-10 million cubic meters of alluvial soil during maintenance dredging every year. Acquisition of a dredger will allow us to increase the volume of such operations that we perform with our own facilities without hiring contractors,” said Raivis Veckagans, the head of the Ukrainian Seaports Authority.

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’s dredging fleet currently consists of a Skif non-self-propelled dredger, which includes an MZ-348 multicat vessel; a Meotida trailing suction hopper dredger; a Tiligulsky trailing suction hopper dredger; an Ingulsky trailing suction hopper dredger; a Rion dredging convoy (which includes a Rion multi-bucket dredger, a Krymska-3 hopper barge, a Krymska-9 hopper barge, and an MZ-318 multicat vessel). 

As reported, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority presented a program for upgrading its fleet in the period of 2017-2021 at the "Ukrainian Shipyard Day 2017” conference, which it organized jointly with the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (ACC) on June 21. The program provides for purchase of 20 vessels, including six pilot boats, seven multipurpose oil-scoop vessels, and a modern icebreaker for ensuring navigation safety on the Sea of Azov. It also provides for adding a survey boat, a self-propelled suction dredger, and self-propelled split hopper to its dredging fleet.