The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority intends to add 20 vessels to its fleet. Hennadii Haras, the head of the fleet department at the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, announced this at the "Ukrainian Shipyard Day 2017” conference, which was held at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (ACC) on Wednesday, the CFTS correspondent reports.

"We plan to buy or build about 20 vessels in the period from 2017 to 2021. About UAH 5 billion will be spent on these purposes," the Ukrainian Seaports Authority’s representative said. Almost half of this amount (UAH 2.2 billion) will be spent on purchase of an icebreaker.

Haras presented a fleet renewal program for the period of 2017-2021 during the conference. The program provides for purchase of six pilot boats, seven multipurpose vessels, and an icebreaker. It also provides for adding a survey boat, a self-propelled suction dredger, and self-propelled split hopper to the port authority’s dredging fleet.

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority currently has a fleet of 126 vessels. Almost half of the vessels are concentrated in three branches of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority: Delta Lotsman (31 vessels), the Izmail Port Authority (16 vessels), and the Yuzhny port authority (13 vessels). The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority purchased only one multipurpose vessel (Sea Ant), which was built at the Kherson shipyard, last year. 

As reported earlier, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority will invest UAH 3.5 billion in modernization and development of port infrastructure in 2017.