Yurii Kruk, who previously headed the Yuzhny merchant seaport (Odessa region), was appointed as the acting director of the state-owned Ilyichevsky merchant seaport (Odessa region) on July 17. The Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported this, citing the Ministry of Infrastructure’s order No. 213 of July 15.

Anatolii Yeremenko was relieved of the post of acting head of the Ilyichevsky merchant seaport at his own request.

Kruk was born in Odessa on October 5, 1978. He graduated with a Master’s degree from the Odessa State Maritime Academy in March 2001 and from the Odessa National Academy of Law in March 2005.

Kruk was the commercial director of the Ukrainian National Transport Company from April 2002 to December 2007 and the head of the supervisory board of the Izmail shipyard from 2004 to May 2006. He was appointed as the acting head of the Yuzhny port in December 2007, and he headed the port from April 2008 to September 2010.

Kruk was an aide to the Minister of Transport and Communications of Ukraine from September 2010 to October 2011, and he has been the commercial director of the Ukrainian National Transport Company since October 2011.

Kruk was a deputy in the fourth Odessa city council, and he was elected to the sixth Odessa city council in November 2010.

The Ilyichevsky merchant seaport has terminals and complexes capable of loading bulk liquid

cargo, bulk dry cargo, and general cargo. The port’s 29 berths are capable of receiving vessels with cargo capacities of up to 100,000 tons. The port has a design annual capacity of more than 30 million tons. The container transshipment capacity of the port is 1.15 million TEU. Since 2007, the port has been capable of simultaneously receiving three ocean-going container ships with a capacity of over 5,000 TEU and a length of up to 300 meters.