UKRFERRY IS CELEBRATING THE 21st DAY OF BIRTH ON OCTOBER 18
This age is believed to mark a point at which a person becomes mature, having gained ample life experience and knowledge. For a shipping company working in the international market this is the age of infancy, though not under Ukrainian conditions. Since the day of inception Ukrferry was not only engaged in production activities but had to grapple with bureaucrats at all levels to defend its right to living, the right to be an independent stated-owned at first, private entity at a later stage. The right to determine on its own the business plans and development strategy, tariff policy and service providers, to choose business partners and to invest the funds earned in further development. The right to work in compliance with the Law of Ukraine rather than the personal requests of high-ranking officials.
These are the trials Ukrferry have passed successfully having transformed itself from a piece of a bankrupt Black Sea Shipping Company to a Company with a world name. Today, Ukrferry operates up-to-date Ro-Pax vessels with an annual turnover numbered in tens of thousands of ro-ro units and million tons. Ukrferry has long been known not only as a black sea ferry operator but also as a commercial and technical manager of general purpose tonnage, as a travel company and a crewing agency as well as a specialized software developer. Behind all of this is day-to-day routine work of seafarers and shore based personal, management staff and of course the ability to foresee and the affection towards to the cause by Alexander Kurliand, the founder and Chairman of Ukrferry.
“We have lived through a lot of things during the 21 years of existence” – said President of Ukrferry Alexander Kurlyand. “But we never reneged on the main principl – transparency and exceptional legality is the guarantee underlying the company’s existence. It’s therefore hard to make the Company be a part to dubious projects or sponsor politicians. All we have been doing and keep doing today is the consequence of our understanding of usefulness and expediency. We believe in the future of Ukraine, the future of marine national industry and we do not stay away as a bystanders but take an active part in projects that aim to take transport industries of Ukraine to the international level. And we believe the day will come that Ukraine will be able to claim to be a maritime power rather than a state by the sea.”
Authored: Alexander Fedorov, press-secretary of Shipowners of Ukraine
The first broadcast in a series of reports on the Black Sea of the famous British media corporation BBC, recorded in June 2017 on board ferries of “Ukrferry”, as well as in Odessa, Georgia and Turkey has been released.