Ukrferry spoke at «2-nd Black Sea Stakeholders Conference» held in Sofia, Bulgaria.
2-nd Black Sea Stakeholders Conference was held in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 24. Conference concentrated on outlining the issues and positive examples related to developing and deepening maritime cooperation between Black Sea states, maritime spatial and environmental sustainability as well as tourisms and fishery in the Black Sea area.
The welcome speech was delivered by Ivaylo Moskovski, Minister for Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Bulgaria
The welcoming session of the Conference was followed by
Mr Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Mrs Maria Magdalena Grigore, State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Romania
Mrs Oksana Reiter, Deputy Minister for EU Integration, Ukraine
Mr Tudor Ulianovschi, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and EU Integration, Moldova
Mrs Ketevan Moistsrapeshvili, Governor of Guria Region, Georgia
Ambassador Victor Tvircun, Secretary General, Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
The conference was held as 3 panel sessions.
In the second session the floor was taken by Mr. Kuzov Aleksey, a manager of Ukrferry Marketing and Project Department presenting Comparative analysis of condition for operating Ro-Pax ferry service in the Black and the Baltic Sea. For many years specialists of the company have been trying to demonstrate and prove that the unjustifiably high level of port charges in the ports of the Black Sea area both in terms of comparing amounts charged (for example, a Ro-Pax ferry vessel calling at a port in the Black Sea will be charged an average of more than 5 times the level of port charges in Baltic Sea for the same vessel) and in terms of the state tariff policy prevailing in the region (the Baltic ports would normally charge port dues based on the number of calls per period, whereas Black ports nearly do not apply this practice) are a key factor to preventing both regular ferry shipping and cruise industry in the Black Sea.
No wonder that particular figures and conclusions voiced in the presentation initiated vivid discussions. The limited timeframes for the panel session where the presentation was delivered didn’t allow for the Specialist of the Marketing and Project Department to answer all the questions raised and unformal discussions extended into the coffee break. Coincidentally, the issue of high port charges in Black Sea ports which hamper the development of the cruise industry in the region was also raised by Mr. Mamuka Berdzenishvilli, First Deputy of Department of Tourism and Resorts of Ajaria region presenting at the same panel session, thus increasing the overall effect of both presentations. Moderator of the panel session Mrs. Nikolina Angelkova who is Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria, was forced to recognize the problem affecting the development of regular ferry shipping and note that corresponding recommendations for consideration by a relevant structures of the European Commission will be prepared.
Well, all we have to do is wait to make sure that concerns of the ferry and cruise shipping community in the region have been resolved with the active support from all states of the region backed up by positive experience of EC-member states.
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.