VII-th Annual Shipbroker’s Dinner 26th of May 2017

The VII-th Annual Shipbroker’s Dinner was held on the 26th of May 2017. It welcomed over 350 guests from 30 countries. The Dinner was an excellent occasion to meet the Shipping community and agricultural, steel, fertilizer traders of Ukraine.

Posted on Wed, 4 Apr 2018

Round table discussion on Ukrainian Port Costs

8th April, 2015


The Ukrainian Shipbroker's Club (Maritime Business Club found and headed by Alexander Varvarenko in 2011) held a round table discussion on Port Tariffs in Ukrainian Ports.

The tariffs in Ukrainian ports are still calculated according to Soviet methodology, created during the mid last Century. When Ukraine gained its independence, the new elected government spent little time bringing the important and necessary reforms, and found no better way than to change the Port Charges by amending currency from Roubles to Dollars, leaving everything else untouched.

Over the last 25 years little changes were made to the Port Charges. And almost no changes when it comes to their distribution.

The structure of Port Charges in Ukraine are well set, where all funds are split between the various needs to maintain port and canal draft maintenance, berth and infrastructure construction and reconstruction, pilotage, administration and so on.

However in reality, hardly any of these port charges are being spent on maintenance and reconstruction of ports. Ukrainian ports have today become a resemblance of an old and inefficient Soviet infrastructure. And that despite being the most expensive in the world.

From the attached table one can clearly see a huge gap between the Port Charges in Ukrainian and other black Sea ports.

Charges for a Panamax vary by $150.000 per port call. And the unfortunate fact is not only that Ukrainian ports lose to competition when it comes to attracting transit cargo, but also that the ports themselves see hardly none if any of this money. Almost no works are being done to improve port infrastructure by the State or the port Administrations themselves.. Roads are of poor condition. Any new project developed within the port area today must include the construction of the berthing facilities apart from the usual terminal and lifting and handling infrastructure. 

All this has influenced the port and transport structure, as well as the turnover of Ukrainian ports over the last years, making them less attractive to the main trades. 

Alexander Varvarenko (CEO of Varamar Group) is not the first to raise such concern. The European Business Association  (, that includes a number of Stevedoring and Trading companies, as well as Nibulon (one of the countries leading agricultural holdings) have advanced in addressing this topic. The aim of the round table was to broaden the group of those working on the new Port Charges reform to a greater scale, involving also the key players of the Shipping and Forwarding sector, the city, regional and port administrations.

It is evident to everyone involved in Ukrainian transport and foreign trade, that further delay in reforms will not only destroy the remaining infrastructure, but also lead to a further drop in transit. Meanwhile the cost of Ukrainian export in today's competing world will continue to lose out to that of Turkey, Romania and Russia. 

In the next few months this action group will try and come to a joint strategy and vision at to how the Port charges must be changed, and how could these charges be spent more efficiently.

Posted on Sun, 12 Jun 2016

VI the Ukrainian Shipbroker's Dinner - 27 May 2016

This year's VI-th Annual Ukrainian Shipbroker's Dinner, for the first time, gathered most of the ukrainian Shipping Industry players.

Among the guests were key managers and directors from:  Aquavita, Phaethon, Varamar, Vernal, MB Vhipping, Graincorp, PrimeTransport, Tranship and others.

The Shipbroker's Dinner finally becomes a true Main Shipping event of the year, with gusts from over 22 countries and hundreds of guests.



Posted on Sun, 12 Jun 2016

Vth Annual Shipbroker's Dinner - 29 May 2015

The 5th Annual Shipbroker's Dinner was held on 29h of May 2015.

The format of the dinner has changed, leading to a more interactive and comfortable atmosphere.

The event hosted attendees from 16 countries, including Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UAE, India, Korea, Netherlands and other.


Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2015

IV-th Annual Shipbroker's Dinner - 30 May 2014

On the 30h of May 2014 our we hosted out 4th Annual Shipbroker’s Dinner in Odessa. Over 242 guests, including international guests from over 22 countries joined this event.  The list of guests included traders, shipowners, brokers and forwarders, such as:

    •    Phaethon
    •    Metinvest
    •    Stemcor
    •    Duferco
    •    Rusal
    •    BPC
    •    Varamar
    •    Nortrop
    •    Dealex
    •    Navitramp
    •    Vernal
    •    Petrel
    •    and other

Posted on Fri, 30 May 2014

III-rd Annual Shipbroker's Dinner - 24 May 2013

On the 24h of May 2013 our Club hosted its 3rd and largest so far dinner of the Odessa Shipbroker's Commnity. 
The Dinner welcomed over 326 guests and participants from over 28 countries including forwarders, shipbrokers, shipagents, traders and producers. 
The attendees included:

            - Stemcor
            - Duferco
            - MetInvest 
            - Belaruskali
            - Nortrop
            - Vernal
            - Varamar




Posted on Fri, 24 May 2013

Shipbroker's Club Meeting on the 25th October

Ukrainian Shipbroker's Club invites their Members to the next Session/Meeting that will take place on 25th October at 18:00.
This Session/Meeting will be dedicated to the delegation of Dutch Shipping / Shipbuilding / Ship-finance and other Shipping related companies.
Entrance for Members of the Club only.

The main point of interest are:
- Maritime design and engineering
- Brokerage, purchase, sale and financing of existing vessels
- Rudder and steering gear installations
- Bulk, general and project cargo, containers shipping, Ro-Ro vessels and specialized tankers
- Transporting of chemicals and refined oils
- Dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind), improvement of
infrastructure and quality of soil
- Industrial heat exchangers
- Epoxy- and polymertechniques, alignment of machinery and equipment
- General and tailor-made steel wire, ropes, shipsrigging- and lifting equipment: supply and servicing
- River shipping.

List of visiting companies:

Caruton BSO BV

Rensen Driessen Scheepsmakelaardij BV
Van der Velden Marine Systems
Imperial De Graave
O. Slokkers BV
GEA Bloksma
Van Oord
Vermeulen Europort
Bloem Doze Nienhuis
Menkar BV
Vof Wolkap
2012-09-13 18:59

Posted on Thu, 13 Sep 2012

II-nd Annual Shipbroker's dinner in Odessa

The II-nd annual Ukrainian Shipbroker’s Reception and Diner took place on the 1st of June.

The amount of participants has doubled from last year to 209, consisting of brokers, maritime specialists and traders from over 24 countries. Some of the guests well known to all were Stemcor, EMS Shipping, Spliethoff, Flinter Shipping, Briese Reederei, Rusal, Hoegh and others.

The event took place in a renowned Otrada Beach Club accompanied by life Jazz.

Posted on Fri, 1 Jun 2012

I-st Ukrainian Shipbroker's Dinner in Odessa - 03.06.2011

The creation USBC is closely connected with the newly established tradition of gathering all Maritime and Shipping experts, as well as their clients to a joint event on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. 

The first Annual Dinner included 124 participants from 11 different nations, including Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Turkey and Latvia.

We look forward to more visitors next year!

Posted on Thu, 26 May 2011