"The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has
initiated a maritime industry reform," Volodymyr Omelyan,
the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, said.
According to the Minister, reforming the state enterprise
Ukrainian Seaports Authority (SE USPA) is the key in the maritime industry
"Despite the repeated attempt of the Government and the
Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine to normalize the work of SE USPA, this
state enterprise has remained to be a model of inefficiency, corruption and
abuse. There are also many questions concerning the management of USPA. In
addition, no such resistance there has been anywhere, as from USPA management,
against any proposals of the Ministry to organize the work of USPA. All our
resolutions are being blocked or ignored. Therefore, we must change USPA
management, which will be our first step in the comprehensive maritime industry
reform," Volodymyr Omelyan said.
He noted that respective changes had been announced at the
beginning of December 2016. "Perhaps, this caused the management, which we
are currently changing, to issue to themselves individual bonuses in the amount
of UAH 700 thousand to 1.5 million in December 2016. And these are mere
officially issued bonuses. We can only imagine the extent of abuses at the
state enterprise," the Minister of Infrastructure urged.
The Minister also noted that in order to facilitate the work
of USPA, the Ministry has appointed Mr Serhiy Gronsky as its acting CEO. "This is a temporary
measure to establish a normal business dialogue between the Ministry and USPA,
as well as to stop the abuses that have been occurring in the company. This week,
there will be appointed a new acting CEO of USPA, Mr Raivis
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine stressed that
changing USPA management is one of the stages of the maritime industry upgrading.
"The comprehensive reform provides for the establishment of the Maritime
Administration, which will take over the full role of USPA. In addition, there
will be conducted significant optimization of the company’s structure and
staff. The key tasks are changing the management, reforming, and corporatization
as required by Ukrainian legislation."
is a citizen of Latvia, with over a 16-year successful experience in management
of companies in transportation and logistics sectors, shipping and financial
services. He held the positions of a member of the Management Board,
Vice-President of JSC Latvian Shipping Company, a member of the Board of Rigas Centralais Terminals, the
largest bulk and general cargo processing port terminal in the Baltic States,
Chairman of the Board at Riga Container Terminal Ltd.