On September 30th, the round table «Ukraine’s place in the European maritime community. The future and prospects of the maritime industry in the context of global economic challenges.” was took place in Mykolaiv. The event, organized by the Delegation of the European Union in Ukraine and Team Europe Mykolaiv, was held as part of the annual European Maritime Day. Ukrainian Maritime Cluster, Marine Design Engineering Mykolayiv (MDEM), and the Mykolaiv Regional Business Support Center became co-organizers of Mykolaiv’s event.
The foundation of the Ukrainian Maritime Cluster (UMC) was laid in Mykolaiv in 2018. Its development should help to solve the urgent problems of shipbuilding enterprises. Such an organization can effectively promote the reproduction of industrial supply chains, protect business owners’ rights, lobby for favorable legislative initiatives, marketing services, products, etc. especially when the state support is limited or missing.
Roman Khanzhyn, Executive Director of UMC, also noted the importance of joining the European network of maritime clusters, which today concentrate more than 25,000 enterprises. Cluster tools of united Europe provide broad opportunities for business interaction – fund development, target markets, contractors, investments, etc.
Serhii Hurskyi, Executive Director of «Oсean» Shipyard, and Mykola Hapeiev, Head of Marketing, mentioned UMC’s informational support during the raiders’ attack on the shipyard in January 2020. They noted that currently, «Ocean» regains its position in the shipbuilding market. The use of marketing and information resources of the Cluster will be useful for finding new orders and strengthening the business reputation.