The first Ukrainian event within the framework of European Maritime Day was held in Mykolaiv


On Wednesday, June 6th, in Mykolaiv, the round table “Small Vessels Service Cluster” took place. The event brought together more than 40 directors and managers of companies working in design, building, repair, maintenance of yachts and small vessels, trade, ship freight, coastal service, crewing, rental, restaurants, and seaside hotels. Within the round table framework, the participants discussed the context of small shipbuilding and services in Ukraine, the current opportunities and obstacles to the development of this business, the model of stakeholders’ cooperation for the development of industry, and the cluster foundation project. As a result of the round table, participants discussed and determined an interregional working group’s establishment to found a Small Vessel Service Cluster.

As the Business Support Center director, Artem Vashchylenko, said – such an event takes place in Ukraine for the first time. It is organized within the European Maritime Community European Maritime Day annual meeting, founded by the European Council, the European Parliament, and the European Commission. These days, problems related to the maritime industry will be discussed with experts from the maritime regions of European countries. Mykolaiv city mayor Oleksandr Syenkevych thanked the round table’s initiators, noting the great importance of such events for Mykolaiv. – Shipbuilding in Mykolaiv is beginning to revive. I am sure, if we persistently go towards the goal, we will return Mykolaiv’s former glory of the shipbuilders’ city – the mayor of Mykolaiv told, having emphasized that for maintenance of dynamic development of shipbuilding the state support is necessary. The city mayor also underscores the importance of the round table participants’ work. Oleksandr Senkevych pointed out that despite all the difficulties the industry faces today, thanks to their dedication, professionalism, and the adoption of non-standard decisions, they have a new impact on shipbuilding development. – I want to wish everyone fruitful work. I am sure that today’s round table will provide an opportunity to develop essential decisions that play a positive role in developing such an important industry as shipbuilding, – Oleksandr Syenkevych said. Volodymyr Parsyak, Doctor of Sciences in Economics, Professor, Dean of Faculty of Marine Economics of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding, spoke about modern shipbuilding prospects. According to him, this industry has a huge potential because all planet’s shipyards annually produce 1200-1500 vessels, and tens of thousands of people of various specialties are involved in shipbuilding. – Maritime transport accounts for 90 percent of world trade transportations. Besides, by using vessels of the appropriate types, people perform many other tasks: search and rescue, environmental clean-up, exploration and extraction of oil, other minerals, fishing, scientific research, etc. According to Bloomberg, the capitalization of world shipbuilding has reached under such conditions, $ 100 billion, – added Volodymyr Parsyak.

Source: Mykolaiv City Council website

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