Decrease in total cargo turnover as a result of the spread of COVID-19

On May 6, 2021, representatives of Dnipro Cargo Limited, as members of the Kherson Seaport Council, took part in an online Council meeting on topical issues of the Kherson Seaport activities.

The Council routinely analyzed the Kherson Seaport performance indicators of the 1st quarter of 2021.

Unfortunately, the current period demonstrates a decrease of 35.9% in total turnover versus the same period in the previous year and the targeted data. The external factors (the consequences of the spread of COVID-19 with its overall impact on economic downfall; decline in grains and its derivatives handling due to worse harvest in the 2020 marketing year versus the 2019 record year) and internal factors (the twice announced ice campaign in the first quarter of 2021) influenced such downturn.

Representatives of port operators and stevedoring companies also joined the discussion, providing data on the actual decline of cargo handling and specifying the reasons for such drop.

Among other issues, the Kherson Seaport Council members were informed about the implementation of the Kherson Seaport Development Plan for the short- (5 years), medium- (10 years) and long-term (25 years) period, as well as about the new version of the Procedure for drawing up, approval and monitoring of seaports’ development plans.

The meeting resulted in an agreement on items relating to further activities of the Kherson Seaport. Also, participants defined joint actions to resolve issues and improve the Kherson Seaport operations, aiming to increase cargo turnover in 2021 and provide for the region competitiveness as a whole.