A Ukrainian delegation led by its Deputy Minister of Economic
Development and Trade Ms. Nataliya Mykolska, met Secretary, Ministry of Shipping
Ravikant in New Delhi on September 12 to discuss the potential for developing
sustainable partnership between the two countries in the area of shipbuilding.
Giving an overview of ship building industry in their country, the
Ukrainian delegation invited senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping to
visit Odessa and Kiev to study the logistic chain and shipbuilding yards in
Secretary, Shipping Ravikant in turn invited Ukraine to send a
group-cum-business delegation to visit Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). CSL is
one of the major civilian shipyards in India and has become the biggest in the
country. CSL follows an open process for empanelment of vendor and procurement
is generally done through an open tender process. Secretary suggested that
interested vendors from Ukraine may contact CSL for participating in such
The issue of a MoU pending
to be signed between the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India and the
Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in the field of Maritime Transport were
also discussed. Necessary approval for signing the MoU was obtained from
the Indian side in April, 2013 but the MoU is yet to be
signed. The Ukrainian Minister assured that she would
ascertain the convenience of the Ukrainian side for having the said MoU signed
at the earliest.
Secretary also sought the support of Ukraine on the issue of India’s
candidature for election to the IMO Council under Category “B”. A formal
request has already been sent to the Ukrainian Government through the Embassy
of India in Kiev in this regard. The Ukrainian Minister responded positively
and assured that concerned authorities in Ukraine would be informed.
other members of the Ukrainian delegation were Ms. Olga
Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of
Ukraine, Dr..Igor Polikha, Ambassador of Ukraine in New Delhi, Ms.
Ivan S.Konovalov, First Secretary, Embassy of Ukraine in New Delhi, Mr.
Andre, First Secretary, Embassy of Ukraine in New Delhi and Mr. Oleksiy
Ivanyuta, Chief of Sales Department, Energomashspetsstl. Senior
officials of the Ministry of Shipping were present during the meeting.