In accordance with the Action Plan of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation with the official support of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine the 16th international conference “Transit potential of Ukraine. Efficient infrastructure and logistics for transport in South-Eastern Europe” took place on October 16-17 in Odessa.

The conference was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Odessa Regional State Administration, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the Permanent Secretariat of Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA, Black and Azov Seas Port Association (BASPA), Black Sea International Shipowners Association (BINSA), the Federation of Transport Employers of Ukraine, heads of international and Ukrainian shipping companies, owners of carriage rolling stock, shipping lines and ports, exporters and cargo owners, financial institutions, insurance companies and banks. The conference was attended by over 100 delegates from Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Azerbaijan, India, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Moldova, Georgia.

According to the program of the conference the following plenary sessions have been held: “Sea and river ports in terms of reforms in Ukraine. International transport corridors”, “Strategic development of the railway market in Ukraine”, “Development of transport and logistics markets. Realities and Prospects”. The first deputy head of the South Customs tax authority of Ukraine Y. Sokolov, head of the Federation of Transport Employers of Ukraine O. Klympush, head of the Odessa branch of the Administration of seaports of Ukraine M. Sokolov, Chief Commercial Officer of Ukrferry V. Chernievskiy, head of project and structured finance of Exim Consulting LLC I. Stelmakh, CEO of Interfreight T. Pushkina etc. shared their experience with the conference participants.

As a primary focus of Interfreight is project cargo transportation, as well as the transportation of oversized and heavy cargo, the report of Tatyana Pushkina was solely based on the practical experience on the topic “Designing of oversized cargo handling.” While reporting Tatyana has showed participants the process of organizing transportations of oversized and heavy cargoes, namely, specially configured software which controls the planning and preparation processes of project cargo in Interfreight. It should be noted that it is absolutely an innovative approach in handling oversized cargo, which includes the use of virtual models of objects and situations, the use of electronic transport drawings that allow you to simulate a load on the computer screen, to select an appropriate semitrailer truck and to present a real three-dimensional scheme of centrally loaded semitrailer truck with axial loads. Also during preparation of the project they use area sketches, e-maps with fixed limits which may affect the transportation route, a geographic information system, and our own vector map of roads in Ukraine, which can simulate the route of a truck on the road accurate to thousandths of a degree. The time spent on drafting is dramatically reduced.

Modern IT technologies have contributed to the oversized cargo handling in Interfreight. Projects are created faster, become more safely and easier to understand, and this is particularly important, because for project implementation it is necessary to involve specialists of various profiles and qualifications. Organization of cargo handling in our company allows combining the efforts; therefore, having a smoothly running interaction system the freight company has advantages in efficiency and quality of services.

It is noteworthy that all the speeches caused a large number of questions that immediately were actively discussed. The discussion platform of the conference demonstrated the interest of all the parties in the development of mechanisms of interaction between businesses and government agencies in solving transport problems and obtaining information about new theoretical approaches to the issues framed in the conference topics, as well as contributed to the consolidation of the participants.

“The International Black Sea Transport Forum plays a key role in the implementation of the priority tasks for the transport industry of Ukraine, promotes the search for new investment sources for the development of transport and road infrastructure, as well as the development of international transit traffic”, - said V. Kornienko, Deputy Minister, the Head of the Staff of the Ukraine Ministry of Infrastructure.