May 25

12:00-19:30 - Social programme.Visiting of the Shabo Wine Cultural Center

Group of companies Grain Capital is the sponsor of the social program.


11:30-12:00 - Gathering at the main entrance to the hotel Black Sea (Shevchenko Park, 1/20 Marazlievskaya str.)

12:00-14:00 - Transfer Odessa-Shabo

14:00-15:30 - Excursion in the Shabo Wine Cultural Center

15:30-16:30 – Tasting

17:00 - Departure from Shabo to Odessa.


May 26

8:30-9:30 - Registration of the participants. Morning coffee

9:30-9:45 - Official opening of the conference


9:45-11:30 - Session 1. Global trading in terms of crisis in the world economy, sanctions and geopolitical risks

Moderated by Vladimir Klimenko, President of Ukrainian Grain Association

                        Arthur Nitsevych, Partner at Interlegal


9:45-10:15 Globaleconomytrends, Ukrainian realias and their impact of business

Oleg Ustenko, Executive Director, The Bleyzer Foundation


10:15-10:35 - Influence ofmilitary conflicts and sanctions on trade relations and logistics

Natalya Myroshnychenko, Associated Partner at Interlegal


10:35-11:00 - Possible defaults in terms of the current global trends in trading, and the risks of geopolitical conflicts

Job G. Rietkerk, Director Operations & Legal, BayWa Agrar International B.V. (the Netherlands)


11:00-11:15 Question to the speakers


11:15-14:40 - Session 2. Tendencies of the Ukrainian grain market and its infrastructure

Moderated by Rodion Rybchinskiy, Head of Business Projects Division of APK-Inform Agency

11:15-11:40 - Prospects for development of the Ukrainian grain market and export infrastructure in terms of global changes

Andrei Kupchenko, analyst at APK-Inform Agency


11:40-12:00 - Influence of weather and climatic conditions on the structure of crop production in Ukraine

Tatyana Adamenko, Head of Agrometeorology department at Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center, expert atRegional Environmental Center


12:00-12:45 – Coffee-break


Session 2 (continuation)


12:45-13:05 - Port and River Logistics: Problems and Investment Needs

Oleg Nivievskyi, Agricultural Policy Advisor at the World Bank Group


13:05-13:25 - PortOchakov: grain exports and development prospects

Dmitriy Zhminko, Chairman of the Board, U-Port Group

Yuri Sidorenko, Senior project manager, U-Port Group


13:25-13:40 - Market of grain transportation on the Danube river

Dmitriy Barinov, Chairman of the Board, Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company


13:40-14:00 - European trends for automation of the logistics processes. Technologies on the Ukrainian logistics market for grain cargoes transportation

Elena Tkachuk, Сo-Founder of the project Global Logistic Control


14:00-14:20 - Process optimization and acceleration of transport processing through the case of UkrTransAgro grain terminal (Mariupol)

Artem Mazny, Executive Director at UkrTransAgro LLC


14:20-14:40  - Electronic execution of intermodal transportation of export cargoes

Vyacheslav Voronoy, Deputy Head at the State Enterprise Administration of the Sea Ports of Ukraine, Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine


14:40-16:00 - Lunch


16:00-17:30 - Discussion "Formation of the joint export consignments of grains at the linear and port elevators: pros and cons" (main hall)


- Irina Dushnik, Grain & Oilseed Committee Manager at the European Business Association

- Mykolai Gorbachev, Co-head of the Grain & Oilseed Committee at the European Business Association, Director at New World Grain Ukraine

- Representative of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

- Rodion Rybchinskiy, Co-Chairman of the Board at the Association "Millers of Ukraine"

- Rafael Goroyan, President of the Group of companies Prometey


Free Optional Round Tables for conference delegates


10:00-11:15 - Round Table I. The Panama papers: how to deal with non-resident companies?

Moderator: Interlegal

  • Non-resident companies: review of offshore and onshore jurisdictions (Panama, Belize, British Virgin Islands, England, Scotland, Estonia, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Cyprus, etc.)
  • Opening and maintenance of accounts abroad: procedures and changes in the global banking customs
  • Asset protection: holdings, real estate, yacht registration, seamen accounts
  • Exchange of information and establishment of substantial presence
  • Transfer pricing in Ukraine: practice-2015
  • Fraud schemes using offshore companies


13:00-14:00 - Round Table II. Grain exports: cargo and marine insurance

Moderator: Interlegal and Marine Services Group

  • What are the charterer`s risks
  • How to get insurance for the goods in 2 minutes, and save money
  • Blitz tournament: answers to questions of public concern, and commenting on real-time situations

Form - interactive workshop with interesting prizes for active participants


17:30-17:45 - Completion of the first conference day. Meeting, negotiations


19:00-23:00 - Gala-dinner “15th Anniversary of Grain Forum”

The gala-dinner takes place in Maristella Marine Residence(Odessa, 2A Krasnykh Zor street)


May 27


9:00-09:30 - Morning coffee


09:30-11:30 - Session 3. Global grain market

Moderated by Irina Ozip, Head of information division at APK-Inform Agency

09:30-09:50 - Global grain market: key impact factors and price trends

Thomas Houghton, analyst atPlatts(UK)


09:50-10:10 - EU market: resultsof2015/16 MY, prospects of 2016/17 grain season

Francois Thaury, Consultant at Agritel International (France)


10:10-10:30 - Prospects of Ukraine on the global grain market in the season-2016/17, development of international cooperation

Vladimir Klimenko, President of Ukrainian Grain Association


10:30-10:50  - Hidden dangers for work of Ukrainian grain traders with importers

Roman Rusakov, Head of trading department at PJSC State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine

10:50-11:10 – Indonesia Port Regulation and its impact on grain imports

Mr. Nuzul Achjar Ph.D Faculty of Economics, Universitas Indonesia


11:10-11:30 - Question to the speakers


11:30-12:15 - Coffee-break


12:15-14:30 - Session 4. Marine transportationof grain cargoes-2016/17

Moderated by Nikolay Melnikov, Partner at Interlegal

12:15-12:35 - What vessels can improve the efficiency of maritime transportation of grains

Aleksander Egorov, Marine Engineering Bureau


12:35-12:55 - Freight and long-term commitments on the depressed market

Mikhail Gerasimov, Seatrek Trans Pte ltd, Singapore


12:55-13:15 - Grain shipments to Turkey, Middle East and North Africa

Andrey Perepelitsa, Senior lawyer at Interlegal


13:15-13:30 - Effectiveness of the new Silk Road

Valerian Imnaishvili, Interlegal Georgia


13:30-14:30 - Paneldiscussionofthemarketparticipants: “Shippers’ criteria of selecting vessels for grain shipment”


Gennady Ivanov, Phaeton

Mikhail Gerasimov, Seatrek

Nikos Marmatsouris, GAC Shipping

Dmitriy Karpov,Nibulon

Maksym Sheremet, BayWa

AndreiSmirnov, Metinvest-holding


14:30-16:00 - Lunch


16:00-17:30 - Session 5. Panel discussion“Development of small-scale transshipment in Ukraine, and fumigation of exported grain cargoes”

Moderated by Arthur Nitsevych, Partner at Interlegal


– Cargo transshipment in the small ports of Ukraine

Andrei Shkliar, Center for Transport Strategies


- Shipments of grain by-products from the Ukrainian ports

Andrei Kupchenko, analyst at APK-Inform Agency


- Transshipment and transportation of goods by the Dnieper River

Vitaliy Dzhenkov, Ukrrichflot


- New successful transshipment project in the port of Mykolaiv

Oleg Bigdan, Bunge Ukraine


Special topic: Fumigation of exported grain cargoes

Co-moderator: Vladimir Torsky, Nautical Institute of Ukraine, Odessa National Maritime Academy (ONMA)

- International and national requirements for marine vessels equipping with facilities for cargo fumigation on board

Natalya Myroshnychenko, Interlegal


Safety of maritime and grain businesses, lifesaving and health maintenance of sailors – Case-study

Evgenii Belobrov, Scientific-Research Institute of Transport Medicine


- Presentation of Emergency Response Center

Free Optional Round Tables for conference delegates


10:30-11:30 - Round Table III. What you need to know about English law and arbitration in London

Moderator: Interlegal

  • LMAA, GAFTA, FOSFA, High Court of Justice
  • Arrest of vessels and cargoes
  • Typical cases of defaults of foreign trade sales contracts for goods and marine charters in the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, Azov and Caspian Seas
  • Fraud in the maritime transport
  • Case-study


13:00-14:30 - Round Table ІV. Conflict management in crisis terms

Moderator: Natalya Sashkina, business coach, personal growth coach, consultant, Razvitie agency

  • Characteristic features of the modern Ukrainian crisis
  • Anti-crisis strategies
  • Bailout management


17:30-18:00 - Conclusion of the conference, summing up the conference work


19:00 - Annual Odessa Shipping Dinner 2016 – Otrada Beach Club

(1, Azarova str.)

Requires individual registration

May 28

15:00 - Football tournament 'Odessa Shipping Cup 2016'

FC "Chernomorets" training base (1A Azarova str.)

Free of charge for all participants