Preliminary programme


May 23-24  | GPD Commodity Shipping Course, organized by GAFTA

Requires separate registration!

Please contact, +38 044 290 82 90 (93)



5B, Gagarin Plato,
65009 Ukraine


May 24 | Registration

16:00–20:00 - Registration of participants in the lobby of the hotel Atlantic Garden Resort

Location: Atlantic Garden Resort, Odessa

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May 25 | Conference Grain & Maritime Days in Odessa, DAY 1


Location: Risoil Terminal, City Commercial Sea Port of Chornomorsk, (former Illichivs'k)

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Since pass control operates at the sea port, please provide the following information in advance:

  • passport data: full information about the conference participant in Ukrainian or Russian (surname, full name, patronymics, passport series and No.) shall be submitted to the APK-Inform Organization Committee not later than May 7, 2017, in order to facilitate issuing the participant’s pass dd. 25.05.17. If participants fail to provide the necessary information in advance, security service may not allow them to enter the territory of the commercial sea port and Risoil terminal.
  • in case of personal transport vehicle: your automobile state No. and model shall be submitted to the APK-Inform Organization Committee not later than May 7, 2017, in order to facilitate issuing the vehicle’s pass dd. 25.05.17. 
  • For sponsors, advertisers, information sponsors: the list of advertising projects (books, notes, booklets, pens, souvenirs etc.) and advertising equipment (banners and banner constructions) shall be submitted to the APK-Inform Organization Committee not later than May 14, 2017.

Please send this information by email: or marked "RISOIL"

Identifying document shall be provided on 25.05.2017. Each participant shall provide the identifying passport to security service while entering the territory of the commercial sea port and Risoil terminal. If there is no such document, security service may not allow the participant to enter the territory of the commercial sea port and Risoil terminal.

Thank you for understanding and cooperation!

In case of any questions, please contact the APK-Inform Organization Committee.

00380 562 320795 (multichannel)


08:00-09:00 – Meeting of participants nearby Atlantic Garden Resort Hotel, registration in the hotel lobby. Boarding buses

09:00-09:10 – Bus departing the hotel

09:00-10:00 – Transferring by bus/ private cars to Risoil Terminal, Commercial Sea Port of Chornomorsk, Chornomorsk (former Illichivsk)

10:00-12:00 – Registration procedure to access to the port. Traveling to the conference zone, additional registration for those who not registered at the hotel, coffee break

12:00-12:30 – Official opening of the conference. Welcoming speeches of the organizers, the General Sponsor and Exclusive Sponsor, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, management teams of the State Enterprise Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Commercial Sea Port of Chornomorsk, and Odessa regional administration


12:30-14:00 – Panel discussion  "Development of agribusiness in the current environment of Ukraine"

- New geo-economic trends. Risks and opportunities for agrarian business in terms of the major uncertainty

- Investment climate in Ukraine. How to keep and attract investments in the agricultural sector of Ukraine and its infrastructure in terms of economic instability

- State support of agricultural business in Ukraine, investment raising, land reform, taxes

- Development trends of the Ukrainian maritime infrastructure

- Cooperation between the authorities and business: possible dialogue


- representative of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (to be confirmed)

Oleg Ustenko, Executive Director, The Bleyzer Foundation

Eugen Osmochescu, World Bank Group, Head of the IFC project Ukraine Investment Climate for Agribusiness

Ivan Miroshnychenko, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Member of the Parliamentary Committee on agrarian policy and land relations

- representative of the State Enterprise Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (to be confirmed)

Shota Khajishvili, CEO of Representative Office at RISOIL S.A. in Ukraine

Rodion Rybchinskiy, Head of Business project unit, APK-Inform Agency


14:00-15:00 – Lunch

15:00-16:00 – Excursion at the terminal Risoil

16:00-16:40 – Presentation of Risoil

- Annual results of Risoil terminals

Oleg Fotchenko, Director at JV RISOIL TERMINAL Ltd. 

- Achievements and prospects for development of Risoil grain terminal

Tatyana Kulikova, Deputy Director on grain cargoes at JV RISOIL TERMINAL Ltd.


16:40-17:00 – Legal issues for development of port terminals in the transshipment of export grain and oilseed cargoes

Natalya Myroshnychenko, Associate partner at Interlegal, International law officesPresident at WISTA Ukrainian


17:00-18:00 – Round table "Phytosanitary control in Ukraine vs market expansion for Ukrainian agricultural products"

Moderator – Irina Dushnik, Grain & Oilseed Committee Manager, European Business Association

- Phytosanitary condition of crops in Ukraine

- Conformity of the qualitative indices of export batches of agricultural goods with the phytosanitary requirements of countries-importers. Possible causes of breach

- Strengthening of phytosanitary control in Ukraine

- Fumigation of grain cargoes for maritime transportation: international rules, conditions in Ukraine

- Common quality issues in international grain trade


- Oleg Nivievskyi, Agricultural policy adviser, World Bank Group

- Volodymyr Lapa, Chairman of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection

- Andrey Chelombitko, Director of the phytosanitary security and seed farming control department, State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection

- Vladyslav Sedyk, President at the Phytosanitary Association of Ukraine


- Olena Ptashenchuk, Lawyer, Interlegal, International law offices, MICS, LL.M. IMO IMLI


18:00-18:15 – Completion of the first conference day, summing up

18:15-20:00 – Cocktail-party

20:00-21:00 – Transfer of participants from Chornomorsk (former Illichivsk) to Odessa


May 26 | Conference Grain & Maritime Days in Odessa, DAY 2


Location: Atlantic Garden Resort, Odessa

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09:00-10:00 – Welcoming coffee


10:00-12:00 – Session 1. Global grain market: demand & supply, development forecast in 2017/18 MY

Moderator: Irina Ozip, APK-Inform Agency

- Tendencies of the global grain market in terms of high supply. Competition on the market of raw materials. Forecast for 2017/18 MY

Zsolt Vincze, Deputy Vice-President of the leading US investment company R.J. O'Brien

- Prospects for Ukrainian grain trading with Asian countries

Andrey Novoselov, grain and oilseed markets analyst, Agritel

- Prospective sales markets for Ukrainian grains and its by-products (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Vladimir Kalashlinskiy, expert in logistics and trade

- MENA region: prospects for grain trade in the season-2017/18

Hesham Soliman, President, Mediterranean Star for Trading Company

- Egypt grains market - changes in 2017 and beyond

Hesham M. Hassanein, Middle East & North Africa Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


12:00-12:45 – Coffee-break


12:45-14:30 – Session 2. Maritime transportation of grain cargoes

Moderator – Arthur Nitsevych, Partner, lawyer, Interlegal, International law offices, Member of LMAA and SCMA, FNI

- Global freight in the season-2017/18: whether the transport component to change in the structure of grain price

Alex Younevitch, Managing Editor for EMEA freight markets, S&P Global Platts

- Features of maritime transportation of grains in the Black Sea - 2017 (case study)

AndreyPerepelitsa, Senior lawyer, ACIArb, Interlegal, International law offices

- Charter of a ship - golden rules: shipowner's view vs trader`s view 

Vitaliy Smilyk, Aquavita International

Panel discussion "Contemporary challenges for shipping":

  • Global risks
  • Local risks
  • Reputation of broker, carrier, trader, and other players of the market
  • Reliable sources of information and analysts
  • Risk-management
  • Advanced training of young specialists, etc.

Panel members:

Vitaliy Smilyk, Aquavita International

Nikolay Sokolov, Ultrabulk Parcel Service A/S

Gennadiy Ivanov, Phaethon International

Constantin Voynarovskiy/ Igor Violin, Milestone Shipping

Maksym Sheremet, BayWa

Elena Neroba, Lars Export

Andrey Perepelitsa, Interlegal

Deniz Geldigitti, Nortrop


14:30-15:30 – Lunch


15:30-17:30 – Session 3. Development trends of the Ukrainian grain market: production, exports, logistics


Moderator: Rodion Rybchinskiy, Head of Business project unit at APK-Inform Agency

 - Ukrainian grain market: results of 2016/17 MY, forecasts for 2017/18 MY

Andrey Kupchenko, grain market analyst, APK-Inform Agency

- Alternate segment of the grain market: prospective grains and pulses

Antonina Sklyarenko, President at the Public Association “Community of Pulse Producers and Customers of Ukraine”

- Logistics vs exports of agricultural cargoes in Ukraine: efficiency of logistics chains, bottlenecks of agricultural export logistics

Andrey Shkliar, Head of expert department, Center for transport strategies

- Key players of grain trading segment in Ukraine: how the rating of exporters has changed for 5 recent years. "Young" traders: adaptation to environment of the modern grain trading

Andrey Kupchenko, grain market analyst, APK-Inform Agency

Ivan Cherevko, Director, Cardiff Trading


Optional Round tables for conference delegates


Organizer and moderator: Interlegal


MAY 26 | 10:15-11:00 – Round table 1. New GAFTA clauses & New Rules LMAA 2017 (London arbitration news in 2017)

Andrey Perepelitsa, Senior lawyer, Interlegal, International law offices, ACIArb


MAY 26 | 11:15-12:00 – Round table 2. Rules for effective delegation of tasks

Natalya Sashkina, "Razvitie" Agency, business coach, personal growth coach, consultant


  • detailed delegation chart, allowing to set tasks and monitor its execution without fails
  • methods of probation and advanced professional training of staff
  • key faults in delegation approaches


MAY 26 | 13:00-14:00 – Round table 3. Non-resident companies in the global trade: challenges-2017

Irina Voyevodina, Partner, Interlegal

  • Panama: financial accounting is no longer a myth
  • Scottish partnerships in the crosshairs?
  • Georgia: Estonian tax model since 2017
  • International payments and opening of bank accounts
  • Information sharing and establishment of substantial presence (CRS, BEPS, Substance)


MAY 26 | 15:30-16:30 – Round table 4. Insurance of cargoes and maritime freight - 2017

Andrejs Radionovs, Managing Director, Senior broker, Marine Insurance Services, Latvia 

in partnership with Charterers P&I Club, London, UK

  • Charterers` Liability insurance – it`s less expensive, than you think
  • Charterers` Liability insurance - case study
  • Questions and answers


MAY 26 | 16:30-17:30 – Round table 5. Convention for the control of ballast water - what to do after it comes into force in 2017?

Alexander SagaydakExecutive Director, Olvia Maritime, FNI, Mimarest, under support of the Maritime Institute of Ukraine


May 26, 7:00 PM | Annual Odessa Shipping Dinner 2017


Location: Otrada Beach Club, Odessa

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May 27 | Football tournament Odessa Shipping Cup 2017


Location: FC Chernomorets Training fields

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