"Grain and Maritime days in Odessa-2019". Ukraine, Odessa
May 30, 2019

May 29

Welcome to Odessa!

Evening meeting of participants of Grain & Maritime Days in Odessa-2019

The organizers propose you to choose the most interesting events:

Welcome drinks

The conference partner — Benjamin wine & bar — invites you.

The program includes: 20% discount for conference participants for dinner and wine list, stories about Odessa from bartenders, vinyl DJ set by charming Sasha Zetqa.

Benjamin is the fancy place in the heart of Odessa, around the corner from the Odessa Opera Theater. It is ideal for old friends reunion, making new acquaintances and gathering of cheerful groups.

You are welcome to the original cuisine in Modern Bistro style, wine list from all parts of the world, 12 meters of the contact bar counter, 25 original cocktails and classic strong drinks.

26/28 Grecheskaya st., booking telephone number: +38 (097) 633-03-30

AgroMafiaClub — annual open meeting of the club members and their friends

It is a fair opportunity to communicate with participants of the grain market in the informal atmosphere, relax and play "Mafia", which already became a tradition of the event.

For the game organization, the club invited the leading coach, founder of the project "Motivator" and the club IQ Mafia, Kyiv — Dmitriy Velichko.

Venue: 19:00, hotel Maristella Marine Residence (2A Bernardazzi St.)

May 30

Venue: hotel "Maristella Marine Residence" (2A Bernardazzi St.)

08:00-09:30     Registration of participants. Welcoming coffee

09:30-09:45     Official opening of the conference.

Welcoming speeches of the organizers, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the Exclusive Sponsor SGS Ukraine


09:45-11:45  Section I. Macroeconomics

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

- Development trends of the Ukrainian grain market, positions on the global market. Opening of the land market, as the change driver in the Ukrainian agricultural production

- Market drivers and trade trends: FAPRI commodity outlook challenges

- Ukrainian economy in terms of the global trends: chance of a breakthrough?

- Political and economic features of business development in Ukraine

- Global economic trends and macroeconomic developments in Ukraine - a year of uncertainty

- Building of international relations between Ukraine and other prospective consumer markets: specific features of the mentality and the geopolitics impact


Viktor Sheremeta, Deputy of Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

William H. Meyers, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI)

Oleg Ustenko, Executive Director, The Bleyzer Foundation

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

Dimitar Bogov, Regional Lead Economist for Eastern Europe and Caucasus, EBRD

Suvra Chakraborty, Director, AMC Overseas FZE

11:45-12:30     Coffee-break

Main sections

(large conference hall)

Optional parallel sections

(small conference hall)

12:30-14:30  Section II. Global grain perspective

Moderator Mykola Gorbachev, President, Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA)

12:30-13:30 International business by new rules

Moderator — Irina Voyevodina, Partner, Interlegal

- North and South American market: prospects of the grain season-2019/20

Viktoria Blazhko, Consultant-analyst, Agritel International

- EU grain market: challenges of the season-2018/19, expectations for 2019/20 MY

Natalya Skuratovich, PETKUS Holding GmdH

- Lithuania — Northern gates of Europe

Paulius Grubinskas, Representative of

JSC Lithuanian Railways in Ukraine

- Global demand for Black Sea grains: prospects of 2019/20 MY

Andrei Kupchenko, Grain market analyst, Head of the information department, APK-Inform Agency

- Price formation methods on the global grain market

Alexander Bobylev, Commodities derivatives specialist, Department of Agriculture, EMEA S&P Global Platts

- Qualitative and phytosanitary features of wheat, corn and soybeans of the harvest-2018, in terms of the statistics data by SGS Ukraine

Oleg Onischenko, Technical & Claims Questions Manager, SGS Ukraine

- Deoffshorization. How to restructure a business in the BEPS terms (bank account management, substance, corporate structures)

- Where is it profitable to register a company and keep on the safe side? Overview of convenient jurisdictions for transport, trading and IT companies

- How business can use benefits of the foreign exchange liberalization?


Daria Liashenko, Associate Attorney, Interlegal

Victoria Russeva, Associate Attorney, Interlegal

Marta Sverdlykivska, Lawyer, Interlegal



13:30-14:30 Why purchasing of a new yacht is no longer a luxury?

Questions for discussion TBA


14:30-15:30  Lunch

15:30-17:30  Section III. Global shipping perspective

Co-Moderator — Arthur Nitsevych, Interlegal

Co-Moderator — Nikos Marmatsouris, GAC Shipping SA

15:30-17:00 Crisis on course

Panel discussion "How to shield from fraud in grain trading: challenges-2019"

Moderator — Ekaterina Gadetskaya, Senior Associate, Interlegal

- Modern challenges in the maritime industry

Vassilios Logothetis, Vice President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

- Current trends in the European port management

Paul van Eulem, Director, MTBS

- Funding of the fleet in the following 5-10 years. What prospects?

Basil Karatzas, Founder and CEO, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co

- How the maritime industry fights against corruption through collective actions

Martin Benderson, Project officer of the Collective Action and Funding direction, Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

- One Belt. One road. What is the position of Ukraine?

Ruslan Osipenko, CEO, Chinese Commerce Association

- Corinth canal. The safest sea route, the shortest waterway

Georgios Zouglis, General Manager, Corinth Canal S.A.

- Near future of the maritime industry. The passion which creates reality

Nikos D. Marmatsouris, Senior Marketing Manager, GAC Shipping SA

- Fraudulent schemes in agribusiness. Will checking of the contractors help?

- Is the cargo insurance panacea?

- Innovations and changes in international arbitrations (GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA)

- Trends in the consideration of Black Sea disputes in GAFTA

- How to pay back for transportation services?


Panel members:

Ivanna Dorichenko, Managing Director of TRADAIDE, International arbitrator and GAFTA dispute settlement expert

Vitalii Tolstik, Associate Attorney, Lawyer, Interlegal

Karyna Gorovaya, Senior Associate, Interlegal

Stanislav Kovaljov, Head of cargo/logistics insurance, Marine Insurance Services

Andrey Perepelitsa, Senior Associate, Interlegal

17:30-18:30 Completion of the presentation part of the first day

18:30-19:30 TOP-FACE rating of the grain market and logistics

Awarding of companies that won in the following exclusive categories:

1. Opening of new markets — "Over hill and dale"

2. Exotic & Long way — "Over hundreds of seas"

3. Organic Production & Trade

4. Information activity — "Openness — road to success"

19:30-20:00 Evening art auction by GREENLIGHT-IN

For the first time, the evening art auction will exhibit the work “WHEAT” from the new photo project of the high-profile Ukrainian photographer Igor Gaidai “VERUM IN GRANO”.

The photographic work is the real dignity of the collection including 13 views of grains and one “secret” image which each guest can discover personally within the exhibition.


The opening price of the photographic work totals 2500 USD.

The registration of participants takes place at the reception on May 30 at 14.30-15.30.

20:00-23:00           BIG Grain & Maritime Dinner for the conference participants


May 31

9:30-10:30       Morning coffee-break

Main sections

(large conference hall)

Optional parallel sections

(small conference hall)

10:30-12:30  Section I. Local shipping perspective

Panel discussion "Topical features of the Black Sea shipping"


Maxim Gardus, Journalist, Transport manager

Nikolay Melnykov, Partner, Interlegal

10:30-12:00 The future is now


Section partner — Codeska

Speaker — Andrew Lander, Codeska

Panel discussion "IT-solutions in the grain and maritime business"

Moderator — Artem Skorobogatov, Partner, Interlegal


Panel members:

Natalya Dresvyannikova, AGROXY

Sergey Dzhashitov, Searates

Stanislav Kovaljov, Marine Insurance Services

Irina Voyevodina, Interlegal

Andrew Lander, Codeska


- Digitalization in Shipping and IMO 2020

- Autonomous vessels in the Black Sea. What if?

- Stowaways as consequence of modern migration processes

- Maritime infrastructure projects of Turkey

- Business at the banking speed. Delays in payment, jurisdictions, bank compliance

- Review of the Black Sea freight market

- TOP-5 illusions of traders in the exports of Ukrainian goods

- Impact of sanctions on the Black Sea trade. Cases from the legal practice

- Features of grain cargoes transportation from the Black Sea to hard-to-reach regions

Panel members:

Svetlana Balaban, Black Sea Sales Manager for Sealand a Maersk Company

Ilias Mouzakis, Member of the Management Board, Piraeus Bank

Vitaliy Smilyk, Marketing manager, Aquavita International S.A.

Maksym Sheremet, Chartering and operations manager, Baywa

Alexey Remeslo, Associated Partner, Interlegal

Gennadiy Ivanov, CEO, BPG Shipping

Bahadir Tonguc, Vice President, Turkish Shipbrokers Association

Alexander Sagaydak, FNI, MIMarEST, CEO, Olvia Maritime Ltd

Dmitry Rudenko, Maritime security consultant

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-16:00 Section II. Local grain perspective.

Features of the Ukrainian market: in 20 mln to 100 mln tonnes

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

- Potential of the Ukrainian grain market VS features of its performance: gray market, illegal takeover, laws…

Mykola Gorbachev, President, Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA)

- Whether the Ukrainian farmer to keep the marginality of production, if he harvests 100 mln tonnes of agricultural products? The best global cases

Oleg Nivievskyi, Kyiv School of Economics

- Infrastructure and logistics issues: role and prospects of the Azov Sea ports of Ukraine VS global cases

Pavel Plotnikov, General Director, UkrTransAgro LLC and UTA Logistic LLC

- Logistics problems of the Ukrainian grain market and its solutions — position of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia

Sergei Podgorodetsky, Deputy Director at the Branch Transport Logistics Center, JSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways)

- Modernization of the infrastructure in terms of the safety and raising of the cost efficiency

Dmitry Bazarov, Business Development Director, Group of companies Weight-measuring systems LLC

Sergiy Komlik, Head of trade department, Group of companies Weight-measuring systems LLC

- Notifications and phytosanitary issues: real problem or part of the global trade wars?

Vladyslav Sedyk, President, Phytosanitary Association of Ukraine

- Using of the computer vision technologies for identification of grain impurities: wild-growing, toxic, quarantine seeds

Alexander Plehve, Director, SocTrade LLC

Panel discussion "Does the world need 100 mln tonnes of Ukrainian agricultural products?" (50-60 min)

Key discussion issues:

- 100 mln tonnes harvest — win or fail?

- Ukrainian features of the grain market, and how does one manage to work with them?

- Dialogue between the authorities and business: in the pursuit of compromise

- Infrastructure issues: where, how and what?

- What's to be done with niche crops, which have even more difficult situation?

- Where should the trader to look for demand, and how to have the best of the trade wars?

- How to make the trader's life easier? Trading instruments and new opportunities



Viktor Sheremeta, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Vladimir Osadchuk, General Director, COFCO Agri Resources Ukraine

Dmitry Minov, Head of the commercial department, RisOil Ukraine

Alexander Shtefanets, Director, Shtef Logistic LLC

Evgeny Druzyaka, Director, Grain Star International

Olena Neroba, Head of the analytical department, MarcoPolo Commodities SA

16:00-17:00 Completion of the conference, final cocktail


June 1

10:00-13:00 Yacht trip in the Gulf of Odessa for the conference participants

Seats are limited

Registration: +38 (094) 956-05-96 (Karina Kharchuk)

15.00-20.00 Football tournament Odessa Shipping Cup 2019

Venue: FC Chernomorets training fields (Vitse-Admirala Azarova St, 1)


Exclusive Sponsor
Technological sponsor
Sponsor of IT session
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Media support

IA APK-Inform

+38 (0562) 32-07-95 (multi-channel),

+38 (0562) 32-15-95 Irina Ozip (ext. 115) – [email protected],

+380 48 7037510 Alla Agbash, [email protected]