Company History
Company History

Ukrferry Shipping Company was founded by Order No. 348 dated October 18, 1995 of I.P. Dankevich, Minister of Transport of Ukraine, on the basis of a structural unit of the Black Sea Shipping Company, a State-Owned Shipping Company.  The beginning was far from being easy...

  • 2020

    Our Company is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.  We are actively involved in evacuation of the Ukrainian citizens in connection with the epidemic of COVID-19 and provide charity support to hospitals in the struggle for preventing the spread of the virus.

  • 2018

    There has been opened a new line Chornomorsk - Karasu - Chornomorsk via newly built and rapidly growing Turkish port of Karasu.

  • 2010 – 2015

    Such lines as Konstanta-Batumi, Batumi-Samsun-Chernomorsk begin developing. We are in an incessant search for new lines and flows of cargo, both in the Black Sea and in the other areas of the Black Sea region. On our lines, the new vessels “Vilnius” and “Kaunas” are starting trading.

  • 2009

    Starting from March 2009, our Shipping Company was investing into construction of a railway ferry terminal in the port of Kerch; we organised and provided the regular ferry service between Kerch-Poti/Batumi.  

    Within the period from 1995 till 2010 the fleet of Ukrferry Shipping Company regularly performed special voyages for delivery of the Ukrainian contributions to a peacekeeping force to a number of the European, Asian and African countries.

  • 2000 - 2007

    By Act of Ukraine No. 1546-III dated March 16, 2000, Ukrferry Shipping Company has obtained the status of a Nominated Company on the part of Ukraine in performance of an intergovernmental agreement for joint operation of the ferry service Varna-Ilyichevsk-Poti/Batumi.

    By Order No. 284 dd. April 26, 2002 of the Ministry of Transport of Ukraine, the status of a nation-wide carrier was conferred upon Ukrferry Shipping Company.  

    In May 2001 a railway-ferry terminal was built in the port of Derince, Turkey and a new railway - road transport - ferry line Ilyichevsk, Ukraine-Derince, Turkey was opened with the support from the Company.

    Ukrferry Shipping Company obtained an International Certificate ISO 9001:2000 on December 11, 2001 that evidences its high quality of services meeting the international standards in the field of management in the carrying trade and passenger and cargo transportation.

    Ukrferry Shipping Company was the operator of the cruise ferry “Yuzhnaya Palmira” on the Black Sea within the period from March 2006 till October 2009, and within the framework of the said operation, in summer 2007, for the first time after disintegration of the USSR a number of sea cruises was performed according to the route of the historical line the Crimea-Caucasus including the port of Istanbul:   Odesa - Yalta - Sochi - Istanbul - Odesa.

  • 1999

    Ukrferry Shipping Company assisted in opening of the ferry bridge in Poti, Georgia, on April 17, 1999.

  • 1998

    From November 1998 till July 2010, Ukrferry Shipping Company was engaged in regular passenger-and-freight carriage on the car-and-passenger ferry “Caledonia” on the line Odesa, Ukraine - Istanbul, Turkey.

    Ukrferry Shipping Company obtained a Bureau Veritas Certificate on May 29, 1998 evidencing our conformity to the requirements of the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code).

    A solemn ceremony of opening of the ferry bridge and regular line Ilychevsk, Ukraine - Batumi, Georgia took place in Batumi, Georgia on December 19, 1998.

  • 1997

    Ukrferry Shipping Company acquired the car-and-passenger ferry “Caledonia” in France in summer 1997; this ferry is the first and only sea passenger ship that has been officially purchased by a Ukrainian company and registered under the Ukrainian flag for all the years of independent existence of Ukraine.

  • 1996

    Since the moment of its incorporation, Ukrferry Shipping Company has been the operator of the international railway-vehicular ferry service Ilyichevsk, Ukraine-Varna, Bulgaria.  In December 1996 our Company opened a ferry line Ukraine-Georgia; we got it up and running, and ever since we have had a regular ferry service for transportation of railway rolling stock, automotive vehicles, containers, and passengers between Ukraine and the countries of Transcaucasia and Central Asia.

    The opening and development of this line by Ukrferry Shipping Company has laid the groundwork for the practical implementation of the conception of the Euro-Asiatic transport corridor and the TRACECA Programme.

    Ukrferry Shipping Company was admitted to the membership of the Black Sea International Shipowners Association (BINSA) on July 11, 1996.

  • 1995

    Ukrferry Shipping Company was founded on October 18, 1995 for the purpose of development of the ferry service on the Black Sea, as well as for development of the other lines of merchant shipping.

4а, Sabanskyi lane,
Odesa, 65014, Ukraine