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Editor in chief: Angelo Scorza
11/06/18 14:19

Varvarenko officially set up in Genoa

The Ukrainian maritime entrepreneur opened a Varamar's Italian branch office

Varamar's new Italian branch was opened after last Easter.

The Ukrainian maritime group was established in 2009 in Odessa by Alexander Varvarenko - who just launched his latest Shipnext initiative within the Blockchain cryptic sector - after having created the Odessa agents and brokers club Ukrainian Shipbroker's Club (USBC), which organizes a meeting and a dinner like those of Genoa every May.

After having attended the Odessa National Maritime University, Varvarenko worked for the heavy lift company OXL in Belgium, and he gained experience as a manager in several European and Ukrainian shipping companies before founding his own company a dozen years ago.

Starting as a general agent for the company White Whale Shipping (WWS), in a few years the group (with some 30 employees in Ukraine) expanded its range of activities and, since 2013, it works on its own behalf, and it opened branches in Dubai, Limassol (Cyprus), Paris and Hamburg. The group arrived Italy, where the Ukrainian entrepreneur was already working with local agencies.

Headquartered in Genoa, Varamar Italy is headed by Albina Prokopenko, who already boasts 10 years of experience in the tankers chartering and dry cargo sectors acquired with important Genoese brokering companies, before joining Varamar in 2016.

“Our company was founded a dozen years ago and it is specialized in project cargo. As ship operators, we stopped being shipowners many years ago due to the situation of the world's market, opting for long and medium term time charter contracts and providing commercial management to third parties' vessels. Our Group manages an average of 15-20 units, including multipurpose/tween decker vessels (from 4,000 to 29,000 dwt, equipped with cranes with a total capacity ranging from 80 to 160 tons, up to 2 x 250 tons, thus being able to unload in any port), heavy lift vessels and bulk carriers (from handysize to panamax)” Varvarenko explained, adding that he prefers small tonnage (especially between 4,000 and 8,000 dwt as concerns the project section) due to its greater flexibility and fungibility. Varamar is supported by a rather wide group of shipowners which are always ready to provide their vessels for time charters or under commercial management.

In Italy, the group relies on the port agency Tripcovich, which has been working in the Italian market for decades, especially in the project cargo sector. It operates monthly departures from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, having as it main destinations Red Sea, India, Persian Gulf, Far East, Australia and South East Asia and calling also at West African ports on a regular basis.

Due to a significant loading of project cargo from the Far East as well as of steel products of various sizes and types, the Far East-Black Sea route is one of our main routes, together with the Persian Gulf-Med/Black Sea one.

The service related to all the other destinations is subject to sailing.

Siemens, British Petroleum and Cimolai are only a few of Varamar's main customers through a wide range of freight forwarders worldwide.

“Our company provides great flexibility to its customers because we do not depend on a position or on the dates of a vessel with specific characteristics such as dimensions and crane capacity” Prokopenko explained. “We can provide our customers with an immediate solution with regular services having interesting transit times in direct journeys without too many stops, laycan dates and ship with the suitable characteristics for every specific request. Also for these reasons, the quality of the service provided is proportional to the tariff applied” the Ukrainian ship operator concluded.

Angelo Scorza