Ust-Dunaisk Sea Port


Ust-Dunaisk Merchant Sea Port
2, Pridunaiskaya Str., Vilkovo, Odessa Region 68355, Ukraine.
Ust-Dunaisk Port on Map Ust-Dunaisk Port Scheme
Contacts and Phones of Ust-Dunaisk Sea Port
General Director +380-4843-31135
First Deputy of General Director +380-4843-31835
Harbor Master +380-4843-31169
Customs Office +380-4843-31252


Ust-Dunaisk Port is situated in the southern part of Zhebriyanskiy Bay of the Black Sea, adjacent to the Ochakov mouth of the Danube River.

The port was founded in the late 70's of the XX century. It provided admitance and harbourage for the handling of lighters, as well as accumulating them for further use in river- and sea-going cargo carriages.

However, this lighter carrier system had virtually stopped. Nowadays, the port specializesin transshipment of cargoes from sea-going to river-going vessels in view of transportation via the Danube and vice-versa.

The port also comprises the port point Kiliya and a berth in Vilkovo for handling only river-going vessels.


General Information

Port position: Latitude 45°28′N, Longitude 29°42′E.

In winter NW-N-NE winds prevail. In summer NW winds prevail. Storm winds over 15 m/s most often occur in winter (up to 10 %).

Ice conditions occur only during severe winters, usually in the middle of December or the first half of January. Normally, the port gets free of ice in the second half of February or in early March.

The territory of Ust-Dunaisk port's covers 15 hectares, its water area totals 60 ha.

The port's sea approach channel is 7 km long and leads to three anchorages for large tonnage ships where passable depths have been lost by present time. Another connecting channel, of 1.5 km long, leads from the port's harbour into the Prorva Channel.

The sea approach channel used to be from 80 to 100 m wide and 8 m deep. Its harbour depth is now significantly less than formerly designed (13 m).

Entering and Leaving Port Ust-Dunaisk

When approaching controlled areas of passage within the port's district, all vessels must obtain permission to enter or pass through them from the State Port Control (SPCI) Officer on Duty via VHF radio phone. Permission can be granted within 30 minutes.

Shipmasters must inform the Harbour Master of their ETA 48 hours in advance and order a pilot giving further confirmations 12 and 4 hours before ETA. If en route from a previous port that is a lesser distance away, they must do so within one hour after leaving the port.

Failing to receive permission to pass through the port's waters, shipmasters must lie at anchor in the Vilkovo roadstead (between 19 to 21 km points of the Danube) or around the reception buoy of the sea approach channel – and wait for permission.

All shipmasters must go through inward formalities with SPCI Officer on Duty after anchoring and submitting their crew list. Upon entering the port foreign-flag shipmasters shall submit to SPCI via agents, their entry declaration and crew list, as well as all ship documents to comply with IMO requirements.

Vessels' outward formalities can be processed with SPCI Officer on Duty round-the-clock.

Navigational Conditions

Vessels may enter or leave the port Ust-Dunaisk and navigate port waters round-the-clock as long as windspeed is less than 12 m/s. Vessels of more than 160 m in length and over 7 m draft may enter and leave port via the sea approach channel only during daytime and under good visibility conditions.

Vessels that are carrying overall cargoes and have drafts, which exceed the port's declared limits, can be handled at its outer roadsteads entirely or partially with subsequent final discharge in port.


Pilotage in Ust-Dunaisk Port is compulsory. Exemption may be only made for those vessels whose navigators have obtained a one-time permission for passage without pilots on board. Once the pilot has embarked, the shipmaster must inform him of the vessel's precise draft and any other information necessary for piloting. Pilotage is carried out round-the-clock.

Tug Assistance

To enter the sea basin of Port Ust-Dunaisk, large sea-going vessels with draft of up to 8 m must use tugs for mooring at barrels.

When they are to be towed by one tug only, the number of lighters, barges or sections is determined by the tug master.


In the approach area to the port's harbour, there are three anchorages with wellholding grounds.

Depths of the anchorages:

  • No. 367 (A): 24–26 m;
  • No. 368 (B): 19–22 m;
  • No. 369 (C): 14–15 m.


The port renders handling, transport and forwarding services for transit, foreign trade and coastal shipping cargo, as well as storage service. It provides reception, safe harbourage and handling of lighters, barge and their accumulation for further transportation.

The port's cargo turnover consists primarily of bulk cargoes: ore, ore concentrates, grain. Cargoes are transported into port by ships, nonself propelled barges and lighters.


Port Ust-Dunaisk comprises two cargo areas - one for seagoing and one for rivergoing vessels.

There are no quays as hydrotechnical constructions in the sea cargo area. For mooring of vessels to be handled, there are three barrel ancorages there but the depth required for vessels' passage have been lost there.

The cargo berth in Vilkovo

The cargo berth at Vilkovo specializes in handling bulk and general cargo. Its length is 117 m and depth is 1.6 m.

The cargo berth of Port Point Kiliya

The cargo berth of portpoint Kiliya specializes in handling of bulk and general cargoes.

Its length is 150 m. The progressive depths from the waterfront's bank are: 1 m away – 2.8 m deep; 3 m away – 3.4 m; 5 m away – 4.4 m.

Grain Handling Terminal

The terminal is located in the portpoint of Kiliya. It is designed for handling grain exported to the Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean countries.

Due to the depths at the berths, the port can accommodate vessels of 5,175 DWT. Turnover capacity of the port is 100,000–120,000 t monthly. Rate of handling is 2,500 t of grain per day.

Accumulating capacities are designed for 2,000 t of grain. Storage peculiarities: short term storage for up to 15 days.

Cargo transfer is carried out according to the following schemes:

  • motor vehicle – conveyer – hold;
  • motor vehicle – hopper – warehouse;
  • warehouse – conveyer – hold;
  • motor vehicle – crane – hold;
  • warehouse – crane – hold.


The port has: gantry (only in Kiliya), floating, caterpillar and automobile cranes; automotive and electrically powered lift trucks.

To maneuver non-self propelled vessels and to move floatingcranes, the port has pusher tugs and berthing tugs.