In 2008, Decree number 1053 of November 18 in 2008, "On the Day of Navy of Ukraine" Ukrainian President Yushchenko in Ukraine has established a professional holiday of sea and river fleet and troops of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine — Ukrainian Navy Day. It was decided to celebrate every year on the first Sunday of July.
In the same decree abolished the previous decrees on June 29 1993 ? 236 "On the Day of sea and river fleet" and from March 24 in 2006 number 259 "On the Day of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine."
The decision on the establishment of the professional holiday was made to the revival and development of national maritime traditions.
December 30, 2011 President Yanukovych and Yushchenko canceled the decree signed another decree, which the Navy Day Ukraine ordered to celebrate the last Sunday of July.
In Ukraine there are 18 commercial sea, 4 fish and 13 river ports. The main sea ports of Ukraine: Illichevsk, Southern, Mariupol, Odessa, Reni, Kherson, Nikolaev. The main domestic trunk river — the river Dnieper. Sea and river ports are provided services to nearly 24.5 thousand ships.