IAPH welcomes the international agreement reached to establish a humanitarian maritime corridor which should enable ships to export essential cargoes of grain and foodstuffs from Ukrainian seaports.
hese products are critical in terms of addressing the global food crisis and alleviating the suffering of millions of people around the world.
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However, IAPH warned that the missile attacks which struck the port of Odesa less than 24 hours after the signature of the international agreement gravely undermine these efforts and seriously jeopardise the reliability of such an accord.
The terms of the agreement determine that the Russia should not undertake any attacks against port facilities and merchant vessels engaged in the export of critical cargoes.
The safety and security of all port workers and seafarers who enable maritime traffic from Ukrainian seaports should be absolutely guaranteed if the agreement is to achieve results within the planned deadline
In the meantime, IAPH has been working to support port workers and their families impacted by the humanitarian disaster caused by the war in Ukraine. This emergency appeal is being coordinated by IAPH and The Seafarers’ Charity.
Funds raised are being distributed to appropriate delivery partners operating in Ukraine including the Maritime Transport Workers Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) and its welfare fund Mortrans.
The Ukrainian Seaports Authority have in the meantime issued a communique advising that preparations are being made at the Ukrainian ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi for cargo operations, requesting applications for the inclusion of those vessels which will be led by convoy to and from these ports.