IMO will hold an Extraordinary Session of its Council to address the impacts on shipping and seafarers of the situation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
The Extraordinary Session (C ES 35) will be held on 10 and 11 March in remote session, and it was convened following requests from several Council Members. In light of the Ukraine-Russia tension, the IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, issued a statement supporting the call of UN Secretary-General António Guterres for hostilities to cease immediately.
As IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said:
As the humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Ukraine, I fully support and stand with UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call for hostilities to cease immediately
He also noted that he is “gravely concerned about the spill over effects of the military action in Ukraine on global shipping,” as well as logistics and supply chains, and in particular the impacts on the delivery of commodities and food to developing nations and the impacts on energy supplies.
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