As the Britannia P&I Club informs, the Government of Ukraine has now published the full text of the Regulation on Inspection, Taking Samples of Water and Conducting its Analysis and which came into force on 5 September 2019. The regulations establish the procedures to be followed when taking ballast water samples.
Ukrainian Port of Chornomorsk will be upgraded, receiving a new grain terminal and additional berths; A plan that costs over UAH 3 billion (USD 118.8 million). The dredging operations and the terminal construction are planned to be completed by the end of 2020.
According to the Standard Club, its correspondent Dias Marine Consulting reports that the Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers has abolished the Ecological Inspection Service. It is to be replaced with the State Environmental Service. The new service is expected to begin operating in early September.
Ukraine has temporarily stopped State Ecological Inspection attending vessels in Ukrainian ports for two months, according to Ukrainian P&I correspondents Dias Marine Consulting. The inspections have been halted up to around 21st September 2019.
Ukraine seized a Russian tanker moored in a river port near the Black Sea, in retaliation for Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and arrest of 24 sailors in November 2018. According to Ukraine’s SBU security service, the country seized the Russian tanker ‘Nika Spirit’ in Izmail.
The ITF has called on the Sri Lankan government to release the Ukrainian Captain Gennadiy Gavrylov, who has been stranded in Sri Lanka since June 2016, when local authorities arrested his vessel ‘Avant Garde’ in relation to the illegal importation of arms.
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has ordered Russia to ‘immediately’ release 24 Ukrainian sailors who were seized along three naval ships off Crimea in November. Meanwhile, Moscow claims the sailors violated its maritime border.
According to marine insurance provider Gard, Ukraine announced some changes at the ballast water regulations in its ports. The control of segregated ballast in Ukrainian ports has been cancelled and ecological inspectors are no longer permitted to inspect vessels for the purposes of ‘ecological control’, including taking and analyzing samples of ballast water.
As MACN reports, corruption is one of the most challenging risks for any business, and doing business in Ukraine is no exception. In Ukraine, the shipping industry faces challenges such as in connection with documentation handling and controls of on board practices regarding waste disposal, and ballast water discharge among others.
Ukraine issued an appeal to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), asking Russia’s release of three detained Ukrainian navy vessels and the twenty four crewmembers that were onboard. Ukraine asked the Tribunal to preserve the respective rights of the parties to the dispute or to prevent serious harm to the marine environment.
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