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Russia ordered to release detained Ukrainian seafarers

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.

Ukraine temporarily halts ballast water analysis in its ports

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.

MACN launches survey to tackle corruption in the Black Sea

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 asks for the release of ships and seafarers with International Court Appeal

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.

USPA presents its investment project for LNG terminal in Reni

Ukraine Sea Ports Authority is thinking of attracting investors for the implementation of a public-private partnership project, in favor of the creation of a terminal for the reception, accumulation, storage and bunkering of vessels by liquefied natural gas at the seaport of Reni.

Ukraine: EU responds to escalation at Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

In response to escalation of tensions in the Kerch Strait, the European Council added eight Russian officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

POSCO Daewoo partners on grain terminal in Ukraine

South Korea’s Posco Daewoo agreed with Ukraine’s logistics company OREXIM to jointly develop and manage a grain terminal, placed in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Mykolayiv, Ukraine. The terminal, which is due to start operations in July, has a grain loading capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year.

Lithuania LNG port expects to turn into a Baltic hub in 2021

Lithuania’s LNG import terminal, ‘Independence’, is expected to double its LNG volumes after the opening of gas pipelines to Poland and Finland, 2021. The pipeline opening will turn the Baltic Port into a regional hub. ‘Independence’ mostly imported Norwegian LNG for domestic use, using a fifth and a third of its annual capacity of 2.7 million tonnes of LNG, after changing in 2017, along with its first US cargo import.

Ukraine to comply with IMO load lines convention

Ukraine has acceded to the 1988 Protocol relating to the International Convention on Load Lines. On Wednesday, November 5, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, agreed with IMO to deposit the instruments of accession. The 1988 Load lines Protocol now has 110 Contracting States, representing more than 97% of world merchant shipping tonnage.


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