Namely, the Ukrainian president has commissioned the Head of the Ukraine Sea Ports Authority to stop the inspection attending vessels in Ukrainian ports, pending a review of their activities, the consultant informed.

To date, the correspondent is not aware of any ecological inspections taking place.

Members are advised to inform correspondents and the club of any attempts by ecological inspectors to conduct inspections at ports in the Ukraine,

...the Standard P&I Club advised.

Several P&I Clubs have earlier reported an upsurge in the number of requests for assistance from shipowners and P&I clubs relating to ecological inspectors in Ukraine.

In May, the control of segregated ballast in Ukrainian ports was temporarily cancelled and ecological inspectors were no longer permitted to inspect vessels for the purposes of 'ecological control', including taking and analyzing samples of ballast water.