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.
There is a hope that this new service will provide a fairer and more reasonable approach in relation to vessels calling at Ukraine
Standard Club stated.
Ukraine had temporarily stopped State Ecological Inspection attending vessels in Ukrainian ports for two months, according to Ukrainian P&I correspondents Dias Marine Consulting.
Namely, the Ukrainian president had 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.
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.