INTERCARGO: Russian-Ukrainian agreement must ensure safety of crews
INTERCARGO welcomes the agreement at international level to resume shipments of grain from Ukraine, but warns that they should only take place if the safety and security of the vessels, their crew and their cargo can be guarantees.
This means that there are concrete assurances at the quays and anchorages in Ukrainian ports, that the safety and security of ships, crew and cargo can be maintained and that navigation in the area is free from attacks. The creation of a demined maritime corridor protected by a naval escort is essential.
The safety of our seafarers is crucial, which is why bulk carrier crews must be given full respect under international conventions when questioned by authorities.
Every effort should be made to ensure safe crew changes, medical assistance as required by the crew as well as smooth and efficient cooperation of Ukrainian port/shipping state control authorities. environment/cargo inspection. As shipowners and their crews are ready to help in this global food crisis, they must not be hindered in any way by the practices of local authorities.
INTERCARGO also added that if the safety of navigation through early detection of mines can be improved by imposing daylight navigation only in the Black Sea, ships should have accompanied the naval escort and be authorized to navigate with part or without cargo if and when the captain considers that the safety of his vessel and his crew is threatened. Marine insurers (Cargo, Hull & Maintenance as well as P&I) must have a practical approach to insurance conditions and pricing.
Russia and Ukraine have signed a historic agreement to reopen Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for grain exports, raising hopes that an international food crisis aggravated by the Russian invasion can be alleviated.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Istanbul, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the agreement paves the way for significant volumes of commercial food exports from three key Ukrainian ports – Odessa , Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.
According to Reuters, senior UN officials said the deal should be fully operational within weeks and would restore grain shipments from the three reopened ports to pre-war levels of 5 million tonnes per month.