In the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, EBA Logistics Committee member companies met with representatives of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and Ukrtransbezpeka with participation of Volodymyr Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure, and Yuriy Lavrenyuk, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure. Participants discussed extremely important issues for ship owners and maritime agents, namely the sealing of ship shut-off devices and ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWMC).
The participants agreed to appeal to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine to get an explication whether it is possible to cancel the sealing of ship shut-off devices, as this regulation is only valid in several countries. In case of getting the explanation about the impossibility of exclusion of this rule, it was agreed to amend the Instruction for sealing in marine ports of ship shut-off devices in part of specifying that sealing ship shut-off devices should be done by “crew only”.
We thank the Ministry of Infrastructure for dialogue with business and we are looking forward to the next meeting to discuss the results!