Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) January 18, 2018 – The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the decision to establish the State Service for Marine and River Transport of Ukraine (Maritime Administration) during a meeting, which took place on January 17, 2018. The newly created body will begin its work on August 1, 2018.
The Maritime Administration will function as a central executive body, whose activities will be coordinated by the Minister of Infrastructure. Dmytro Petrenko has been appointed head of the executive.
The Maritime Administration will ensure the implementation of state policy in the maritime sector, be responsible for the international relations of Ukraine in the field of navigation and the implementation of international sectoral conventions.
The creation of the Maritime Administration meets the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and takes place in preparation for its audit, which will take place in 2018.
In addition, this will allow the completion of the maritime reform, launched in 2013 with the adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On Sea Ports of Ukraine” (hereinafter referred to as the Law).
It should be noted that the functions of the Maritime Administration will differ from the functions of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration (USPA). The Maritime Administration is an executive power body authourized by the state, which implements state policy in the areas of sea and river transport, merchant shipping, navigation on inland waterways, navigational and hydrographic provision of navigation, as well as in the field of safety on the sea and river transport (except for the sphere of security navigation of vessels of the fleet of the fishing industry), and ensures fulfillment of the obligations arising from Ukraine’s membership in international organizations in the specified spheres.
For its part, USPA is a state-owned enterprise, whose duties include: ensuring the functioning and development of seaports, maintaining the objects of the port infrastructure of the state form of ownership, ensuring the safety of navigation in ports, in particular, by monitoring and maintaining the declared depths, implementation modernization, reconstruction and construction of port infrastructure facilities, etc.
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