On 21 October 2019, the Ministerial Conference of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fisheries began its work in Torremolinos, Kingdom of Spain. The delegation from Ukraine was headed by Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Yuriy Lavrenyuk – October 22, 2019
The Deputy Minister congratulated the participants of the IMO Ministerial Conference and noted that Ukraine, as a member state of the International Maritime Organization, is actively involved in its activities, in particular, on the safety of navigation.
“Navigation is a key element of navigation. Ukraine fully supports IMO in setting global standards for the safety of life, the safety of ships, the safety of cargo and the safety of the environment. Ukraine is proud to have acceded to all the major IMO conventions that have made shipping safer. We will continue to fulfill our obligations under these documents in order to achieve common goals, ”the Deputy Minister said.
Yuriy Lavrenyuk stressed that to date, there is active work in Ukraine on the implementation of a number of international instruments (IMO conventions), namely: the Ballast Water and Sediment Control and Management Convention 2004 (BWM); and the Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC).
“By the end of 2019, Ukraine intends to ratify the 2006 International Labor Organization Convention on Maritime Labor (MLC-2006). The safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment are inextricably linked to international law, ”said Yuriy Lavrenyuk.
The Deputy Minister also emphasized that international treaties, such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74/78), have been in place for decades for commercial shipping, including cargo and passenger ships. However, a key tool that could still be applied to fishing vessels is still not working.
“SOLAS 74/78 regulates safety in merchant navy and many of its provisions provide for exceptions for the fishing fleet. Against this background, the Ukrainian side considers it important to implement the provisions and standards foreseen in the 2012 Cape Town Agreement. This is of particular importance in connection with establishing responsibility for the safety of crews of fishing vessels and establishing appropriate requirements for the design, construction, equipment and inspection of fishing vessels (24 meters in length and over) fishing in the sea, ”said the Deputy Minister.
Yuriy Lavrenyuk stressed that the Ukrainian side is ready to develop bilateral cooperation in ensuring the effective application of the provisions of international agreements and enhancing security in vessels under the State Flag of Ukraine, in particular, in fishing vessels.
“In view of the above, I would like to express the readiness of the Ukrainian side to join the Cape Town Agreement in 2012,” Yuriy Lavrenyuk stressed.
Reference: The 2012 Cape Town Agreement fills in the gaps existing in international law and introduces the necessary safety rules in fishing vessels.
Source: Government of Ukraine