On the 16th of May experts of the State Enterprise "Marine Search and Rescue Service" as the part of the Ukrainian delegation take part in the 99th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Ukrainian delegation will discuss such important items of the Agenda as measures to enhance maritime safety, regulatory norms for the use of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships, goal-based new ship construction standards, safety measures for non-conventional vessels operating in polar regions, carriage of cargoes and containers, implementation of IMO instruments, ship design and construction, pollution prevention and response, navigation, communications, search and rescue, ship systems and equipment, implementation of the STCW Convention, capacity building for the implementation of new measures, formal safety assessment, piracy and armed robbery against ships, unsafe mixed migration by sea, organization and methods of work of the Committee.
In accordance with results of the Committee's session that will continue till the 25th of May it is expected an adoption of new mandatory IMO documents as well as revision and amendments to valid documents on shipping safety, navigation, communications, search and rescue.
A scope of the Committee consideration is a range of search and rescue issues, resulting from the relevant IMO Sub-Committee meeting held during February 19-21, 2018. Despite the loss of a number of facilities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea connected with its illegal occupation by the aggressor State, Ukraine continues to fulfil its obligations on search and rescue in the maritime search and rescue region in full. Among others, this is due to the active position of Ukraine during Committee meetings that was repeatedly supported by delegations of leading countries of the West: USA, Canada, Australia, EU.
Taking into consideration provisions of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution of 27 March 2014 "Territorial Integrity of Ukraine" (A/RES/68/262/) and the United Nations General Assembly resolution of 19 December 2016 "Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" (A/Res/71/205) Ukraine will submit a document on the closure of the seaports on the temporary occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, in order to draw attention of the maritime community to the violation by the Russian side of the main principles and norms of the maritime law not only on search and rescue, but also regarding shipping safety in general.