Today, on the 25th of May the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (MSC IMO) closed its 99th session.
During the mentioned session that was held in London during the period of May 16 – 25, 2018 it was considered a range of issues, namely on safety at the sea, maritime security, regulatory norms of using of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships and many others.
The session was closed after consideration of the work programme draft for next years and consideration and adoption of the report of the Committee.
Besides, during the session it was considered and adopted the report of the 5th session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue.
The Ukrainian delegation, namely representatives of the State Enterprise "Marine Search and Rescue Service" took an active part in the consideration of the abovementioned questions.
Also it is worth noting that during the session the Ukrainian delegation submitted the document regarding unlawful entering to closed Ukrainian seaports by vessels in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and once again drew attention of the IMO Member States including states of "flag of convenience" concerning the necessity of adhering to the international law norms and the national legislation of Ukraine in respect of the procedure of the entering to the temporary occupied territory by foreign vessels.
In accordance with the results of the Committee session during which it was considered more than 130 documents including reports of working groups on goal-based standards, Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships, safety measures for non-conventional vessels operating in the polar regions, editing group on amendments to mandatory instruments and report of the expert group for analysis of needs in capacity building. It was adopted also drafts of circular letters and resolutions of the MSC with amendments to current IMO codes and regulations that concern the safety of shipping and in particular navigation, communications, search and rescue.