On January 16th 2019 in the headquarters of International Maritime Organization (ІМО) in London started its work the 6th Session of the sub-committee on Navigation, communications and search and rescue. The representatives of State Enterprise "Marine Search and Rescue Service" took part in the meetings as part of Ukrainian delegation.
During the event, on January 18th, the delegation of Ukraine presented on behalf of the country the document NCSR 6/22/3, regarding the obstacles in conduction of SAR operations in Ukrainian maritime regions, adjacent to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic Crimea and Sevastopol. The attention of the international maritime society was drawn to numerous violations of the principles and rules of international law in the field of maritime search and rescue from the side of Russian Federation, in particular, and maritime safety in general. It was outlined, that due to these unlawful acts of Russian side, the Black sea turned into so called "grey area" for the international maritime shipping.
In this context, the delegation of Ukraine gave some detailed examples of violations by Russian Federation of such international IMO regulatory instruments, as International Convention on maritime search and rescue (SAR 79), International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 1974), number of resolutions, etc.
The Ukrainian side called upon all countries and relevant international organizations to restrain from any actions, which can be interpreted as those, that recognize illegal unilateral actions of Russian Federation in the Black sea. They also called upon taking collective measures to resist the aggression of Russia according to the rules and regulations of the international law.
Besides, on January 17th 2019 the delegation of Ukraine expressed its objection to Russian Federation in terms of unlawful extension of the operating area in the sea of Azov and Kerch strait by the NAVTEX-Novorosyisk radio station. Providing the following arguments, the delegation of Ukraine proved, that navigational information regarding maritime safety must be spread on the sea of Azov and the Kerch strait area solely by Ukrainian radio station NAVTEX – Berdiansk.
The work of the Sub-committee will continue till January 25th 2019. The representatives of SE "Marine Search and Rescue Service" continue taking active part in the session during plenary meetings, as well as in working groups in terms of search and rescue, navigation and communications.