From 5th to 14th June 2019 a 101st session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) took place in the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The official delegation of Ukraine, including the representatives of State Enterprise "Maritime Search and Rescue Service", took part in its work.
During the work of the session a large number of questions was discussed, including consideration of the reports of all the IMO system bodies, providing changes to the current instruments of the organization, improvement of the ways of implementation of the obligatory international IMO acts, resolutions approval, including the ones in the area of the maritime search and rescue.
Thus MSC approved the Report of the 6th session of the IMO sub-committee on navigation, communications and search and rescue, which actualized a raw of the modern aspects of development of cooperation for the member countries in this field. The approval of this document proved the fact of obstacles created by the Russian Federation during conduction of SAR operations by Ukraine in the maritime areas around Autonomous Republic Crimea and Sevastopol, Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the approval of the Report once again proved that Maritime sub-centers and coastal GMDSS radio stations in Kerch and Sevastopol belong to Ukraine and are defined as temporary suspended, which is supported in the related module of Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) IMO – "Global SAR Plan" and "General GAMDSS Plan" (Document GMDSS. 1 / Circ.21).
In the framework of the related agenda point , Ukrainian delegation also presented a document "Safety of navigation in the Northern part of the Black sea, the Sea of Azov and Kerch strait", which gives detailed examples of unlawful actions of Russian federation, which threatens safety of navigation in regional, as well as global context. The documents also provides separately the facts of deliberate violations of UNO Maritime Law Convention and IMO SAR convention.
As result, the document was supported by many leading coastal states (in chronological order): Romania (on behalf of all the EU states), the USA, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Georgia, Germany, Canada, European Commission, France, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Latvia, Ireland, Luxemburg, Italy, Spain, Finland, Iceland, Belgium. In its turn, Russia refused from commenting on the topic, briefly mentioning the "political character" of this issue.
Finally, MSC called upon the member states and interested parties to inform IMO about all the threats to the safety of navigation in the Northern part of the Black sea, the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov and pay closer attention of the specialized UNO body in the maritime field to the situation with navigational safety in these sea areas.
The next, 102nd session of MSC IMO is going to take place in May 2020.