From 11th to 12th of September the 15th Black Sea Search and rescue conference took place in the city of Batumi, Georgia. The delegation from the State Enterprise "Maritime Search and Rescue Service" took an active part in it.
At the Conference a presentation was made by Ukrainian delegation, which above all other questions, emphasized the fact, that the conduction of search and rescue operations in the area of responsibility of Ukraine became much more complicated due to unlawful seizure of Maritime Rescue Coordination Sub-Center in Sevastopol, Maritime Rescue Sub-Center in Kerch, Coast radio station of Sea area A1 GMDSS in Sevastopol and Coast radio station of Sea area A1 GMDSS in Kerch, as well as 13 AIS stations. The participants were informed, that in the relevant module of Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) IMO - «Global SAR Plan» Maritime Rescue Sub-Centers and Coast radio stations in Kerch and Sevastopol are reported to be Ukrainian and are identified as temporary suspended.
Ukrainian delegation also promoted the initiative of trainings for the instructors and further preparation of SAR operations coordinators in the Black sea region, involving International Maritime Organization (ІМО). After long discussions a decision was made to start consultations with the IMO Secretariat.
During the discussions on delimitation of SAR regions in the Black sea area the delegation of Ukraine noted, that such steps should be taken in accordance with the basic multilateral agreements in the SAR sphere ( The IMO International convention on Maritime Search and Rescue 1979 and the Agreement on Co-operation regarding Maritime Search and Rescue Services among Black Sea Coastal States 1998), as well as bilateral agreements between the Black sea coastal states.
At the moment, the bilateral consultations between Ukraine and Turkey on search and rescue at sea are in process, the same work is conducted with the other Black Sea coastal states, that is Bulgaria and Romania.
Expressing the position of Ukrainian delegation on all the points of the Conference agenda once again proved the leading role of our state regarding maritime search and rescue on the regional level.
The next 16th Conference is going to take place in Turkey in 2021.