Ukraine closing ports in Crimea
The Ukrainian ministry for infrastructure is preparing a normative act concerning the temporary closure of port management companies on the Crimean peninsula.
The country’s head of the state inspectorate for safety in maritime and river transport, Pavel Bulanovich, justified the move by saying that the state was no longer able to guarantee safe navigation in the area, or ensure the safety of objects being handled as cargo, particularly in the five Crimean ports (Yalta, Feodosiya, Kerch, Sevastopol, and Yevpatoria) and at the terminals on of the peninsula.
According to Bulanovich, the act is expected to go into force in the near future. Ukraine informed the IMO, as well as the member states and representatives of international companies that are accredited by the IMO, about the situation at the end of May. (ku)