Harbour Master of Mykolaiiv port provided against departure of ship on demand of ecologists
11 July 2019, 18:47
Serhii Hurtovyi, Harbour Master of the Mykolaiiv sea port appointed by the Maritime Administration, provided against departure of the ship Harvest Moon (the flag of Marshall Islands) from the port based on demand of the State Ecological Inspectorate of the Crimea-Black Sea constituency (of the State Ecological Inspectorate), as the Order issued by the Harbour Master reads, the site “Ports of Ukraine” reports.
“Based on decision by the State Ecological Inspectorate on prohibition of departure of the ship Harvest Moon from the Mykolaiiv sea port due to pollution of the internal waters of Ukraine. According to the Code of the merchant shipping (…) to refuse the departure from the Mykolaiiv Sea Port by the ship Harvest Moon, IMO 9113410 until the violations discovered as the result of control are eliminated, or until the due fines are paid, or other payments are made”, reads the document.
Recently, the European business association addressed the Prime-Minister Volodymyr Groisman and the Government to take observation of law in sea ports under control.
At the moment, harbor masters are under pressure and, in order to avoid problems, either take sea leaves or agree to provide against ships departure from ports on demand of “ecological inspectors”.
Last week, acting harbor master of Pivdennyi Port, appointed by the Maritime Administration, provided against departure of the ship Anangel Happiness (the flag of Greece) based on claims by the State Ecological Inspectorate.
In June 2019, the employees of the State Ecological Inspectorate, without waiting for a court ruling, demanded payment of loss in the size of $21,7k from the owner of the ship Dionysus (the flag of Liberia), supposedly for pollution of the water area of the Odesa sea port resulting from the ballast water pumping out.
In April 2019, Prime-Minister Volodymyr Groisman signed the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 367 dated 27 March 2019 “On some deregulations issues of business activity”. The decree, among other things, cancels control of isolated ballast and coordination of reloading technology for each kind of cargo with the State Ecological Inspectorate, and the procedure of detection of ship pollutant discharge was brought in line with the requirements of the Convention MARPOL 73/78. Besides that, the decree establishes that water checks on ships shall not be carried out by the State Ecological Inspectorate until the procedure for running checks, sampling and analyses comes into force.
“The decision by the Government, passed with support of the Prime-Minister Volodymyr Groisman, will not only settle one of the most problematic issues in the relations between business and the State Ecological Inspectorate, but will also bring the rules of work in the Ukrainian ports in line with the international conventions that Ukraine became earlier party of. I thank the Government for a balanced approach to a further deregulation and enhancement of the investment appeal of our ports”, Raivis Vetskagans, Acting Head commented the event.
According to approximate estimates by representatives of the maritime business community, the unresolved issues of the State Ecological Inspectorate activity, which for the last 16 months caused demurrage with total annual losses as non-created GDP and lost profits by the state and business reaching $200 m.