INTERCARGO calls on IMO and member states to engage with Russia and Ukraine

Shipowners’ association INTERCARGO has called on the IMO, member states and governments to engage “effectively” with the involved countries and local authorities to ensure safe passage out of danger for ships and their crews.

The association noted that the vast majority of ships trapped off Ukraine were bulkers carrying grain cargoes such as wheat and corn and coal cargoes.

It said that dry bulk owners were doing everything they could to ensure the safety of their crews and their vessels, but said that it was now time for authorities to step in and provide:

  • A safe maritime corridor to enable ships to sail out of the area,
  • Safe land corridors to get crews back aboard the ships that need to sail away.

“Our Association has co-sponsored, with industry partners, a paper submission to IMO on how seafarers’ safety, security, and welfare have been impacted and developing a series of pragmatic and practical solutions.”

INTERCARGO said that it was grateful to crew nations, adjacent countries, port states and flag states for their ongoing support, but said that “more coordination is needed if we are to ensure the safety of crews and ships”.