The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) welcomes the international agreement reached last Friday July 22 to establish a humanitarian maritime corridor which should enable ships to export essential cargoes of grain and foodstuffs from Ukrainian seaports. These products are critical in terms of addressing the global food crisis and alleviating the suffering of millions of people around the world.
IAPH commends Ukrainian port workers, represented through the Maritime Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, who are making every effort to prepare the ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi for the resumption of maritime traffic under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.
The missile attacks which struck the port of Odesa less than 24 hours after the signature of the international agreement gravely undermine these efforts and seriously jeopardize the reliability of such an accord.
The terms of Friday’s agreement determines that the Russian Federation should not undertake any attacks against port facilities and merchant vessels engaged in the export of critical cargoes.
The safety and security of all port workers and seafarers who enable maritime traffic from Ukrainian seaports should be absolutely guaranteed if the agreement is to achieve results within the planned deadline.
IAPH and The Seafarers’ Charity appeal to maritime industry to support Ukrainian port workers
IAPH has been working to support port workers and their families impacted by the humanitarian disaster caused by the war in Ukraine. This emergency appeal is being coordinated by IAPH and The Seafarers’ Charity. Funds raised are being distributed to appropriate delivery partners operating in Ukraine including the Maritime Transport Workers Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) and its welfare fund Mortrans.
Call by Ukrainian Seaports Authority for applications to join cargo convoys
The Ukrainian Seaports Authority have in the meantime issued a communique advising that preparations are being made at the Ukrainian ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi for cargo operations, requesting applications for the inclusion of those vessels which will be led by convoy to and from these ports.
Photo credit: IAPH. The Ukrainian port of Odesa.