11:22 10.02.2017

Ukraine informs IMO seafarers from Crimea, Sevastopol have invalid documents

Ukraine has informed the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that documents issued to seafarers on the temporary occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol are invalid.

The press service of Ukrainian Sea Port Authority gave the information, referring to the document submitted by Ukraine to the IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW).

"Any documents [both qualification and seafarers' identity documents] issued after July 15, 2014 by so-called seaport captains on the temporary occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol are invalid. They would not have any legal implications and are to be considered fake," the press service said.

The Ukrainian delegations paid attention of IMO members to the fact that the seafarers' documents by legal Ukrainian authorities (seaports Izmail, Mariupol, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kherson and Chornomorsk) remain valid.

The IMO sub-committee took note of the information presented by Ukraine.

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