Ukraine has announced temporary corridors in the Black Sea for merchant ships sailing to and from Ukrainian ports.
This was reported by the press service of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“According to the order of the navigation order of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine No. 6 dated 08.08.2023, new temporary routes for the movement of civilian ships to / from the Black Sea seaports of Ukraine were announced. At the same time, it is reported that the military threat and mine danger from the Russian Federation remain throughout all routes,” – the message says.
Previously, Ukraine offered these routes in an appeal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO Council recognized Ukraine’s right to free commercial navigation, guaranteed by international maritime law.
In addition, the International Maritime Organization called on the Russian Federation to comply with international conventions and stop threats to merchant shipping in the Black Sea.
“The indicated routes will primarily be used to enable the exit of civilian ships located in the Ukrainian ports of Chornomorsk, Odessa and Yuzhny since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia on February 24, 2022,” the Navy added.
Vessels whose owners or captains officially confirm their readiness to sail in the current conditions will be allowed to pass.
Source : Epravda