In framework of permanent cooperation our Association informed on June, 11 Paris Memorandum of Understanding of Port State Control (Paris MoU) on negative consequences of Russia’s criminal undermining dam of Kakhovka HPP for maritime ecology and trade shipping in Black Sea.

In ARC’s submission, prepared by expert group, leaded by Professor Borys Babin, and published by Paris MoU, Association points that undermining of the Kakhovka HPP by the Russians will have catastrophic consequences for the future recovery of shipping in particular.

Submission, sent also to ILO, IMO, FAO, to other MoU and national maritime administrations, stated that the Dnipro River will remain navigable beyond Dniproges, but below not for a long time; after the water level drops, the ships will run aground there, and this may threaten the spillage of fuel and lubricants.

Submission stressed that destruction the Kakhovka HPP dam created danger not for Ukraine’s internal shipping only, as uncontrolled moment explosion of some cubic kilometers of water will definitely change the navigational situation in Northern part of Black Sea adjacent to Dnipro-Bug Estuary.

More, ARC stated that destruction the Kakhovka HPP caused pollution of Northern part of Black Sea adjacent to Dnipro-Bug Estuary by hundred thousands of ton of floating rubbish, including wood and plastic constructions and trees from flooded territory, that the epidemic and mine danger became stronger in Northern part of Black Sea also.

ARC stated that regarding Black Sea currents in some days such danger satiation will appear in territorial sea and exclusive economic maritime zone of Romania, than Bulgaria and later Turkey.

So, ARC stressed, explosion and destruction Kakhovka NPP by Russia violated the demands of international humanitarian and human rights law, also as maritime safety, guaranteed by the UNCLOS, SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW Conventions, and the immediate reaction of the international organizations was required.

Paris MoU informed ARC that Memorandum officials have informed its members States of the notification; also on June 17 the relevant information was reflected in EU Report, supported by other European states, to ILO Governing Body on its 348th Session in Geneva.

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