Black Sea Grain Initiative: ClassNK issues procedures for merchant vessels
Oct 24, 2022
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Classification Society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has issued the document entitled Black Sea Grain Initiative - Procedures for Merchant Vessels.
This document includes instructions for the vessels routing under the Initiative, pre-arrival procedures, procedures for the inspections in the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), and other instructions.
Initiative on the safe export
As it is known, on 22nd of July 2022 the Republic of Turkey, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the United Nations signed the Initiative on the safe export of grain, foodstuffs and fertilizers, including ammonia, from the Ukrainian ports.
The Initiative is based on agreements of parties of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended, (SOLAS), Regulations XI-2/11 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), Part B, paragraph 4.26; as a condition for entry to and departure from Ukrainian ports.
The purpose of this Initiative is to facilitate the safe navigation for the export of grain, foodstuffs and fertilizers, including ammonia from the Ukrainian the Ports stated in the Initiative as the Ports of Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.
General instructions for the Initiative
The Initiative can only authorize the export of cargo from the Ukrainian ports. The Initiative cannot authorize the import of cargo into the Ukrainian Ports.
All vessels shall transmit on Automatic Information System (AIS) at all times whilst participating in the Initiative.
The operations within the Initiative will be coordinated by the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) in Istanbul, by representatives of the three parties and the United Nations.
Vessels must be at Maritime Security (MARSEC) level 3 in compliance with the requirements of the government of Ukraine by the time they arrive at the Turkish Inspection Area (see below) and to be prepared for inspection as described in paragraph 31.
As a vessel moves through the Maritime Humanitarian Corridor, it is additionally protected by a buffer zone.
Vessels routing under the Initiative
The Initiative protects a route between the Turkish Inspection Area and the Ukrainian Ports. The route is divided into several segments, each of which is subject to different levels of control under the ISPS Code, and different levels of protection under the Initiative.
Black Sea Grain Initiative - Procedures for Merchant Vessels: