London Club has informed members that owners whose ships call at ports in Crimea and the Black Sea should be aware that Omur Marine Ltd, one of the Club correspondents in Istanbul, has highlighted a Circular from the Turkish Chamber of Shipping stating that the Turkish government and Turkish port authorities:
· would not allow vessels from Crimean ports to call at Turkish ports.
· would not allow vessels departing from ports in Turkey to call at Crimean ports.
They would require agents to provide undertakings:
· for vessels arriving at Turkey to confirm the previous departure port;
· for vessels departing Turkish ports to confirm that the vessel will not call the ports of the Crimean region;
· that if any part of the trade/voyage has or would in future involve Ukraine, then no part of it, including the customs, port and trade documents contain anything relating to Crimea.
Omur Marine warned that authorities would be enforcing these rules strictly and might inspect any relevant documents, log book extracts and other available sources (AIS/VDR data etc).
London Club said that members would already be aware of EU sanctions in place following the annexation by Russia of Crimea and Sevastopol in Spring 2014. The Club emphasized that its Members should ensure that they avoid trading between Crimean ports and Turkey in order to avoid breaching the Turkish regulations and potential delays/detentions/fines.