Greek ships with 66 sailors in the Black Sea

In Ukraine, there are nine Greek ships in the Black Sea, with a crew of 66 Greek sailors. The Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy reacted immediately. Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis says:

“Our main priority is the safety of our sailors. Already at dawn (February 24), the operational headquarters of the Coast Guard was put on full alert and is in constant communication with the captains of the ships in the northern Black Sea, and appropriate instructions were given,” he quotes

Detailed message from the Ministry of Shipping:

“In the sea area of ​​the northern Black Sea there are 8 ships with the Greek flag, as well as a ship belonging to Greece with the Maltese flag. These nine ships serve 66 Greek sailors.
Of the eight Greek merchant ships, two are in Odessa, three in the Kerch Strait and three in Novorossiysk. The Greek ship is in Odessa. Of the eight ships under the Greek flag, three are cargo ships and five are tankers. The ship, owned by the Greeks, is a cargo ship.
The mobilization of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy was immediate. Already early in the morning, by order of the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Yannis Plakiotakis, the Coast Guard Operations Center was put on high alert, which is in constant contact with both the captains of these ships and with the security officers (DPI) of the shipping companies that manage these ships. court.

The Joint Military Committee of the Lloyd’s Market Association LMA (Μικτή Στρατιωτική Επιτροπή του Lloyd’s Market Association) has included the Russian and Ukrainian waters of the Black and Azov Seas into the list of areas with increased military, piracy, terrorist and related danger. Based on the above announcement by the LMA, the terms and conditions of war risk insurance for ships in the area in question are subject to change and will be subject to special negotiations between shipowners and insurers.

As far as seafarers are concerned, the announcement does not currently affect their conditions of service. The Greek shipping community (NEE, EEE and EENMA) as well as the Panhellenic Maritime Federation and PEPEN have already been informed by YNANP of the above development. Also, from the point of view of the Office of Ships Control, an increase in the level of security of ships flying the Greek flag in accordance with the International Code of Safety ISPS is being considered.

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