Ukrainian authorities have restricted the work of the Shipping Register of Ukraine, an agency charged with promoting shipping safety, due to its connections to a Russian sister company. Speaking to Sputnik, Ukrainian economist Oleg Soskin complained that Kiev’s decision threatens to destroy Ukraine’s network of shipyards and repair facilities.
Kiev officials have introduced sanctions against the Shipping Register of Ukraine, a classification society engaged in ensuring safety in shipping, navigation, life at sea, the safe carriage of cargo, environmental security, etc. Kiev tied the move to the sanctioning of the Register’s sister company, the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, which it accused of ‘illegal operations’ in ‘occupied Crimea’.
Before the restrictions went into effect, the agency had also been charged with the technical supervision of the repair of foreign ships at Ukrainian shipyards and dock repair facilities.
Starting on Tuesday, the work of the Registrar has been restricted. Economists have already calculated that as a result, Ukrainian shipyards, which are already struggling from a lack of new orders in recent years, will be completely paralyzed, with a series of previously-concluded repair contracts in jeopardy. The move effectively threatens to close several of the country’s port facilities, with thousands of employees’ jobs at stake.