LONDON, March 15, 2022.  Secretary General, Jay Grant IPM of the INTERPORTPOLICE, an intergovernmental NGO with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), announced that Deputy Secretary General Chris Trelawny IPM was in place to observe the extraordinary session of its Council (C/ES.35), held on 10 and 11 March 2022, to address the impacts on shipping and seafarers of the situation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

INTERPORTPOLICE fully supports the decisions of the IMO Council to:

“encourage the establishment, as a provisional and urgent measure, of a blue safe maritime corridor to allow the safe evacuation of seafarers and ships from the high-risk and affected areas in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to a safe place in order to protect the life of seafarers, ensure the mobilization and commercial navigation of vessels intending to use this corridor by avoiding military attacks and protecting and securing the maritime domain.”

and supports the IMO Council in that, inter alia, it:

“strongly condemned the Russian Federation’s violation of the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of a United Nations Member State, extending to its territorial waters, which was inconsistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the purposes of IMO as set forth in Article 1 of the Convention, and represents a grave danger to life and serious risk to the safety of navigation and the marine environment”.

INTERPORTPOLICE is shocked and saddened by the human suffering that is the result of actions of war in Ukraine and expresses its concern for the safety of port police and security personnel and their loved ones affected.   

INTERPORTPOLICE supports the action of the United Nations and welcomes the General Assembly resolution (A/RES/ES-11/1, 2 March 2022) which, inter alia, condemned the declaration by the Russian Federation of a “special military operation” in Ukraine, deplored in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine in violation of Article 2(4) of the Charter, and demanded that the Russian Federation immediately cease its use of force against Ukraine and refrain from any further unlawful threat or use of force against any Member State.