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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

PORTS AND TERMINALS INFORMATION

RUSSIAN PILOTS READY TO GO ON NATIONAL STRIKE DUE TO THE SITUATION IN NOVOROSSIYSK AND THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO DE-PRIVATISE THE ENTIRE PILOT SYSTEM IN RUSSIA

According to the Russian Maritime Pilots’ Association (RMPA), the Ministry of Transport has declared de-privatisation of the national independent pilotage system based on the “Novorossiysk-model”.  This will lead to deterioration of the service performed by independent, highly qualified professional pilots in the main ports of Russia, which has been in existence for nine years, RMPA claims.

Further to our articles in Weekly NEWS No. 31/2000 and P&T Circular No. 5/2000, RMPA claims that their pilots in Novorossiysk have been deprived of their jobs for over three months as a result of the Port Authority of Novorossiysk’s employment of their own personnel for piloting.

Based on a resolution adopted by the VI Extraordinary Conference of the RMPA dated 26 September 2000 in Moscow, RMPA requires the following to be settled by 9 October 2000:

**  The Russian Federation Ministry of Transport to cease all actions against RMPA pilots   in Novorossiysk.
**  The Russian Federation Ministry of Transport to provide a draft to the Russian Federation Government of their Decree concerning the particulars of establishing private pilot organisations together with the list of the 22 previously agreed ports at which RMPA pilots are allowed to serve.
**  The Russian Federation Ministry of Transport to produce the Maritime Pilots Regulations to the Ministry of Justice for their official registration.
**  The Russian Federation Ministry of Antitrust Policy and Enterprise Protection to take measures to stop violation of the antitrust legislation applying to the provision of pilotage services to ships.

Unless the above requirements are met the RMPA organised pilots are ready to go on strike as from 9 October 2000 in the following ports:  Archangels – Kaliningrad – Kamchatsky – Murmansk – Nachodka – Nikolayevsk-on-the-Amur – Novorossiysk – Petropavlovsk – St. Petersburg – Tuapse – Viborg – Vladivostok.

INTERTANKO will monitor the situation and keep members updated.

Source: The Russian Maritime Pilots’ Association, St. Petersburg