Ukrainian maritime industry holds its breath

One of Ukraine’s leading Crewing Agencies is closely monitoring the developments of the crisis in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine. ShippingWatch has interviewed Adriatico Crewing with offices in Odessa, Sevastopol and Mariupol. Still, it is almost business as usual.

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The occupation of Crimea and the latest severe confrontations in the Eastern part of Ukraine are causing concern and uncertainty, also to the huge maritime community of the country.

Crimea has five commercial ports whose functional nationality has yet to be defined. Some charterers have already cancelled ports of call in Crimea to Ilychevsk, 30 km from Odessa. And cruise liners this summer may opt out of stopping in Crimea which plays a vital role with ports of entry and exit for a substantial part of the cargo of the region but also in terms of crewing agencies.

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