“We were able to organize and prove that Ukraine is a maritime country! As a matter of fact, the result of the audit turned out pleasant not just for us, but to the auditors themselves too. On average, a country gets over 22 recommendations as a result of the audit, whereas only 10 of them were suggested in regards to Ukraine”, - Omelyan wrote on his Facebook page.
According to the minister, Ukrainian professionals are now being invited to become IMO auditors, while the country itself may now serve as an example of how to prepare for such audits.
The official also stressed the imortance of the IMO audit for Ukraine, claiming that almost 80% of the global freight is transported by sea, while every sixth sailor worldwide is Ukrainian.
Volodymyr Omelyan also thanked the team assembled by the infrastructure ministry, the chairman of the Ukrainian sea port administration and the government team chaired by the Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman. He also thanked the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vashchuk and a group of high-raning Canadian experts, who helped the Ukrainian industry pass this audit.
As reported earlier, in July 2017, the Ukrainian infrastructure ministry and EDGE, a global technical solutions project funded by the Canadian government signed a joint action plan regarding reforms in the maritime security area.