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Ukraine asks Georgia to investigate catastrophe of Ukrainian trawler Ivan Holubets

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian ocean trawler sunk after a fire on the shores of Mauritania on July 21
16:26, 24 July 2019

Ukrainian trawler ‘Ivan Holubets’ on fire
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The State Agency for Fisheries of Ukraine addressed the authorities of Georgia concerning the investigation of the tragedy of Ukrainian ocean trawler Ivan Holubets, which, after a long-lasting fire on July 21, sank on the coast of Mauritania. This was reported by the press service of the State Agency for Fisheries.

“The State Agency for Fisheries turned to the competent bodies of Georgia, as a flag state, for the objective investigation and clarification of causes of the incident on ‘Ivan Holubets’ trawler, involving the authorities of Mauritania in whose territorial waters the incident took place,” the message reads.  

In addition, the agency initiated the creation of a commission with the involvement of other central executive bodies and state enterprises.

The agency noted that the trawler had been temporarily registered in the International Register of Trade Fleet of Georgia (for the period of the bareboat charter contract). The ship was under the flag of Georgia and was fishing in the territorial waters of Mauritania and Belize. ‘Ivan Holubets’ ship belongs to the State Enterprise ‘Service’ on the grounds of the Certificate of ownership.  

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As it was reported earlier, Russian President Putin's decree that closes the air traffic between Russia and Georgia took effect on July 8, 2019. The document foresees that the direct air transfers between the two countries are ceased. The ban concerns both Russian and Georgian airlines. 

The reason for such a decision was the mass anti-Russian protest in Tbilisi. The massive rally started after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov began to speak during the session of the Georgian parliament. He sat in the chair of the parliamentary speaker and spoke Russian. His speech was interrupted by opposition lawmakers who demanded that the Russian delegation leave the parliament.

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