UKRAINE: NEW PROCEDURES FOR TAKING ECOLOGICAL SAMPLES
September 12, 2019
The Government of Ukraine has now published the full text of the Regulation on Inspection, Taking Samples of Water and Conducting its Analysis and which came into force on 5 September 2019. The regulations set out the procedures to be followed when taking ballast water samples. It also clarifies that there should be representatives from the maritime administration, the master of the ship and from the maritime agent present when samples are taken. If inspectors come alone without the proper representatives present they should not be allowed access. Segregated ballast water is not subject to these new controls, but the advice from local correspondents is always to make sure that the ship’s interests are protected by having the various representatives present at all times when any samples are requested or taken.