A regular meeting of the Marine Board under the Government of the Russian Federation was held in Sevastopol. The chairman of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR), Yuri Sukhorukov visited the meeting.
During the meeting there were risen the national security issues in part of the maritime activities in 2018. Such issues as proposals for the national security and the drawing up of the urgent measures for returning the normal conditions for the maritime activities were also discussed.
Yuri Borisov, the chairman of the Marine Board, said the state of the national security in the maritime industry is assessed as satisfactory. “At the same time, the regular monitoring and the preparedness for the quick actions to neutralize new challenges and threats are required,” he said. Yuri Borisov added that the terrorist offenses and extremist activities against maritime transport were prevented. Throughout the meeting the delegates actively discussed the heritage protection, including lighthouses, the legendary warships and commercial vessels, as the first nuclear-powered submarine “Leninsky Komsomol" and the icebreaker "Lenin", respectively.
The SUR firmly believes that the maritime heritage is a tribute to the famous people, particularly the seafarers of the commercial fleet. So, the memorial plaque dedicated to the captain Aram Oganov was opened on October 9, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The proposal to memorize the name of the commercial seafarer was pushed forward by the Baltic Territorial Organization of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR BTO). His name is inseparably associated with Leningrad and its history, Baltic Shipping Company (BSC) and the passenger line establishment in the USSR. Aram Oganov was a pioneer in organizing of the passenger shipping in BSC, when the well-known Leningrad-New-York and Leningrad-Montreal lines started to work. At that time his fame spread beyond the USSR and actually then Leningrad became a passenger shipping centre in the country.
The next meeting of the Marine Board will be held in September in St. Petersburg. The agenda will include such issues as validating of the outer limits of the continental shelf of the Russian Federation and the prospects for its development and study. There will be discussed measures for the development of the cruise shipping and compliance with the IMO's marine fuel requirements.
Reference: The Marine Board under the Government of the Russian Federation is a permanent body ensuring the coordinated actions between the federal executive authorities, executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and organizations in part of the maritime activities, researching and exploitation of the World Ocean, the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Source: marine.gov.ru; SUR BTO