The Marine Industry Calls for The Evacuation of Trapped Mariners Due to The Conflict in Ukraine.
21 February 2023
The open letter asks Guterres to urgently rescue 331 mariners stuck in the Sea of Azov and Black Sea by using his diplomatic power to help them escape. Many shipping firms, maritime organizations, shipping unions, and other nautical organisations all signed the letter. As it negotiated a deal to let controlled grain exports out of Ukraine, the UN partially succeeded in minimizing the effects of the war in Ukraine on the marine sector and international trade. However in October 2022, Russia stopped its involvement in the initiative, raising questions on the plan. In order to help the local mariners, the Stella Maris has resumed ship visits in Odesa.
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