Black Sea basin ship owners suggest forming new association (PHOTO)
The Black Sea International Ship Owners Association (BSISOA) was one of the initiators of the establishment of the association of ports, shipyard enterprises and shipping companies of the Black Sea basin, Aydin Bashirov, Chief of the Azerbaijani state-run Caspian Shipping Company, told the organisation's 15th meeting in Baku on Wednesday.
He said executive bodies of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation (BSECO) are examining and agreed on the project entitled "Integrated Marine Policy Recommendations in the Sphere of Marine Transport, Ports, Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Works in the Black Sea Basin"
The project was drafted by the Black Sea Ship Repair Workers and Shipbuilders Association (BSRWSA), the BSISOA, the Black Sea and Sea of Azov Ports Association (BSSAPA), and the BSECO Transport Unions Association (TUA).
"The BSISOA Secretariat asked the International Transport Academy and the Market Issues and Economical-Ecological Studies Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine to join together to work on this project," Mr. Bashirov said.
Aside from the main BSISOA Baku meeting, delegates also examined urgent matters relating to further support for the implementation of BSECO transport projects in the region.
Discussions were also held on the cooperation of international non-governmental transport organisations having the status of partnership in BSECO; development of the draft recommendations on the Black Sea integrated marine policy, economy and exploitation, environment and marine law protection.
At the meeting, particular attention was paid to the issues of strengthening business partnerships amongst association members and the development and deepening of all forms of interaction and cooperation as well as membership of international marine organisations.
Other issues pertaining to the practical activity of the Association were examined as well as specified key directions of work for 2011-2012, the estimate of costs for 2012 and other matters.