MIU proposes to expand the list of navigable inland waters
The Ministry of Infrastructure has developed a draft resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers “On approval of the list of inland sea waters and waterways classified as navigable.”
The project implements the norms of the Water Code of Ukraine and the Law “On Inland Water Transport”, which comes into force on January 1st.
The IWT Law introduces new terminology in the industry. In accordance with Article 1 of the Law, inland waterways are surface waters (except for the water areas of seaports, navigable canals and inland sea waters) classified by the Cabinet of Ministers as navigable.
According to Article 3 of the Water Code, the water fund of Ukraine includes, in particular, surface waters: natural reservoirs (lakes), watercourses (rivers, streams), artificial reservoirs (reservoirs, ponds), canals, etc.
Now the list of navigable IWT and military equipment was approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers dated June 12th, 1996 No. 640, as required by Article 67 of the Water Code, which is valid until January 1st.
But in Resolution No. 640 there is no section on internal sea waters, and the list of GDP does not fully meet the definition given in the IWT Law.
The project proposes to approve the list of inland sea waters and inland waterways classified as navigable.
MIU proposes to take into account information from the current list, but supplement it with the following items:
- to expand the characteristics of the dimensions of the depth of the fairway by the indicator of the design level/level of navigation triggering;
- update the information on the classification of the waterway, in accordance with the European Agreement on the Most Important Waterways of International Importance, for the navigable sections of the Dnipro River from Kherson to Dam of the Kyiv HPP;
- take into account the navigable sections of the waterways specified in the definition of zones in the Resolution of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe: it is about the recommendations for harmonized at the European level technical requirements that apply to inland navigation vessels;
- identify areas of inland sea waters.
At the same time, the MIU proposes to recognize Resolution No. 640 as such, which has lost its force.