The Seafarers’ Certification Inspectorate remains legitimate
The Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal ruled that the liquidation of the Inspectorate for Training and Certification of Seafarers (ITCS) was illegal.
The court, by its decision of October 11th, rejected the appeals of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, which they had filed against the decision of the Kyiv District Administrative Court of June 23rd. And he left this decision in force.
In particular, the Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the previous instance court “to declare illegal and invalid from the moment of adoption of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated August 19th, 2020 №739 “Some issues of training and certification of seafarers”.
In addition, the court’s decision remained in force on recognizing two orders of the Ministry of Infrastructure as “illegal and invalid from the moment of adoption”: “On amendments to some regulatory legal acts of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the loss of force of the order of the Ministry of Transport dated October 17th, 2001 №693″ (dated October 12th, 2020, №614) and” On termination by liquidation of the Inspection for Training and Certification of Seafarers “(dated September 30th, 2020, №591). By these orders, the functions of the Inspectorate for the Training and Certification of Seafarers were transferred to the Maritime Administration.
The Inspectorate for Training and Certification of Seafarers has been operating since 2001.
As a reminder, Ukraine canceled the mandatory periodic recertification of seafarers.