Ukraine’s online seafarer service system shut down due to ongoing investigation
The seafarer online services system is still on hiatus due to the seizure of the servers of the National Register of Seafarers’ Documents, although a separate verification protocol has been launched to avoid the collapse of the process employment.
This was announced at a press conference in Ukrinform by the deputy chairman of the Maritime Chamber of Ukraine Viacheslav Kislovsky.
“The situation in the seafarer or crew market is indeed extremely critical as it is dangerous for employment due to the suspension of seafarer certification and the problems caused by the closure of the seafarer. register and certification status, ”he said.
Kislovsky said the new leadership of the Ministry of Infrastructure, taking into account the issue of corruption in the certification of seafarers, has taken the courage to make a change.
“The new leadership of the Ministry of Infrastructure was able to launch a seafarer verification system in the short term to deal with the existing collapse as soon as possible,” he added.
Yaroslav Ilyasevich, director general of the Directorate of Maritime and River Transport of the Ministry of Infrastructure, said the online service system for seafarers will resume operations soon.
“In order for the system to work in one way or another and not affect the processes that allow seafarers to work, the Ministry of Infrastructure, together with the Maritime Administration, has reinstated the option of verification. “, did he declare.
According to Ilyasevich, since the verification began about two weeks ago, around 2,000 documents from sailors have been checked.
As reported, on July 15, as part of a criminal investigation, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) seized the servers of the National Registry of Seafarers’ Documents and the Electronic Seafarer Office, thus blocking their operation. .
The raid was part of the investigation, carried out jointly with the Ministry of Infrastructure, to expose a plan of massive corruption in violation of the legitimate process of issuing permits to seafarers. The accomplices in the scheme allegedly received an annual illegal profit total of nearly $ 150 million.
The fraud exposed the combined operations of a network of middlemen who, for a fee, “helped” seafarers to pass regular credential checks with unauthorized interference in the work of the government-run registry.