Russian Maritime Law Association joins International Maritime Committee

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The legal successor of the Soviet association was expelled from the CMI in 2017

The Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA) was incorporated into the International Maritime Committee (CMI, established in 1897), RUMLA President Konstantin Krasnokutsky told IAA PortNews. The legal successor of the Soviet association was expelled from the CMI in 2017 due to non-payment of the membership fee. RUMLA undertakes to settle the debt of the previous association.

“We believe that it is not possible to be considered a full member of the international maritime transport community without a possibility to share in the same way the discussion of the Community rules and without an opportunity to communicate our position. and our demands with foreign and international actors, – Konstantin Krasnokutsky commented on the need for membership. – After the exclusion of the legal successor of the Soviet CMI association in 2017, the Russian maritime community found itself left speechless on the international stage. Such a voice is more of necessity than of prestige. Questions of importance in Russia, in particular the development of navigation in the Arctic, the guarantee of practical rescue formalities, guarantees, etc. for ship owners, as well as consistent and predictable seizure and forced sale processes, cannot be addressed without international practice being taken into account. International practice is not a solid block of solutions but a dynamic system that did not align with Russia’s maritime community until recently. Our task is to redress justice by recovering the opportunity for international collaboration both through government organizations (the International Maritime Organization as a United Nations agency) and through the International Maritime Committee (CMI, created in 1897), one of the oldest and respected global platforms.

According to Konstantin Krasnokutsky, all associations participate in the activities of the CMI by involving their representatives in working groups, committees and sub-committees as well as by communicating their consolidated positions and their relevant experience in the most difficult questions of maritime law.

“For our part, we would like to participate in the activities of groups focused on issues where our country has high expertise, including polar navigation and the unification of regulations and administration of law (in this regard we will lend further more attention to the outlet of our association, the magazine Droit Maritime), responsibility for damage to the environment. In addition, CMI is currently working on a Beijing project, an international instrument for the recognition of the judicial sale of ships. Following the general assembly of RUMLA members held on October 8, all proposals expressed by members will be consolidated with an overview of our capabilities and priorities, ”said Konstantin Krasnokutsky.

The Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA) is a non-profit organization entirely dedicated to the promotion and study of maritime law in Russia and around the world.