Border service bans clearance of vessels at Ust-Luga anchorage if there are surveyors onboard
From April 1, 2015, Ust-Luga port’s border service under FSB of Russia has banned handling of vessels at the anchorage No 11 of port Ust-Luga if there are unauthorized persons onboard (surveyors, forwarders etc.), IAA PortNews learnt from the agency companies operating in Ust-Luga. According to the source, the companies had been informed about the new rule by Aleksei Ivontjev, head of Ust-Luga check-point.
There is no written order so far. The agency and survey companies asked by IAA PortNews say there are no legal grounds for introduction of such regulations by border services. Such a measure has been introduced for the first time since Ust-Luga port was put into operation in 2011.
Under the new rules, ‘unauthorized persons’ are practically expected to come and to leave on their own by a rented boat. The border service should be informed by ‘unauthorized persons’ about their departure by any method as “as they cannot leave the vessel together with the arrival of the state commission”, the rules say. The commission starts moving towards a vessel only when informed.
Boat rent costs about $500 per hour in Ust-Luga and it should be rented for at least 3 hours to perform the survey. Besides, an additional permit of the border services is required for a boat to approach a vessel at Ust-Luga anchorage.
So, the source says, this will entail the extension of the idle period of vessels and additional costs for ship owners.
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