Sanctions: letters with IMO about wether russian vessel Shtandart is falling or not within the scope of the relevant international conventions

Sanctions: letter to IMO about wether russian vessel Shtandart is falling or not within the scope of the relevant international conventions
Under the pressure of a pro-russian lobby, the French governmental agency in charge of controlling the respect of sanctions pretends russian vessel « Shtandart » can bypass EU regulation because it would not be a ship falling within the scope of the relevant international conventions. The question was asked to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Natasha Brown
28 mars 2023 17:05

Dear Bernard,

Some of the treaties you mention in the list only apply to certain types of ships – for example, CLC applies to oil tankers.

With regards to SOLAS, there are exceptions and exemptions:

SOLAS Chapter I
General Provisions:
Exceptions and Exemptions

See attached

A passenger ship is one carrying 12 or more passengers 

Best regards,
Natasha Brown

Natasha Brown​
Public Information Services
Legal Affairs and External Relations Division
t: +44 (0)20 7587 3274 w:

Gangcan Rao <>
28 mars 2023 15:46

Dear Sir or Madam,

Many thanks for your enquiry about  Russian ship “Shtandart”.

IMO was established to provide a forum for governments to adopt global standards on maritime matters. However, it is prerogative right and obligation of Member States to implement them, including application and interpretation as appropriate. If necessary, Member States may raise any issues to relevant committees or sub-committee of IMO as per the well-established procedure of IMO. In this context, as the IMO Secretariat, we are not entitled to interpret regulations or make any arbitration to the issue raised in your email.

If necessary, you may approach directly to the flag Administration for further information or clarification/interpretation.

My best regards,

Gangcan Rao​ Head, Instruments Implementation Support 
Department for Member State Audit and Implementation Support       
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To: International Maritime Organization
4, Albert Embankment
United Kingdom
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From: Bernard Grua
#NoShtandartInEurope committee 

Re: Is the Russian ship « Shtandart » falling within the scope of IMO relevant international conventions?

Sainte-Luce sur Loire, March 25, 2023

Dear Madam, dear Sir,

Since April 2022, the Russian ship « Shtandart », visits numerous European ports and maritime festivals, handling, there, a commercial activity.,_1999)

However, Council Regulation (EU) N° 833/2014 in its article 3ea states:

1.   It shall be prohibited to provide access, after 16 April 2022, to ports and, after 29 July 2022, to locks in the territory of the Union, to any vessel registered under the flag of Russia, with the exception of access to locks for the purpose of leaving the territory of the Union

3.   For the purposes of this Article, with the exception of paragraph 1a, a ‘vessel’ means:
(a) a ship falling within the scope of the relevant international conventions;
(b) a yacht, of 15 metres in length or more, which does not carry cargo and carrying no more than 12 passengers; or
(c) recreational craft or personal watercraft as defined in Directive 2013/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 9 )

Although « Shtandart » frequently carries tens of passengers, there is a controversy about whether this vessel is concerned or not by SOLAS Convention.

Taking SOLAS apart, could you please confirm our conclusion about the fact that « Shtandart » is « falling within the scope of the (other) relevant international conventions » ?

Many thanks in advance for your answer.

Sincerely yours,

Bernard Grua, #NoShtandartInEurope spokesperson

9 ) Directive 2013/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 on recreational craft and personal watercraft and repealing Directive 94/25/EC (OJ L 354, 28.12.2013, p. 90)

Exhibit: list of IMO Conventions

Key IMO Conventions

  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS, 1974, as amended.
  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto and by the Protocol of 1997 (MARPOL)
  • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers ( STCW) as amended, including the 1995 and 2010 Manila Amendments

Other conventions relating to maritime safety and security and ship/port interface

Other conventions relating to prevention of marine pollution

Conventions covering liability and compensation

Other subjects

Convention establishing IMO


Publié par Bernard Grua

Graduated from Paris "Institut d'Etudes Politiques", financial auditor, photographer, founder and spokesperson of the worldwide movement which opposed to the delivery of Mitral invasion vessels to Putin's Russia, contributor to French and foreign media for culture, heritage and geopolitics.

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