Ukrainian Parliament (Verhovnaya Rada) is considering legislation draft with new mobilization regulations, excluding certain categories of citizens from the general army draft. According to new legislation, Ukrainian seamen – both officers and rank – will be excluded from the general draft and as such, will be allowed to leave the country, to carry out their job contracts.
Ukrainian seafarers share in world sea labor total number is quite substantial, Ukrainian officers are ranked among the most educated and reliable, so the news is quite great for ship owners, managers, and crew. Hopefully, the legislation draft will pass all the hearings and come into force, real soon. Ukraine has to look into a peaceful future where the country will have to rebuild its economy, and Ukrainian sea labor, in this sense, is quite an asset.