In Ashgabat, the fifth meeting of authorized representatives of the Caspian states began to discuss the draft protocol on cooperation in the field of ensuring the safety of navigation in the Caspian Sea. The two-day meeting was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Industry and Communications, and the State Enterprise for the Caspian Sea under the President of Turkmenistan.
The meeting is attended by experts from five Caspian states - Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan. The development of this protocol is stipulated by the Agreement on Security Cooperation in the Caspian Sea, signed in November 2010 at the III summit of the heads of the Caspian littoral states in Baku.
The main objectives of the protocol under discussion are the prevention of collisions of ships, the protection of the life and health of crew members of ships and passengers, as well as ensuring the safety of ships and cargo. In this regard, experts discuss the organization of search and rescue at sea, establishing controls at seaports, investigating accidents, and preventing the negative impact of external factors dangerous for navigation, including man-made marine structures - submarine cables, pipelines, drilling platforms and other objects.