February 2023

Russian military exercises/drills at the Black Sea on 13-19 February 2022 & Russian Invasion

To the attention of our business partners;

Please be informed that a local correspondent company in Russia, named Axis Ltd, has recently circulated attached self-explanatory e-mail message regarding the news about the military exercises / drills of Russian Navy in Black Sea and Sea of Azov including Kerch Strait. Axis has checked the validity of the news and stated that there is currently no such blockage for the merchant vessels passing through mentioned areas except from the periodic exercises being performed at temporarily dangerous areas, the list of which is also attached (as prepared by Axis). You may also find all referred bulletins and warnings as attached to this e-mail.

In a nutshell, the relevant circular is shedding a light whether the news about Russian military drills occupying some areas at Blacksea & Azov thus preventing navigation of merchant vessels, is true or not. Axis says that there is currently no safety concerns for the merchant vessels calling to Ukranian and Russian Ports. However, the current navigational warnings must be followed carefully. For further reading, we attach relevant e-mail of Axis along with referred enclosures. You may also read further details of recent news from below given links:

In addition to above, we have received attached news from Axis (on 15.02.2022) related to Russian Invasion. Despite the hot topic that Russian Invasion can start any time, Axis says that there is currently no safety concern for the vessels calling Ukranian and Russian Ports in Blacksea and Sea of Azov. You may reach recent news on Russian Invasion from

While Ukraine has called for a meeting with Russia regarding the military exercises on country’s borders, Russia in the meantime, reportedly has started planned navy drills in Black Sea in line with previously drill announcements: Russian Navy to hold exercises in all zones of responsibility Jan-Feb - Military & Defense - TASS

Axis has stated that there is currently no safety concerns for the vessels calling at Ukranian and Russian Ports and the only recommendation to the masters is to pay attention to the current navigational warnings, not to enter to temporarily dangerous areas where the regular military exercises are ongoing. If the vessels accidentally approach to areas where military exercises are ongoing and thus closed to navigation, then Russian navy will warn those vessels to change their courses.

While the tension between Russia and Ukraine keeps building up nowadays, we hereby recommend you to check the latest position at mentioned areas with the local agents and correspondents before vessel’s calls/passages and pay utmost attention to the current navigational warnings. On top of this, attached new list has been published by the Joint War Committee dated 15.02.2022 and your broker should contact you to inform as to when this new list will be effective.

Best regards,