On March 15, 2017 in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan started another round of talks between representatives of the Caspian states to discuss the draft "Protocol on Cooperation in the field of Securing Maritime Safety in the Caspian Sea." Delegations from the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation arrived to Ashgabat to attend the meeting.
The "Protocol on Cooperation in the Field of Securing Maritime Safety in the Caspian Sea", considered during the current round of negotiations, is connected with the prevention of accidents of sea vessels, the protection of life and health of the crew members of ships and passengers, ensuring the safety of the vehicles themselves and the goods transported to them.
During the two-day meeting, the parties will consider issues related to the implementation of established requirements, norms and standards for the design, equipment and supply of sea-going vessels, as well as their operation and crew qualification. The parties will also discuss the organization of search and rescue operations at sea, establishing control in seaports, investigating accidents, preventing the negative impact of external factors dangerous for navigation, including artificial offshore structures - submarine cables, pipelines, drilling platforms, and other vessels.