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Government bars access to UK ports for vessels connected to Russia

2 March Update: The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has written to UK ports requesting that they deny entry to vessels that are owned, controlled, chartered, or operated by any person connected with Russia or any individuals that have been sanctioned as well as any ships that are Russian flagged or registered.

The ‘open port duty’ and contractual arrangements could make this difficult in some circumstances but we understand the UK Government is working on legislation to underpin this which will be published in the coming days.

We expect this to only impact a relatively small number of vessels.

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The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has written to UK ports requesting that they deny entry to vessels that are owned, controlled, chartered, or operated by any person connected with Russia or any individuals that have been sanctioned as well as any ships that are Russian flagged or registered.

The ‘open port duty’ and contractual arrangements could make this difficult in some circumstances but we understand the UK Government is working on legislation to underpin this which will be published in the coming days.

We expect this to only impact a relatively small number of vessels.

British Ports Association

Further reaction will appear here. Contact Mark Simmonds 07387090955.

Background can be found here.