Russian ship stuck in Norwegian waters after UK port possible entry ban
Hull Daily Mail:
The MEKHANIK PYATLIN was scheduled to arrive in Hull on Thursday (Mar 3) However Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has this afternoon called on the UK's port operators to deny access to any Russian vessel following the invasion of Ukraine.
Pressure on the government to ban all Russian ships from using UK ports has intensified over the weekend with much focus on the imminent arrival of a Russian-owned oil tanker in Orkney.
The NS CHAMPION, owned by the largely- state-controlled shipping company Sovocomflot, is due to berth at the Flotta oil terminal in Orkney tomorrow to collect crude oil.
The ship's imminent arrival had sparked protests on the Orkney Islands while the Unite trade union said it will support its members if they boycott the docking of the tanker.
MEKHANIK PYATLIN is en route from Arkhangelsk to Ull UK, ETA Mar 3-4, but obviously, after the threat of being refused entry, the ship anchored in Norwegian waters on Feb 26, north of Tromso, probably awaiting development, orders.
SCF Aframax NS CHAMPION UPDATE: as of 1920 UTC Feb 28, was under way sailing in eastern direction, probably because Flotta call was cancelled.
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