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Damen ceases deliveries of new ships to Russia

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has announced its decision to stop deliveries of new vessels to Russian customers, thereby joining a growing list of suppliers and service providers responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by severing ties until further notice. The firm said the decision will have a measurable impact on the company’s earnings. “It is a

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Ottawa invests in Halifax container examination facility

 The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, today announced an investment to build a new marine container examination facility within the Port of Halifax. The new facility will replace the existing off-site facility, significantly reducing inspection turn-around times, reducing Port congestion, and improving the efficiency, safety, security and operations for the Canada Border Services

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Embassies striving hard to repatriate seafarers stranded in Ukraine waters

Estimates suggest there are more than 2,000 seafarers stranded in Ukrainian waters in an increasingly dangerous situation with Russia tipped to shortly launch a full-scale assault on Odessa, Ukraine’s top port, Sam Chambers of the Splash247 news platform reported today. Latest data from shipping platform Sea/ shows there are still 100 merchant ships in Ukrainian

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More spectacular seizures against Russian assets in France

French authorities are stepping up their efforts to enforce EU sanctions against Russia by detaining commercial merchant ships and, in a high-profile action, announced they had seized a superyacht linked to one of Russia’s wealthiest oligarchs . French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire thanked customs officers for their efforts citing breaches of the newly imposed

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Seven Arctic Council nations halt collaboration with Russia

Arctic nations Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States have condemned “Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine” and are “pausing” temporarily and indefinitely the work of the 8-state Arctic Council, the top intergovernmental forum of the region. In a joint statement, the seven countries noted “the grave impediments to international

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DOT announces new funding for America’s Marine Highway Program to strengthen supply chains 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced March 2 the availability of $25 million in funding for the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP), which supports the development and expanded use of America’s navigable waterways and will help improve our nation’s supply chains and the movement of goods throughout the country.  

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Russian megayacht seized in Hamburg

According to multiple reports, Dilbar, the largest motor yacht in the world is now being held in Hamburg, Germany. It belongs to the Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, one of 26 close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin sanctioned by the European Union on Monday. With an estimated net worth of $14.3 billion, Usmanov is one

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Governments hiding behind force majeure for onshore treatment of critically-ill seafarers

Governments continue to hide behind force majeure rules to deny critically ill seafarers medical access ashore, something lobby group the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has demanded ends immediately, Sam Chambers reports on the Splash247 news platform. Publicly reported stories throughout the pandemic include seafarers with broken limbs being asked to remain onboard and take

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