Shipping Companies Suspend Deliveries To Russia; Britain, Canada Close
Ports To Russian Ships
March 2, 2022
Three of the world’s largest container shipping companies say they are
suspending nonessential deliveries to Russia, adding to a litany of
economic punishments aimed at Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
The shipping companies Maersk, MSC, and CMA CGM announced their move on
March 1. The largest of the three, the Danish company Maersk, said all
new bookings to and from Russia “will be temporarily suspended, with
exception of foodstuffs, medical and humanitarian supplies.”
Britain and Canada also closed ports to Russian ships on March 1.
Britain banned any ship with Russian connections from entering its
ports, while Ottawa said its ban also applied to fishing boats in its
British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps encouraged other countries to
prohibit ships tied to Russia from using their ports.
“We’ve just become the first nation to pass a law involving a total ban
of all ships with any Russian connection whatsoever from entering
British ports,” Shapps said on Twitter.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the ban would have “a significant
economic impact on Russian boats or ships that are either owned or
flagged by Russia."
Alghabra told reporters in Ottawa that other countries are considering
doing the same. Alghabra acknowledged that not many Russian vessels
travel directly to Canada's ports, but said ships owned or flagged by
Russia transport goods from other countries to Canada's Atlantic shores.
The moves deepen Russia's isolation as its invasion of Ukraine sparks an
exodus of international companies.
To stem the stampede, Moscow said it would temporarily curb foreign
investors from selling Russian assets. But energy firms BP and Shell
have already decided to abandon their Russian businesses, while leading
banks, airlines, automakers, and more have cut shipments and ended
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