The influential shipowners’ organization based in Piraeus maintains that these shipments are allowed, in order to avoid a negative impact on the food and energy security of third countries in the world.
According to a circular circulated to its members, the UGS cited new directives issued by the European Commission. Despite this, major charterers are telling shipowners they will drop ships known to have called at Russian ports, to avoid any legal entanglements for themselves.
The UGS circular said: “The new guidance clarifies and documents the view of the European Commission that the transport of goods referred to in Annexes XXI and XXII [of EU regulation 833/2014] are eligible and free to transfer between Russia and third countries.
“It is also specified that the eligibility and legality of the transport activity for the said goods includes… financial assistance, which – for the avoidance of doubt – explicitly includes brokerage and insurance activities”, indicates the circular SKU.
In August, the EU banned the direct import of Russian coal into its territory. It is preparing to do the same with Russian oil and petroleum products in the coming months. In August, European Commission officials were cited as guides in response to frequently asked questions (FAQs) that the EU would consider it illegal for its own citizens and businesses to transport such goods to third countries. The UGS said in its circular “that the restrictions provided by the regulations cannot be extended through FAQs”.
According to its orientations of September 19, the commission specified that the transport of coal, fertilizers, animal feed, certain hydrocarbons, wood and cement from Russia to third countries “should be authorized to combat the food and energy insecurity in the world”, in particular for “the least developed countries.
The West of England P&I Club In a separate statement on September 21, said: “Contrary to the position adopted by the EU in August, the FAQs now clearly state that the transport of coal and certain goods specified in Annex XXI of Council Regulation 833 / 2014 (and related insurance) is indeed not prohibited when the goods are transported to third countries.
The UGS takes a particular interest in the question, since its members form the largest community of shipowners in the world, particularly for tankers and bulk carriers.
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