Cargo ship thought to belong to one of the companies hit by sanctions is SEIZED in English Channel – What We Know!

Cargo ship thought to belong to one of the companies hit by sanctions is SEIZED in English Channel

A cargo ship certain for St. Petersburg was intercepted within the English Channel early on Saturday as the newest commerce sanctions start to hit on the Russian economic system.

The 416ft industrial boat named the ‘Baltic Chief’ is known to belong to one of many 100 Russian corporations which have been hit with crippling EU sanctions this week, and was seized within the English Channel early on Saturday morning.

French authorities mentioned the ship, which has been loaded with automobiles, might belong to a Russian firm suspected of violating commerce sanctions linked to the continued conflict in Ukraine.

Maritime officers have been given the ability to intercept and seize vessels suspected of contravening EU-backed sanctions of Russia within the wake of the Ukrainian invasion.  

In what is known  to be the primary occasion of Russian belongings being frozen whereas in transit, the boat was intercepted by customs officers close to Honfleur, in Normandy, after departing from the French metropolis of Rouen.

A cargo ship certain for St. Petersburg was intercepted within the English Channel early on Saturday, as the newest commerce sanctions start to hit on the Russian economic system. [File image]

'Baltic Leader' departed from the French city of Rouen on Friday, February 25 before it was intercepted by French maritime officials and diverted to Boulogne-sur-Mer port in Normandy at around 3am local time (2am GMT)

‘Baltic Chief’ departed from the French metropolis of Rouen on Friday, February 25 earlier than it was intercepted by French maritime officers and diverted to Boulogne-sur-Mer port in Normandy at round 3am native time (2am GMT)

‘Baltic Chief’ had arrived within the French metropolis of Rouen on February 19 and spent nearly six days docked there till departing on Friday evening. 

The vessel had been anticipated to achieve St. Petersburg on Thursday, March 3. 

Captain Véronique Magnin, regional communication officer for the maritime prefecture, mentioned the ship was then diverted to the French port of Boulogne-sur-Mer between 3 and 4am (2/3am GMT) and that ongoing checks have been being carried out by customs officers. 

These aboard ‘Baltic Chief’ are mentioned to be co-operating with the investigation. The method might take as much as 48 hours. 

Captain Magnin mentioned the boat is ‘strongly suspected of being linked to Russian pursuits focused by the sanctions’.

Captain Véronique Magnin, regional communication officer for the maritime prefecture, said the ship was diverted to the French port of Boulogne-sur-Mer (above) between 3 and 4am (2/3am GMT) and that ongoing checks were being carried out by customs officials

Captain Véronique Magnin, regional communication officer for the maritime prefecture, mentioned the ship was diverted to the French port of Boulogne-sur-Mer (above) between 3 and 4am (2/3am GMT) and that ongoing checks have been being carried out by customs officers

‘Baltic Chief’, a Ro-Ro Cargo vessel constructed 22 years in the past, had been anticipated to dock in St. Petersburg on March 6. The ship sails below the flag of Russia.  

One official was quoted by the BBC saying: ‘It has been taken to the French port after a request by the French authorities as a result of it’s suspected of belonging to an organization focused by EU sanctions in opposition to Moscow. 

‘French boarder forces are at present investigating the cargo ship. Crew aboard the “Baltic Chief” has been cooperating with French authorities.’

The Russian embassy in France is claimed to be ‘looking for explanations’ from French authorities behind the seizure of one in all its cargo ships.

A spokesperson in Paris advised the Russian TASS information company the boat’s captain had referred to as the embassy, which had then contacted French officers.