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Biden bans Russian ships from calling at America ports

Eight weeks into the invasion of Ukraine President Joe Biden has finally decided to join Canada, the UK and the European Union in banning all Russian-affiliated ships from calling at American ports.

“That means no ship, no ship that sails under the Russian flag or that is owned or operated by a Russian entity, will be allowed to dock in a United States port or access our shores. None,” Biden said yesterday.
Russian vessels made up less than 3% of all calls at US ports last year.

The difficulties of enforcing sanctions against Russia are becoming increasingly evident with a host of foreign shipowners still making a fortune shifting commodities out of the world’s largest nation.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. “ out of the world’s largest nation.” Russia is not the world’s largest nation. The country occupies largest landmass, which is completely different.

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      a country, especially when thought of as a large group of people living in one area with their own government, language, traditions, etc.:

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    2. nation
      noun [ C ]
      UK /ˈneɪʃən/ US
      a country, especially when considered as a society with its own government, economy, etc.:

  2. What about all the Russia owned ships that are being “sold” and reflagged? This will make precious little difference b8t the will keep the punters fooled, just ask Al de Pf.

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