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.