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Ukraine to ban crew who have called at Russian-held Crimean ports

Black Sea shipping could face a serious crewing conundrum with news that Ukrainian authorities are looking to hand out three-year bans to any foreign crewmember who has called at Crimean ports held by Russia.

The internationally recognised Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation two years ago, a dispute that has brought relations between the two nations to a new low.

Authorities in Ukraine are now reported to be compiling a black list of all crew who have called at the Russian-held ports such as Sevastopol.

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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.
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