Norwegian vessels allegedly delivering Russian fish to Europe, circumventing port bans

Norwegian vessel Silver Copenhagen
The Silver Copenhagen, a Norwegian vessel that has allegedly been delivering Russian seafood into Europe | Photo courtesy of VesselFinder
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Russian seafood is not subject to European Union sanctions, but some European countries, including the Netherlands, have banned Russian fishing vessels from accessing their ports due to concern they are engaged in espionage.

But Russia has allegedly been getting around these bans through the help of Norwegian carriers, according to Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

The Russian cargo ship Belomorye was recently observed alongside Norwegian vessel Silver Copenhagen in an uninhabited fjord in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, with 2,000 metric tons (MT) of frozen fish from Russia transferred to the Norwegian reefer cargo ship.

The arrangement enables Russian fish to be ...

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