May 12, 2022

Dutch dockers refuse to ship with a shipment of Russian diesel – Expat Guide to the Netherlands

Dutch dockworkers refused to unload a tanker with a cargo of Russian diesel in Amsterdam on Saturday, a day after a similar action blocked the vessel from entering Europe’s biggest port.

The Sunny Liger, a 42,000 tonne oil tanker, was currently at anchor off Amsterdam as port companies considered entering the Dutch capital, a day after dockworkers in Rotterdam also refused to take charge. its cargo.

“Late last night we asked all parties in the port of Amsterdam not to let the ship dock and not to (manage it),” said Asmae Hajjari, president of the port workers‘ branch of the FNV union. .

“The ship will not enter the port of Amsterdam,” she added in a tweet.

Departing from Primorsk near St. Petersburg a week ago, the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker’s final destination was Amsterdam, according to shipping site MarineTraffic.com.

“At the moment the ship is at anchor in the North Sea. So far it has not requested permission to enter the port,” said the spokeswoman for the port of Amsterdam. , Marcella Wesseling.

“In principle, we cannot refuse her entry because she does not fall under the sanctions regime (against Russia),” Wesseling told AFP.

A company responsible for towing the ship into port, however, said it would refuse if asked, saying it could lead to a dangerous situation if protesters wanted to stop the ship from entering, the Business News Station reported. Dutch RTL Nieuws.

Wesseling said the ship could be allowed into port once he made a formal request, but “only if it was safe for him to do so”.

“If there is any doubt about it, we can decide otherwise.”

“Nautical service providers and the port terminal have indicated that they have safety concerns surrounding the handling of this vessel,” Wesseling said.

The European Union has imposed a tough set of sanctions on Moscow since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

However, oil and gas are not part of the punitive measures.

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said on Friday that legally the Sunny Liger could not be refused entry to a Dutch port, but that he supported the dockers’ actions.

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