Russian Belize-flagged freighter arrested in Ukrainian port: here’s why

General cargo ship SEABREEZE on arrival at Ukrainian port of Yuzhny on Apr 4 was arrested by Ukrainian Authorities as a sister ship in the maritime lien against the offending ship, dredger PECHORA, owned and operated by the same owner, Trans-Service Maritime Agency, Moscow. General cargo ship SEABREEZE didn’t violate any regulations, arising from internationally imposed sanctions, she wasn’t spotted in calling Crimean ports after Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014.
Dredger PECHORA meanwhile, was and still is, actively engaged in illegal activities in Crimean waters, such as mining sand for construction purposes, including offending construction of Kerch Strait Bridge, and illegal construction works in Sevastopol. PECHORA is mining sand in Crimean waters, including conservation area around Swan islands, since 2014 until now, notwithstanding Ukrainian protests and claims.
The jurisdiction may be exercised in rem against any ship that, at the time the action is brought, is beneficially owned by the person who is the owner of the ship that is the subject of the action.
Duhaime's Law Dictionary
The damages inflicted by illegal mining estimate to be millions of dollars.
This case is the first of its’ kind, and most probably, not the last, it’s a precedent to be taken seriously by all other ship owners, whose ships violate Crimea-related sanctions on a regular basis.
Black Sea News
April 11, 2018
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