EU sanctions take aim at ship-to-ship transfers

Ships caught carrying out ship-to-ship (STS) transfers of suspected Russian oil in European waters will be banned from European Union ports, as part of the 11th package of sanctions unveiled by the bloc against Russia yesterday.

The latest sanctions, which were much debated among member states, do not appear to take action against ships who switch off their AIS transponders, a measure that had also been on the table. 

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