Freight News, Sea

French seize Russian car carrier in Channel

[ February 26, 2022   //   ]

The French navy has intercepted a Russian-flagged ro ro ship in the English Channel and escorted it to the port of Boulogne, the BBC reported today (26 February). The 7,195dwt vessel is carrying a cargo of vehicles and is understood to belong to one of the Russian-owned companies now subject to EU sanctions.

The vessel was en route from a range of French ports including Le Havre and Roen and was due to arrive in St Petersburg, Russia, on 3 March.

French border forces are currently investigating the vessel and the crew are reported to be cooperating with the authorities.

Russia’s RIA news agency was reported as saying that the Russian embassy in France is seeking explanations from the authorities over the seizure.