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The Faroe Islands will implement comprehensive restrictions on Russian fishing vessel access to Faroese ports

Faroe Islands implement comprehensive restrictions on access for Russian fishing vessels

The Faroe Islands will implement comprehensive restrictions on access for Russian fishing vessels to Faroese ports, the island’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Industry and Trade has announced.

In a statement the Ministry said:

“The National Government intends to tighten restrictive measures against Russia. This will be done, among other things, by putting in place comprehensive restrictions on the access of Russian fishing vessels to Faroese ports. This means that the ports will be blocked for all activities that are outside the fishing agreement between the Faroe Islands and Russia. This is expected to limit Russian activity in Faroese ports to around 70 percent compared to what it has been in the last year.”

Although the restrictions will be in place, this means that the Faroe Islands will continue to be a central hub for transhipment and transhipment of the majority of the Russian catch of fish in the North Atlantic.

The statement further states that only Russian fishing vessels licenced to fish in Faroese waters will be allowed access to ports on the islands. The activity in Faroese waters includes the fishing of blue whiting, northeast Atlantic mackerel and North Sea herring, which the Faroes allow Russia to fish in accordance with the fishing agreement. The strict measures include the fact that there will be far fewer transhipments and de-shipments in Faroese ports.

Harafturat is the plan of the services which the Russian fishing vessel can get in the Faroes, will be limited to provisioning, personnel exchange, bunkering and transhipment. Surveys and shipyard services will not be permitted at some ports.

At the same time, the National Government has proposed to the Løgting to change the Løgting’s law on restrictive measures in relation to actions against Ukraine. The ultimate goal of the move is to give the national leader in foreign and labour affairs broad powers to implement restrictive measures against Russia and Belarus.

“In addition, the National Government is working to appoint a team to promote the conflict and the projects in Ukraine, which have a long-term, strategic vision in relation to rebuilding the country. At least 10 million (Faroese Króna) (€1.3m) will be sent to Ukraine next year,” says the Faroese Ministry.

The statement concludes by saying, “The intention to tighten the restrictive measures and provide a larger factor to Ukraine is based on the analysis request, which the National Government has made recently.”


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