The government in Norway has announced that it is tightening controls on Russian fishing vessels activities in Norwegian ports. Photo: Port of Tromso
In the days before the Norwegian and Russian fisheries representatives meet for fisheries negotiations, the Norwegian government has announced that it is tightening controls on Russian fishing vessels in their ports.
The restrictions that were announced on 06 October, allows that Russian fishing vessels over 500 gross tonnes can only call at the ports of Tromsø, Kirkenes and Båtsfjord. The new restrictions come into force tomorrow, Friday 14 October.
“We do not want Norwegian ports and Norway to become a transit country for transporting goods illegally to Russia. That is why we are tightening and increasing the control of Russian fishing vessels. If necessary, we will take even stricter measures,” says Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt.
The tightening means that all Russian fishing vessels over 500 gross tonnes must be checked. In addition, the police will have increased visibility and patrol the ports in question.
“It is good that the tightening comes into effect quickly. The police will carry out their duties and support other authorities, including through visibility and patrolling,” says Minister of Justice and Emergency Preparedness Emilie Enger Mehl.
Russian fishing vessels that are in Norwegian shipyards when the change comes into force may be given the opportunity to complete the work. It is a prerequisite that shipyard services are in line with the sanction’s regulations in force at all times. To clarify this, the shipyards should check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance.
“It is of great importance that the individual port and quay owner makes arrangements so that the inspection authorities can carry out inspections in the most appropriate way possible,” says Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bjørnar Skjæran.
Port owners must also direct vessels to identified terminals/wharves where control of the vessel is to be carried out and arrange for the vessel’s layover time to be no longer than necessary.