Russia Sanctions: UK Port Closures and Wider Implications

March 2022
Region: Europe

This client alert provides an update on recent announcements regarding port prohibitions for Russian vessels.

This client alert supplements our update on developing sanctions against the Russian Federation.

The United Kingdom announced on Monday that it would block entry to its ports by any Russian-linked vessels. In a letter sent to all UK ports, The Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, requested that ports prevent access to any ship which they have reason to believe is:

  • Owned, controlled, chartered or operated by any person connected with Russia
  • Owned, controlled, chartered or operated by Designated Persons
  • Flying the Russian flag
  • Registered in Russia (Russian Vessels)