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Cargo ship with flag of Cambodia detained

Shipping trail of cambodian boat SUPPLIED
Shipping trail of cambodian boat SUPPLIED

Cargo ship with flag of Cambodia detained

Russian authorities have temporarily detained a cargo ship flying the Cambodian flag near Crimea in the Black Sea on January 3, a spokesman for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said yesterday.

Speaking by phone, the spokesman confirmed a Tuesday statement to Russian media that “the vessel violated the regime of the state border of the Russian Federation . . . deviated from the recommended course and dropped anchor [near] the village of Chernomorkoye without permission.” He provided no further comment.

The vessel, Svyatoy Georgiy, was headed from the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don to Varna in Hungary. Its home port is listed as Phnom Penh, according to the online ship tracking service MaritimeTracking.com. The vessel’s cargo was unknown.

Cambodia’s ship registry – operated through a concession by a South Korean company – is widely known to offer so-called flags of convenience, used by ships not associated with their registered countries to avoid taxes and regulations.

Cambodian-flagged ships, especially fishing vessels, have drawn criticism for violating international laws in the past.

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