Russian NSR controls could be illegal – lawyer

Russia is seeking to restrict the shipping of oil and gas through the Northern Sea Route to its own vessels Russia is seeking to restrict the shipping of oil and gas through the Northern Sea Route to its own vessels.
By Andrew Walker 27 November 2017 0 28563
The Christophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-class LNG tanker. The Christophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-class LNG tanker. (SCF)

Russia’s requirement that ships transporting oil and gas via the Northern Sea Route (NSR) be flagged in the country could contravene international law, a senior legal academic has told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the measure at a meeting on developing the Zvezda shipyard last week. The law is being reviewed by the country’s parliament and is intended to boost Russia’s shipbuilding industry by encouraging shipowners to order vessels at Russian shipyards.

But Professor Natalie Klein, dean of the Macquarie Law...

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