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  April 21st, 2024 | Written by

Russian Cargo Ship Detained in Germany Cleared to Depart Rostock Port

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After being detained in Germany over suspected sanctions violations, a Russian cargo ship, the Atlantic Navigator II, has been granted permission to leave the port of Rostock, as confirmed by the Stralsund main customs office on Friday. However, no further details regarding the release were provided.

The vessel, managed by Canada-based CISN and flying the Marshall Islands flag, was carrying 251 containers of birch wood bound for the United States. While the cargo was subject to EU sanctions against Russia, it did not fall under US sanctions, according to prosecutors.

Additionally, reports from The Ostsee Zeitung reveal that the Atlantic Navigator II also carried enriched uranium for certain US clients, exempted from both US and EU sanctions.

The ship was detained by German customs on March 4 due to unscheduled maintenance following damage to its propeller. Now, with the clearance to depart, the vessel’s journey continues amidst ongoing scrutiny over its cargo and compliance with international sanctions.