Customs inspectors boarded the superyacht Amore Vero, a 281-foot vessel registered in the Cayman Islands that features amenities rivaling those of a deluxe cruise ship, late on March 2.
“At the time of the inspection, the ship was making arrangements to get underway urgently, without having completed the planned work,” said Le Maire in a press release.
Representatives for the owners of the vessel are however disputing the French statements, contending that Setchine had no interest in their company.
While French authorities are saying the yacht has been seized, they are reporting that several merchant ships are also being detained and undergoing inspections to determine if they should be “frozen” based on the sanctions.
The bulk carrier Pola Ariake arrived from Ukraine at the port of Lorient, France early on Monday, February 28.
Similarly, in the port of Fos-sur-Mer near Marseille, a smaller Russian-register general cargo ship is also being detained.
On Saturday, France intercepted the RORO cargo ship, Baltic Leader shortly after it departed Rouen heading for St. Petersburg.
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NIMASA set to open Lokoja office to harness waterways resources
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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