Dutch and Swedish Dock Workers Refuse to Unload Russian Diesel

Dutch and Swedish dockworkers refused to unload a tanker that carried Russian diesel out of “international solidarity” over the Ukraine invasion.

According to the website Marine Traffic, the tanker Sunny Liger departed the Russian port of Primorsk on April 24 after it picked up 60,000 tons of diesel fuel.

The Sunny Liger then proceeded to a Swedish port, where it was denied entry and was later also denied entry into the Dutch ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Niek Stam, head of the maritime division of the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV) told Bloomberg, “If dockworkers somewhere else in the world refuse the cargo we will also refuse,” and added that the port workers “Do that on the basis of international solidarity.”

Marine Traffic confirmed that Sunny Liger is now anchored off the coast of IJmuiden, near Amsterdam.

The Sunny Liger is not subject to Russian sanctions and is not officially barred from entering EU ports because it carries the Marshall Islands flag.

The European Union said it aims to figure out how to wean itself off of Russian oil and gas, with talks set to take place this week.

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