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The Irish Department of Transport has directed ports to refuse entry to Russian-registered vessels in light of the country’s military attack on Ukraine.

Effective next Sunday, this decision will impact ships, yachts and recreational craft registered under Russia’s flag.

It will also affect vessels that changed their registration from the Russian Federation to another state after the start of the Ukraine conflict on 24 February.

The ban forms part of the EU’s fifth package of sanctions against Russia for its Ukraine offensive.

Russian-registered vessels used for emergency safety situations and humanitarian reasons will be exempt from the ban.

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Vessels carrying refined petroleum products, coal, natural gas and oil, or pharmaceutical, medical and agricultural products will also be exempt.

However, these vessels will have to contact the Department of Transport to receive permission to dock.

Last month, the UK passed a law to deny all Russian vessels entry to its ports, including vessels owned or operated by anyone linked to Russia.

Canada has also shut its ports to Russian-owned vessels.

At the end of last month, the UK Government detained Phi, a Russian-owned superyacht, which was the first vessel to be seized in British waters.

Various shipping majors have also suspended services to Russia in the wake of the Ukraine conflict.

These include AP Moller-Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which have both paused container shipping to and from Russia.

Maritime class societies, including the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lloyd’s Register, have cut ties to Russia as well.