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EU Aims to Exempt Maritime Pilot Services From Russia Oil Ban

  • The exception is proposed in a draft of new EU sanctions
  • The bloc’s ambassadors will discuss the draft on Monday

The European Union proposed making so-called pilot services exempt from sanctions targeting the transfer of Russian oil that are set to kick in this year to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. 

The exception, which would allow shipowners to hire specialist pilots needed to guide vessels through narrow choke points, was proposed to bolster maritime safety, according to a person familiar with the plans, who asked not to be identified because negotiations on the sanctions are ongoing.