A Russian vessel carrying 8,000 tons of a petroleum-derived product was denied a request to dock at the easternmost tip of the U.S.
The ship’s operator asked on March 3 to dock in Eastport, Maine, after being turned away from a port on the St. Lawrence Seaway by the Canadian government following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Eastport ultimately rejected the short-notice request from the ship.
"For a myriad of reasons, it was not in our best interest to entertain the vessel," Chris Gardner, executive director of the Eastport Port Authority, said Tuesday.
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The Fesco Ulis, which is classified as a general cargo ship, was operating under the Russian flag and was carrying a petroleum product called solid pitch, which is used in manufacturing.