Siptu is asking the government to turn away a cargo ship carrying Russian oil

UNION SIPTU has called on the government to turn away a cargo ship carrying Russian oil due to dock in Dublin port tomorrow.

The union is asking Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan and Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly to stop the STI Clapham from landing.

The oil tanker is carrying oil from Russia and is scheduled to dock in port tomorrow.

In a statement, Siptu Division organizer Karan O’Loughlin said: “With the horror unfolding in Ukraine as the invasion by Russian forces advances aggressively, our members and other workers who are expected to serve this ship discharged, angry and upset that they are being brought into this position”.

“While a variety of sanctions are being imposed on Russia across the EU, the government needs to speak up on humanitarian grounds and turn this ship. It is irresponsible to accept this cargo under the current circumstances,” O’Loughlin said.

Ireland is a militarily neutral country, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help the victims of this unjust and unnecessary war by extending our solidarity in other ways.

“Defence Secretary Simon Coveney has insisted that Ireland is not neutral in this war from a humanitarian perspective, so how can the Government take this cargo in good conscience,” she said.

“Dublin Port is wholly owned by the state, so the government has the power to refuse entry to this ship.

“Workers should not be expected to bear the weight of such circumstances and urge the Government and Dublin Port Company to ensure that STI Clapham is prevented from landing its Russian oil cargo in Ireland.”

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The STI Clapham flies the flag of the Marshall Islands but started her voyage with around 33,000 tons of diesel in Vysotsk, a Russian port. It is chartered by the Russian oil company Litasco.

The Port of London Authority this week allowed the tanker to dock in the Thames – the second vessel chartered by Litasco, a Russian oil company, to dock in the UK even after it introduced sanctions banning ships with connections to Russia.

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