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  •  apparently thay didn't stop them in that sense (7+ / 0-)

    They canceled their insurance. That's not an act of war but it does make it hard for a cargo ship to operate.

    No insurance = no ports of call.

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 08:37:11 PM PDT

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    •  Most ship captains will stop where (3+ / 0-)
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      they are at if the insurance is cancelled..  They don't want to risk the ship and their license by continuing on.  

      "Death is the winner in any war." - Nightwish/Imaginareum/Song of myself.

      by doingbusinessas on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 09:20:10 PM PDT

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    •  True. (0+ / 0-)

      I'd be surprised if Putin saw it that way, though.  While nobody boarded a Russian ship, they did effectively block its movement.  What happens if Putin escalates, by transferring that cargo to a Russian Navy ship?

      Also, I wonder how many Russian cargo operators are insured in Britain?  What effect would it have on the insurers if all of those companies took their business elsewhere, something that Putin could well order them to do.  I admittedly don't know much about insuring cargo, and what companies are capable of doing that.

      At any rate, good diary Clay.  Thanks for the update.

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