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03/01/12

Tierra del Fuego gov't stops British-linked ship from docking

Star Princess
Adonia

Ushuaia
Provincial authorities stopped a cruise ship flying under the Bermudan flag from docking in Tierra del Fuego on Monday, upping the ante in Argentina's spat with Britain over the Malvinas. 
The Star Princess was prohibited from docking in the southern Argentine port of Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego province, because Bermuda is an overseas territory of Britain, Argentina's state news agency Telam said on Monday. "The government of the province of Tierra del Fuego prohibited a cruise ship under the flag of a British colony from entering the port of Ushuaia, citing a provincial law linked to Argentina's complaint over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands," Telam said. Britain hopes to share in any Malvinas Islands windfall when oil starts flowing there later this decade. Sea Lion, a field discovered in 2010 north of the islands by British explorer Rockhopper, will generate $10.5 billion of tax and royalty revenues for the Falklands over its estimated 20-year life, Edison Investment Research said this month. P&O's Adonia is carrying 710 passengers, mostly from the UK, on an 87-night voyage around South America. Star Princess, with 2,580 passengers on board - 284 of them British - is on a 14-night cruise which began in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both are part of the US-owned Carnival Corporation.