The Comite Maritime International (CMI), the world’s oldest maritime law organisation, is readmitting members from Russia, four years after expelling them over unpaid membership fees.

The Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA) has joined the Antwerp-based CMI after offering to settle the bills left by its Soviet-founded predecessor.

Established in 1897, the CMI works out the initial drafts of most conventions that eventually land on the desk of the International Maritime Organization's legal committee.