The United States stopped a tanker with fuel oil en route from Russia

June 28, 2022 by No Comments

In the United States, a ship was stopped en route from Russia to New Orleans with a cargo of fuel and lubricants. It is reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing sources.

According to them, the stopped Daytona tanker belongs to the Greek shipowner TMS Tankers Ltd. and was chartered by the Swiss company Vitol.

According to the data, the tanker left the Taman Peninsula in the Black Sea in early June and planned to arrive in New Orleans on July 3. It transports fuel oil and diesel fuel. The Kpler commodity tracking platform marks the cargo as fuel of Russian origin.

The WSJ reports that the tanker was not allowed to offload fuel and the vessel is being inspected by US Customs and Border Protection. Vitol has already told the publication that they “conduct their business in full compliance with all relevant laws and regulations, including sanctions.” Earlier, the United States imposed a ban on the export of Russian oil products.

It is noted that the cargo can also actually be from Kazakhstan, since the terminal on the Taman Peninsula also transports oil products from the Central Asian country. However, oil market analyst Livia Gallarati emphasized that Kazakhstan’s export of oil products to international markets is minimal.

Earlier in June, it was reported that tankers with Russian oil began to often disappear from the radars of special systems that track the movement of ships.

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