12 tankers carrying Russian oil and scheduled to arrive at US ports

On 11 March, American Shipper reported that, after oil companies were given a 45-day window by the Biden administration to phase out existing contracts for Russian oil, at least 2 tankers were loaded with Russian oil and departed for US destinations.  MarineTraffic identified 12 tankers in total as part of the “flotilla” traveling with Russian oil to the US.  It is said that, while these oil contracts were made prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they could have been cancelled; and tanker cargoes can be traded en route, so there is a possibility the Russian oil may not end up in the US.  Even after the ships reach the US, there is no guarantee they will be able to discharge the Russian oil, due to possible union action.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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