Russian tankers bypass EU port entry ban and reload oil at sea
In particular, the journalists found two debugged diagrams.
After Russian ships were banned from entering European Union ports, Russian tankers are still exporting petroleum products to Europe, reloading them on vessels flying the flags of EU countries.
This is indicated by the investigation of the Radio Svoboda “Scheme” project, whose journalists analyzed the routes of Russian tankers in the Black Sea using the Marine Traffic and Equasis ship monitoring systems.
According to journalists, the transshipment takes place in the Black Sea near Romania. In particular, two debugged schematics were revealed.
The first is that Russian tankers are full and leave Russian ports, stop in the Black Sea near Romania, and there they are reloaded on ships flying the flag of EU countries, which deliver oil products to ports other countries, including EU countries.
The second project concerns a large capacity storage tanker New Legend under the Liberian flag. During the fifth month, he stands inviolable in the sea near Constanta (Romania). Russian tankers have been filling it regularly since June. And New Legend, in turn, reloads oil or petroleum products on another ship. And already this ship enters the European port and unloads, or continues the “baton”, and until the fourth ship in this chain enters the port of the EU country.
Journalists claim that the Russian tankers involved in the schemes are the Volga Shipping Company (or in Russian – Volga Shipping Company) of businessman Vladimir Lisin. He topped the ranking of the richest people in Russia according to Russian Forbes in 2022.
On June 3, the European Union approved the sixth sanctions package against Russia, which includes, among other things, EU countries refusing to import Russian oil for 6 months, importing petroleum products for 8 months and to disconnect Sberbank, Rosselkhozbank from SWIFT, “Moscow Credit Bank” and “Belarusian Bank for Reconstruction and Development”.
On September 2, the finance ministers of the G7 countries agreed to impose a price limit on Russian oil and to limit services for its transportation.
According to the Financial Times, the finance ministers of the G7 countries have agreed that the Russian Federation’s oil price cap will take effect from December 5 for crude oil and from February 5 for petroleum products.