Exclusive - Mysterious Russian tanker nears South Africa as sanction hit Putin sells his oil

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The 330m Elandra Denali, conveying up to 2-million barrels of unrefined from Russia's Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, was going at 10.3 bunches due west of Alexander Bay and booked to show up at the west coast harbor at 6pm today, as per marine traffic data.

The boat is being observed by worldwide cargo and news associations considering endeavors to force sanctions against Russia for its attack of Ukraine. Satellite information yesterday showed the boat at the edge of SA's selective financial zone, which broadens 200 nautical miles (370km) from the coast.

Oil sends out are a significant part of the Russian economy yet rough loaded ships are bypassing many ports where Russian unrefined is at this point not wanted.

SA, which has close financial and political binds with Russia, has not joined the global ban and has stayed unbiased in the contention.

It isn't clear why the vessel is going to Saldanha. Formally, the boat is because of call "for orders" however private and public oil industry delegates deny any connect to the freight.

SA's Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), which deals with a colossal raw petroleum storage space in Saldanha, said it had no information on the Elandra Denali. "The SFF has not been mentioned to release any vessel," said Jacky Mashapu, corporate undertakings supervisor for the Central Energy Fund, which deals with the SFF store. The other potential storage space, Mining Oil and Gas, says it knows nothing about any Russian rough setting out toward Saldanha.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority, which approves seaward boat toship oil moves, says there has been no application for an exchange in Saldanha. Transnet National Ports Authority didn't answer questions.

Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions, last week communicated worry about the approaching rough.

"It would be a miserable day assuming South Africa was taking in Russian oil at Saldanha oil storeroom. In our view, Vladimir Putin is an antiworker and against socialist hooligan who is acting in the unadulterated interests of degenerate Russian oligarchs," he said.

Andy Lipow of Lipow Energy Associates told sea site American Shipper: "The main justification for an oil big hauler to go to Saldanha Bay is to empty the oil into capacity."

Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/news/2022-05-15-strange big hauler loaded with russian-oil-approaches sa-port/

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