ATLANTAS APPROACHES GDANSK
Liberia registered supertanker Atlantas has discharged part of its 2mn bbl cargo in the Danish straights overnight 12-13 August in order to meet 15m draught limitation needed to pass the Dannish straights.
Poland's second biggest refiner Groupa Lotos operating 210,000 b/d Gdansk refinery is expecting oil supplies from Iran to arrive in Gdansk Naftoport on August 14-15. The navigation is somewhat constrained by the vessel size.
Earlier the state-run Lotos confirmed that the tanker Atlantas with 2mn bbl has reached the Danish straits and due to draft limits it had to transfer via ship-to-ship (STS) operation around 700,000 bbl on a smaller vessel near before it enters the Baltic Sea. On 13 August Atlantas was paving the way to Gdansk at about 15marine knots.
The supplies are a result of an agreement signed earlier this year between Lotos and National Iranian Oil Company. The cargo is the first Iranian crude sold into this part of the Baltic Sea market since January 2016 lifting of sanctions.
In June trade sources said and ship-tracking data showed that the supertanker with Iranian crude was heading towards Gdansk.
Lotos, which relies mostly on Russian Urals supplied by the Rosneft, also said that it was prepared to take more volumes from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and other directions.
"Ultimately we want to select a few types (of crude) and form a stable mix, which would give us most advantages," President Groupa Lotos Robert Pietryszyn was quoted in a statement.
He added ‘The contract provides for a single test supply of 2m bbl of Iranian Light. Only a VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) supertanker is able to transport such quantity of feedstock in a single supply. VLCC tankers are among the largest crude carriers in the world, and Atlantas will be the largest tanker to have ever called at Naftoport.”
Iranian light has 33.7API density enabling higher than Urals light fuels yield and 1.5% sulfur content quite in line with Urals indications.
photo credit: Andy Goodson, marinetraffic.com, Groupa Lotos
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