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VLCC co-loads in Qatar and UAE despite restrictions

07 Jun 2017 12:52 (+01:00 GMT)
VLCC co-loads in Qatar and UAE despite restrictions

London, 7 June (Argus) — A very large crude carrier (VLCC) has co-loaded crude in Qatar and the UAE, and is heading for Saudi Arabia, despite the diplomatic row in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).

The 2mn bl Apollo Dream — managed by Japan's Idemitsu Tanker — partially loaded at Qatar's Halul Island yesterday, and then at Zirku Island, UAE, early this morning. The tanker lifted medium-sour Upper Zakum crude at Zirku. The Apollo Dream is now about three-quarters full, draft data suggest, and is signalling its next destination as Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, tomorrow.

The co-loading of the Apollo Dream appears to indicate that previously announced restrictions barring any vessel going to or from Qatar from calling at UAE and Saudi ports have been relaxed. But a number of measures remain in place.

Saudi Arabian and UAE ports will not admit any Qatari-flagged or Qatari-owned — either by Qatari companies or by individuals — vessels or allow the unloading of any Qatari goods. Vessels without Qatari flags or owners that arrive from Qatar are required to obtain clearance to berth at Saudi Arabian ports.