Russian owners, operators stop shipping to Ukraine for fear of loosing cargo
After the V.F. Tanker’s Mekhanik Pogodin tanker was detained at the Port of Kherson of Ukraine, several Russian ship owners and operators decided to suspend shipments to Ukraine, for fears of detainment and loosing cargo, Reuters reports citing unnamed sources in the sector.
The new agency reminds the tanker was detained following Kiev’s sanctions imposed on some entities in Russia. Owner of the Russian flagged m/v Mekhanik Pogodin, which has been moored in Kherson since August 10, is on the sanctions list, citing a Ukranian SBU statement.
The tanker is owned by VEB-Leasing (member of Russian VEB Group) and is subject to sanctions imposed by Ukraine in May.
The vessel operator V.F. Tanker has said the Mekhanik Pogodin was contracted to carry diesel from Turkmenistan to Ukraine on behalf of the Canadian company Oil Marine Shipping and Chartering Inc.
Reuters reports its tracking data showed some Russian vessels are still bound to Ukrainian ports.
Ukraine’s sanctions have hit more than 700, primarily Russian entities (including VEB Leasing), with some of them winding up their business activity in the country.