This weekend, media reported that Cuba had acquired an oil tanker that left Brazil greater than two weeks in the past and that it’ll work to alleviate the gas disaster that the island has been struggling for months and has not even been stabilized with the assistance of varied international locations.
That is the ship Orion, a tanker of oil and chemical merchandise, which in response to Hold monitor of VesselFinder sailed from Paranagua Station on June twenty fifth and was scheduled to reach in Cuba on Wednesday July twelfth.
Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless not identified the place this Cuban ship disembarked, though on July 10 it was situated north of Puerto Rico and was heading in the direction of the Cuban coast. Orion sails with a draft of seven.5 meters, which additionally signifies that it’s loaded with gas on its option to Cuba.
Cuba’s gas disaster
This would be the first cargo of oil from Brazil that Cuba has acquired in latest months, after the provision of Venezuela, which has been the primary provider of crude oil for 20 years, decreased as a result of gas disaster in Venezuela itself. To deal with the gas disaster within the nation, the island resorted to the assistance of different international locations resembling Russia or Mexico, which despatched a number of ships with crude oil, gasoline and liquefied gasoline.
In response to information from the Eikon app and TankerTrackers.com, since November 2022, no less than 5 shipments have arrived on the island from Russia and different Caribbean terminals. For instance, the tanker Bicentenario, from state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), has been unloaded twice on the Havana refinery, as has the Panamanian-flagged ship Fortunato, with two visits to Cuban ports to this point this yr.
Not too long ago, a Pemex supply instructed Reuters that the corporate equipped crude to Cuba this yr, however with out going into additional particulars. Alternatively, it was realized that in Might Cuba imported about 58,100 barrels per day from Venezuela, up 30 % from final April.