Cuba received more oil in May, suspicions grow about the destination of the fuel

The constant movement of oil tankers from Venezuela to Cuban ports during the month of May presaged what, this Friday, data published by Reuters confirmed: Venezuelan crude oil exports to the island reached 58,100 barrels per day (bpd), almost 30% more than those sent by the state-owned PDVSA in Aprilonly 45,250 bpd.

in his usual monthly report Regarding the commercial activities of Petróleos de Venezuela SA, the British agency detected a 14% drop in exports in May compared to the previous month, but Havana once again escaped the cuts. On average, total sales were 606,258 bpd of crude and refined products, less than the previous two months but more than January and February of this year.

For its part, the US company Chevron –recently authorized to export Venezuelan fuel– sent 149,000 bpd to the US and its warehouses in the Bahamas in May, slightly more than in April (141,000 bpd).

In the case of Cuba, activity has been frenetic during May: from the Venezuelan port terminal of José, several ships have set sail for the island

Venezuela’s exchange with its allies has not stopped. According to Reuters, Iran sent a shipment of 2.1 million barrels of condensate to Caracas, but according to the Tanker Trackers application it has not yet discharged.

In the case of Cuba, activity has been frenetic during May: several ships have set sail from the Venezuelan port terminal of José bound for the island, especially Cienfuegos, where the Vesselfinder application detected the presence of the tanker Wilmawith Cuban flag.

He Wilma It sailed several times to the port of Cienfuegos –indicated as a destination by the application– from José, but as it approached the Island it disappeared from the radar, to appear days later again as anchored in Venezuela. When examining the list of ports of call for the oil tanker, she also never appears in the record that she has been in Cienfuegos.

  When examining the list of ports of call for the tanker, it never appears in the record that it has been in Cienfuegos either.  (Capture)

But this is not the only vessel with the Cuban flag that presents irregular activity. The same thing happens with Alicia, which, coming from the Venezuelan port of Amuay, does not declare its destination; and with him Sandinowhich set sail from José on May 11 and whose port of call is unknown.

As the Wilmathe tanker Delsa it constantly sets sail from the Venezuelan terminal to go to Matanzas, but, in its registry, the Cuban destination is also deleted, where it is supposed to be anchored since May 28. He Pastoritaanother of the Cuban tankers, left Havana several days ago and arrived this Friday at Moa, a port that is not very active on the eastern coast of the island.

Even more discreet, but always on the rise, has been the transfer of international oil tankers to Cuba. This Saturday, the oil tankers were anchored Marianna VV., with the Panamanian flag, in Havana; he Primulawith the Belizean flag, in Mariel, like the Caribbean Alliance -Panamanian flag- that will march towards Moa, where it will join the Dutch oil tanker NQ Calypso.

The port of Santiago de Cuba arrived this Friday the Nicos, flying the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which at the time of this review had not declared its origin for more than 70 days and whose landfall record is empty. At the same terminal and coming from the port of Kaliningrad, in Russia, the tanker Scot Hamburg –Dutch flag– will arrive on June 6.


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