Ship Carrying LNG from UK Turns to Mediterranean

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  • Vessel with LNG move towards the Mediterranean.
  • It had a scheduled journey from Isle of Grain near London, UK to Boston, US.

The Thomson Reuters shipping data recently shows, a detour of the Engie SA’s Gaselys tanker which was scheduled to deliver LNG to Boston on Jan 22, from the National Grid SA’s Isle of Grain facility near London. The ship carrying liquefied natural gas made a turn towards the Mediterranean on Wednesday.

The S&P Global Platts report noted that another tanker had unloaded LNG at the Isle of Grain facility which originally came from Russia’s Yamal LNG export terminal. The company that operates the Russian facility, Novatek PAO, is under sanctions from the United States from July 2014 due to Russia’s role in the conflict, in Ukraine.

Although the Gaselys says it is heading for the Boston but the shipping data indicates the final destination could change. Carol Churchill, a spokeswoman for Engie, which bought the cargo in the UK, said on Wednesday the company “does not comment on the transit of our ships of their schedules.” She further added that the cargo was bought because of U.S. demand resulting from the cold weather and “this transaction is compliant with all U.S. trade laws.”

As of now, the Reuters haven’t independently verified the source of the fuel on the vessel and the National Grid denied to disclose any shipment details due to customer confidentiality. The US Department Treasury was unavailable to comment on whether they would receive gas from Russia’s largest independent gas producer Novatek.

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Source: Reuters

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