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Singapore-flagged tanker “Maersk Magellan” looks for new port after denied entry in Spain

17 Feb 2023

Singapore-flagged tanker Maersk Magellan has been instructed to sail towards another port after it was denied entry into Spanish port, according to a Reuters report on Thursday (16 February). 

Spain prohibited the entry of the tanker into Tarragona port for transporting oil products originating from a Russian ship, Spain’s Transport Ministry said on 10 February.

Maersk Tankers’ Head of Legal Compliance Christian Kjoller was quoted by Reuters, saying: “The decision by the Spanish authorities led us to revisit the voyage. We are consulting external expertise to ensure that everything is handled according to the sanction regulations against Russia.”

Maersk Tankers added the vessel left its position outside Tarragona on Tuesday.

“The vessel has been instructed by the customer to sail towards another port, awaiting further information about its destination,” Maersk Tankers was quoted by Reuters.

The firm reportedly said earlier this week that official documents showed the cargo was of Turkish origin.

Manifold Times previously reported the ministry stating Maersk Magellan was planning to unload the diesel at Tarragona, after receiving the cargo from the Cameroon-flagged Nobel, which until 1 July sailed under a Russian flag.

The ministry added the denied entry was done to comply with EU regulations prohibiting access to any vessel registered under the Russian flag after 16 April 2022 and also to Russian-flagged ships that switched to another flag after 24 February 2022. 

“This was the case of the Nobel ship, from which the cargo originally came from, which flew the Russian flag until it changed to the Cameroon flag on 1 July of last year,” it said. 

The Tarragona Maritime Captaincy learnt that Maersk Magellan had carried out a ship-to-ship transfer from a third ship, Elephant, in the Alboran Sea in the vicinity of El Estrecho. 

During investigations, the certificate of origin for the diesel cargo of Elephant was found, stating it came from the Nobel.

Related: Spain denies entry to Singapore-flagged tanker for carrying Russian-origin diesel


Photo credit: Marine Traffic / Robbie Cox
Published: 17 February, 2023

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