According to the National review (12 October), Iran and Venezuela are circumventing American energy sanctions. The article emphasizes that in July 2020, Iran took control over the El Palito refinery from Venezuelan government as payment for the Iranian oil delivered to Venezuela in recent months.
A monitoring of tanker movements from El Palito oil terminal abroad shows that since July 2020, Greek owned tankers are taking oil products from the El Palito oil terminal to destinations in the US, Europe and the far east (see table below).
Based on the origin of the oil, the oil production capability of each of the two countries and the distance the tankers traversed, it is safe to assume that the tankers are carrying a cargo of oil products and not crude.
The tankers behavior at sea as reflected from the data appears to be inaccurate and misleading. Particularly, the quoted draft does not make any sense.
Moreover, does the cargo include only oil products or other commodities that can be smuggled from Venezuela, especially seeing as the players are Iran, the corrupted Venezuela regime and Greek shipowners.
|E Pioneer||9278686||E Tankers maritime co. LTD||Greece||14/10/2020||On the way to the Philippines|
|Agioi Fanendes||9798375||Eastern Mediterranean MTME -LIE||Greece||03/10/2020||On the way to Gibraltar|
|Ariel||9252955||Product Shipping and Trading SA||Greece||15/09/2020||Galveston||30/09/2020|
|New Paros||9187772||New Shipping Ltd – Lib||Greece||02/09/2020||on the way to Port Said|
|La Bohem||9314167||Product Shipping and Trading SA||Greece||29/08/2020||Antwerp||29/09/2020|
|Gemma||9808314||Super-Eco Tankers Mgmt Inc- Lib||Greece||22/08/2020||Sarroch||20/09/2020|
|Elaia||9798363||Eastern Mediterranean MTME -LIE||Greece||17/08/2020||Netherlands||06/09/2020|
|Chance||9178068||Eastern Mediterranean MTME -LIE||Greece||03/08/2020||Sikka||05/09/2020|
|Atlas||9538177||Super-Eco Tankers Mgmt Inc- Lib||Greece||29/07/2020||Antwerp||30/08/2020|