More oil tankers steering clear of Red Sea

At least six more oil tankers were steering clear of the southern Red Sea on Monday January 15th, reported Reuters.

Until recently it had mainly been container ships that had diverted around the Cape of Good Hope, and several trade press reports looked to counter the image being painted in the mainstream press that the Red sea was effectively closed for business. Indeed, bulk carrier and tanker traffic had been holding up rather well.

The attack on Houthi land bases late last week by Operation Prosperity Guardian, with the front-end provided mainly by the US with some support from the UK, caused tanker traffic to reconsider its strategy. The price of Brent Crude rose as a result.

Reuters counted six tankers that had altered their course since the strikes, making a total of at least 15 vessels to do so since the start of the strikes, according to ship-tracking data from LSEG and Kpler.

Chemical/oil products tanker Torm Innovation (IMO 9602722), crude oil tanker Proteus Harvonne (IMO 9923401), and crude oil tanker Alfios I (IMO 9923009) appeared to have diverted towards the Cape Of Good Hope. The tankers were travelling either to Europe or the US. Chemical/oil products tanker Pacific Julia (IMO 9772046) and chemical/oil products tanker STI Topaz (IMO 9629938) were also recorded as heading for the Cape route.

On January 12th oil products tanker Octa Lune stopped heading south in the Red Sea and turned back, heading once again through Suez and back to the Mediterranean. It is carrying a Taiwan-bound cargo of naphtha.

2013-built, Denmark-flagged, 43,053 gt Torm Innovation is owned by Sea 345 Leasing Co Ltd care of TORM A/S of Hellerup, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Sea 345 Leasing Co Ltd.

2022-built, Singapore-flagged, 66,982 gt Proteus Harvonne is owned by Xiang T14 SG International care of manager Shell Tankers Singapore Pte. ISM manager is Bernhard Schulte Singapore. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Xiang T14 SG International Ship lease. It is claims leader for Hull on behalf of Bank of Communications Financial Leasing. As of January 13th it was off Oman, with a listed destination of Rotterdam on February 19th.

2022-bult, Liberia-flagged, 62,809 gt Alfios I is owned by Nerine Shipping Co care of manager Pleiades Shipping Agents SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Nerine Shipping Co. As of January 15th it was off East Africa, listed destination Le Havre, France. February 17th.

2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 42,968 gt Pacific Julia is owned by Pacific Julia SA care of manager Sinokpor Merchant Marine Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is Fleet management Ltd HKG of Hong Kong, China. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo Office in charge) on behalf of Pacific Julia SA. As of January 12th it was en route from Vadinar, India, to Mauritius, ETA January 20th.

2012-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 29,785 gt STI Topaz is owned by Xiang T42 HK International care of Scorpio Commercial Management of Monaco-Ville, Monaco. ISM manager is Scorpio Marine Management of Mumbai, India. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of STI Topaz Shipping Co Ltd. As of January 13th it was in the Indian Ocean, awaiting orders, having left Mangalore, India, on January 13th.

2005-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 43,075 gt Octa Lune is owned by Octa Lune Shipping Corp care of manager Coral Shipping Corp of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Octa Lune Shipping Corp. Gard is claims leader for Hull on behalf of Coral Shipping Corp. As of January 16th it was in the Eastern Med, heading for Gibraltar, ETA January 21st.