Ship carrying US crude diverts to Spain after 10 days’ rest in the Atlantic

Crude oil tanker Seaways Yosemite (IMO 9394959), which was carrying US light sweet crude to the UK, has changed its destination to Spain after pausing in the Atlantic for 10 days, reported Reuters, citing Refinitiv ship-tracking data.

The vessel, chartered by Swiss operator Trafigura Group, loaded nearly 600,000 barrels of WTI Midland crude in Corpus Christi, Texas in early June. Its listed destination was the Birkenhead-Tranmere terminal, near Liverpool. Now, however, the Murcian port of Cartagena is listed as the destination. The reason for the delay and diversion was not immediately clear.

Data provider IIR Energy last month detected a fault at Essar Oil UK’s 220,000 barrel-per-day Stanlow refinery near Birkenhead-Tranmere. The crude processing unit at Stanlow has resumed operations following an unexpected mechanical problem, IIR said.

Another tanker, the Unity Venture (IMO 9773739), chartered by BP and loaded in Houston with 700,000 barrels of WTI Midland oil in early June, was also stranded in the Atlantic for about 14 days. That also changed its destination and was headed to Fredericia, Denmark, said Reuters, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, and the ship’s tracking data.

2009-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 62,775 gt Seaways Yosemite is owned by Epsilon Aframax Corp care of manager V Ships (UK) Ltd of Glasgow, UK. It is entered with NorthStandard (North of England) on behalf of Epsiklon Aframax Corp. As of July 12th the vessel was listed as “stopped” in the Western Mediterranean, still heading for Cartagena.

2017-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 60,264 gt Unity Venture is owned by Happy Ambiance Ltd care of manager Wah Kwong Ship management (Hong Kong) Ltd of Hong Kong, China. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Eastern Syndicate) on behalf of Happy Ambiance Ltd. As of July 12th the vessel was heading for Frederica, ETA July 14th.