The entry of an Indian tanker carrying Russian oil into Sweden, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam has been denied.
According to Amsterdam dockers unions, SUNNY LIGER will not dock in Amsterdam because all companies that serve arriving ships, beginning with tugs, refuse to provide services to tankers, The Maritime Executive reported.
As of 1600 UTC on April 30, the tanker was still anchored in the North Sea.
Tanker SUNNY LIGER with cargo of oil loaded at Primorsk Russia, was rejected by Sweden, not by Swedish authorities though, but by Gothenburg dockers, who refused to handle the ship.
Strictly speaking, tanker according to sanctions imposed on Russia, falls under “exceptions” section of sanctions, but nevertheless. Tanker sailed to Netherlands, but again, Rotterdam dockers union refused to work with Russian cargo, and SUNNY LIGER had to move to Amsterdam outer anchorage in North sea, arriving there late Apr 29.
Decision on hapless tanker is to be made in the morning Apr 30, during special meeting. So tanker as of Apr 30, is hanging around in Kattegat and North sea for some 6 days already, looking for a chance to get rid of “toxic” Russian oil.
Source: The Maritime Executive