Poten's Weekly Opinion: Pandemic Headwinds

(May 12 2022)

Lockdowns lead to oil demand slowdown.

Indonesia seizes tanker over palm oil export ban violation

(May 12 2022)

The Indonesian Navy has seized a tanker that was carrying palm oil out of the country in violation of an export ban. Indonesia, the world's largest producer of palm oil, prohibited its export to rein in skyrocketing domestic prices and shortages. ...

Tanker Sunny Liger heading for Gibraltar with Russian oil

(May 12 2022)

A controversial tanker carrying Russian oil is heading for Gibraltar.

EU drops plan to stop tankers moving Russian oil anywhere

(May 12 2022)

The European Union is set to soften its sanctions package on Russian oil exports after a weekend of wrangling.

Russian tanker stuck in Greece switches flag ‘to Avoid Sanctions’

(May 12 2022)

A Russian-flagged oil tanker stuck off the Greek island of Evia since April 8 has changed its flag, most likely to avoid EU and US sanctions on Moscow.

Poten's Weekly Opinion: VLCC Outlook Remains Foggy

(May 05 2022)

VLCC TonMiles increased in the first quarter of 2022.

Indonesia navy seizes two tankers carrying palm oil

(May 05 2022)

Indonesia’s navy seized two tankers carrying crude palm oil, palm olein and methanol for what it said were permit and paperwork violations.

Posts do not show 'Putin condemning Denmark for plundering Indonesian oil tanker'

(May 05 2022)

A video has been viewed millions of times in social media posts that claim it shows Russian President Vladimir Putin angrily condemning Danish authorities for "plundering" an Indonesian tanker after it collected oil from Russia. This is false.

Poten's Weekly Opinion: The Great Reshuffle

(Apr 29 2022)

Trade flows around Russian crude oil exports are changing.

Norway arrests activists blocking tanker unloading Russian oil

(Apr 29 2022)

Norwegian police said they had arrested 20 Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion campaigners.

Greece to release Russian tanker amid confusion over sanctions

(Apr 29 2022)

A Russian tanker impounded by Greece this week and reportedly carrying Iranian oil will be released amid confusion about sanctions on its owners.

Living in "Interesting Times"

(Apr 14 2022)

Poten's Weekly Opinion.

Shipping Russian oil gets costlier as rates near $350,000

(Apr 14 2022)

Daily earnings for tankers shipping oil from Russia’s Baltic ports are soaring as shipowners continue to exercise caution.

Follow tankers carrying Russian oil and gas, live on Twitter

(Mar 17 2022)

In response to the invasion of Ukraine, many countries have taken steps to block shipments of Russian oil and gas. Now an amazing new Twitter tool allows anyone to see where tankers carrying Russian fuels are going – and where we need to cut our ties...


Jun-Jul 2024

Tanker Operator Athens report: managing crewing, training challenges, views on SIRE 2.0