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Bahri clarifies position on Venezuela-bound tanker

One of the Middle East’s largest shipping lines, National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), yesterday clarified that its tanker Abqaiq was not breaching the US sanctions on Venezuela. The ship hit the headlines over the weekend as it was alleged it was contravening sanctions placed on the Latin American nation.

The ship is bound for Venezuela’s Port of Jose to load a shipment agreed on January 9, 19 days prior to the imposition of sanctions on Caracas, Bahri said in a statement.

The vessel is expected to deliver the shipment to one of its permanent customers in India — before the end of the grace period set by the US sanctions.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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