الأسطول المظلم الذي يشحن النفط الروسي
May 25, 2023 - ”غاتيك لإدارة السفن“، التي تتخذ من مومباي مقراً لها، امتلكت ناقلتين فقط في العام 2021. ومنذ الغزو الروسي لأوكرانيا العام الماضي، قامت الشركة بشراء 56 سفينة لنقل النفط من روسيا، وبشكل أساسي إلى موانئ الهند.
According to shipping experts, VesselsValue, Gatik’s fleet of 58 vessels has an estimated combined value of $1.6 billion.
In February, the International Group of P&I Clubs’ 13 members withdrew protection and indemnity cover from all but a handful of tankers operated by Mumbai-based Gatik.
The move came as Russian oil exports from its eastern ports regularly traded above the US$60-a-barrel price cap set by the G7, EU and Australia in December last year.
Although the coalition agreed to impose a cap in early September, it was not until December that they applied the $ 60 cap. The three-month gap triggered a ship-buying binge.
VesselsValue’s data shows anonymous purchasers have spent about $3.8 billion on 187 tankers since the war began, with Gatik’s 58 vessels costing an estimated $1.6 billion.
Before the Ukraine war, Russia supplied less than 1 per cent of India’s crude. According to official trade statistics, it now accounts for about 30 per cent.
The New Delhi government has vehemently defended its trade with Russia despite U.S. threats, saying it has to source oil from where it is cheapest.