Flota oscura de India transporta petróleo de Rusia
May 25, 2023 - Gatik Ship Management, basada en Mumbai, era propietaria de solo dos buques petroleros en 2021. Desde que Rusia invadió Ucrania el año pasado, ha comprado 56 barcos para transportar petróleo desde Rusia, principalmente a puertos en India.
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.