Of the 26 tankers that were detained due to Ankara’s new rules in connection with the introduction of a price ceiling for Russian oil, 19 tankers have already passed through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits.
Turkey stated that the problem of closed straits and blocked oil tankers due to the entry into force of the embargo on Russian oil has already been resolved.
According to the Financial Times, of the 26 tankers that were detained due to Ankara’s new rules in connection with the introduction of a price ceiling for Russian oil, 19 tankers have already passed through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits.
Norwegian company Gard, which is part of an international group of 13 protection and indemnity clubs, also said a solution had been found.
“Following engagement between the International P&I Group (IG) and the Turkish government, an agreement was reached to allow vessels carrying crude oil cargoes to continue their voyages through Turkish-controlled waters,” the statement said.
The war in Ukraine and the embargo on Russian oil:
At the end of May 2022, EU leaders agreed to introduce a ban on the export of Russian oil.
From December 1, 2022, Turkey requires oil shippers to have insurance for passage through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles. The new rules are related to compliance with EU and Great Britain sanctions against the Russian Federation, although Turkey did not formally join them. With other owls, Turkey closed the straits for uninsured tankers with Russian oil.
On December 3, the Council of the European Union decided to set the ceiling price for oil exported from Russia at USD 60 per barrel.
On December 5, 2022, EU oil sanctions against Russia entered into force.
The price ceiling means that from December 5, the 27 EU countries, the UK, the US, Canada, Japan and Australia will provide services related to Russian tanker oil only if it is purchased at or below a set ceiling price. From February 5, 2023, the purchase of Russian oil products will also be prohibited.
On December 6, 2022, Turkey closed the straits for some tankers with Russian oil.