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First Azeri Crude Sails from Turkey Since Earthquakes

An aerial view shows collapsed buildings, in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, February 9, 2023. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

First Azeri Crude Sails from Turkey Since Earthquakes

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February 13, 2023

Feb 13 (Reuters) – The Nordlotus sailed from Turkey’s Ceyhan oil export hub loaded with Azeri crude oil on Monday, the first since the earthquakes that hit the region on Feb. 6, ship-tracking data showed and a trading source said. 

The Alfa Baltica was also shown at a jetty at the Botas Ceyhan oil terminal on Monday. The tanker is also loading Azeri crude, a trade source said. 

The earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6 and halted operations at Ceyhan, which receives crude supplies from northern Iraq and Azerbaijan.

Loading of Azerbaijani oil at Ceyhan resumed on Sunday, a spokeswoman for BP said. The company declared force majeure on loadings of Azeri crude from Ceyhan on Feb. 8. 

The Iraqi crude oil pipeline to Ceyhan resumed flows late on Feb. 7, when Iraqi crude was loaded for the first time since the earthquakes. 

(Reporting by Rowena EdwardsEditing by David Goodman)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023.


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