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An aerial view shows the Vladimir Arsenyev tanker at the crude oil terminal Kozmino on the shore of Nakhodka Bay near the port city of Nakhodka, Russia August 12, 2022. REUTERS/Tatiana Meel//File Photo

An aerial view shows the Vladimir Arsenyev tanker at the crude oil terminal Kozmino on the shore of Nakhodka Bay near the port city of Nakhodka, Russia August 12, 2022. REUTERS/Tatiana Meel//File Photo

Russian Tanker Group Sovcomflot Expects Sanctions to Cut 2024 Revenues

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June 7, 2024
Reuters

ST PETERSBURG, June 7 (Reuters) – Russia’s leading tanker group Sovcomflot FLOT.MM said western sanctions and changing market conditions may cut its revenues this year, a rare admission from a major Russian business of the damage western restrictions against Moscow are having.

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Sovcomflot, which was previously one of the world’s leading tanker operators, in February, in an attempt to reduce Russia’s revenues from oil sales that it can use to support its military actions in Ukraine.

“The main reasons are that the company is under relentless sanctions pressure, which makes it difficult to work,” the Interfax news agency quoted Sovcomflot CEO Igor Tonkovidov as saying at St Petersburg economic forum.

“In addition, the market has changed, which has affected the level of competition and the level of freight rates.”

“There are always problems because of sanctions, in all areas. It definitely makes operations more difficult,” he told Reuters.

Sovcomflot’s revenue in 2023 was $2.3 billion, 22.6% higher than in 2022. Tonkovidov did not give an indication of how much its revenue may fall this year.

Sanctions were impacting 8% of tankers involved in shipping Russian oil, Tonkovidov said in April this year.

(Reporting by Olesya Astakhova and Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Gleb Stolyarov; Editing by Alexander Marrow and Christina Fincher)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2024.

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