Tanker Stopped by U.S. in Transit from Russia to New Orleans

Ship was chartered by a commodities trader.

United States authorities have stopped a ship traveling from Russia to the Port of New Orleans, Louisiana, with a cargo of fuel products. The tanker is owned by a Greek shipowner and was chartered by Vitol, a commodity trading house located in Switzerland. It sailed from Russia’s Taman peninsula in the Black Sea in early June carrying fuel oil and vacuum gasoil, the data showed, and was planning to arrive in New Orleans on Sunday.

Vitol said it had complied with all of the sanctions levied against Russia.

In related news, the G7 meeting in Germany this week is set to broaden sanctions on Russia, set a fuel price cap, and raise tariffs, a move intended to weaken the Russian military by blocking access to Western technology. The G7 plans to use funds earned by tariffs to help Ukraine cover the costs of war.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the president and his energy advisors as they consider measures to reduce the cost of gasoline.
  • For discernment for U.S. and international officials as they seek to reduce Russia’s ability to fund the war in Ukraine.
  • For the president to seek God’s guidance as he responds to foreign and domestic issues.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Reuters


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