Ships loaded with Russian diesel accumulate off the Brazilian coast

Ships loaded with Russian diesel accumulate off the Brazilian coast


A survey shows that ships transport around 3.2 million liters of diesel, but there is no clear reason for waiting.| Photo: Ricardo Botelho/MME

At least 3.2 million barrels of diesel transported on ships from Russia are parked along the Brazilian coast waiting to be unloaded, but without a clear reason for the delay in arriving in the country.

The survey carried out by the consultancy Kpler with the Bloomberg points out that there is a kind of anomaly in the supplies of the Russian oil industry amid the sanctions imposed by the United States and allies due to the war against Ukraine.

A People’s Gazette contacted Petrobras to confirm the reason for waiting for unloading and is awaiting a response. The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) did not comment and advised to ask for explanations from the Ministry of Ports and Airports (MPOR), the National Waterway Transport Agency (Antaq) and the Navy, which were contacted by the report in the early afternoon and still they did not speak out.

According to the investigation of the Bloomberg, the volume stopped waiting for unloading represents approximately two weeks of Brazilian fuel imports, and that there does not appear to be a complete interruption in the unloading of Russian cargo in the country. There are also signs that another 3.3 million barrels of diesel are on their way to the country, many of them already crossing the Atlantic.

Despite the expectation that operators will unload cargo as soon as possible, says the investigation, some vessels signaled to continue towards Brazil may take a while to reach their destination.

A Bloomberg reported that the country also imported diesel from the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait this month, diversifying supply sources given the complex situation in the international oil market.

In addition to Brazil, diesel cargoes are also stuck on tankers in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Guinea, while there is a build-up of oil cargoes outside Indian ports.


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