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Tanker delays across Turkish straits not due to Russia oil price cap – official

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Crude oil tanker Ottoman Sincerity is pictured in the northern anchorage as she waits for to cross Bosphorus Strait, in Istanbul, Turkey December 6, 2022. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

Disruptions in tanker traffic from Russia’s Black Sea ports to the Mediterranean are a result of a new Turkish insurance rule, not the price cap on Russian oil agreed by a coalition of G7 countries and Australia, an official with the group said on Tuesday.

Of the 20 loaded crude oil tankers facing delays in the region, all but one appear to be carrying Kazakh – not Russian – origin oil and would not be subject to the price cap “under any scenario,” the official said.

“There should be no change in the status of their insurance from Kazakh shipments in previous weeks or months,” the official added.

Markets are closely watching the impact of a G7-led price cap on Russian seaborne oil that took effect on Monday, but G7 officials say the measure did not cause the backup in Turkey’s Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits into the Mediterranean.

“The price cap policy does not require ships to seek unique insurance guarantees for each individual voyage, as required under Turkey’s rule,” the official said. “These disruptions are the result of Turkey’s rule, not the price cap policy.”

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