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Canada Slaps Sanctions on Russia Energy Firms

Canada slaps sanctions on Gazprom, other Russia energy firms   Canada is imposing economic sanctions against Russian energy firms such as natural gas producer Gazprom OAO in response to the actions of Russian-backed militants in Ukraine, Ottawa said on Monday.   A government statement did not give details of the sanctions. Other firms targeted are Gazprom Neft OAO, Surgutneftegaz OAO and Transnefteprodukt OAO.     (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Richard Chang)


Norway Supports Statoil, Rosneft JV

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  Norwegian authorities have given the Stavanger-based energy giant Statoil the go-ahead on joint projects with Rosneft, a Russian oil titan that was the target of Western sanctions in 2014. Statoil and Rosneft previously agreed on four projects to explore and produce oil on the Russian continental shelf in the Barents Sea and in the Sea of Okhotsk close to the Arctic Circle. Additionally, there are two joint cooperation projects onshore.


Ninety North Korean Ships Granted Entry to Japan

Ninety North Korean vessels were granted certificates to enter Japanese ports in the eight months since a new law that bans entry of any ship without insurance took effect, according to a Daily Yomiuri report. The law on liability for oil pollution damage, which came into force on March 1, requires vessels of 100 tons or larger to be insured before docking in Japan. It had been viewed as a de facto economic sanction


Shipping Company's Losses Total $110M

Ukraine's Danube Shipping Company lost $110 million due to military action in Yugoslavia last year that destroyed bridges and blocked traffic along the Danube, transport minister Leonid Kostyuchenko said. NATO launched air strikes last year on Yugoslavia, which it accused of ethnic cleansing in the province of Kosovo, densely populated by ethnic Albanians. Kostyuchenko said collapsed bridges had blocked 63 Ukrainian ships on upper stretches of the Danube


Russia Says Will React if U.S. Imposes New Sanctions

  Russia will take counter measures if Washington imposes new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday. The U.S. Congress has readied new sanctions on Russian weapons companies and investors in the country's high-tech oil projects, but U.S. President Barack Obama has yet to sign a corresponding bill into law. "We will not be able to leave that without an answer


Trucks Carrying Turkish Exports Blocked at Russian Border

Around 1,250 trucks carrying Turkish exports have been blocked from entering Russia and are stranded at border posts awaiting clearance, a senior shipping industry representative told Reuters on Monday.   Six days after NATO-member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet in the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, calls for calm have gone largely unheeded. Ankara refuses to back down and Russia responds with sanctions.  


East Ukraine Referendum Raises Fears Of Dismemberment

  Rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that has raised fears of civil war and pitched Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War. Clashes broke out around a television tower on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Slaviansk shortly before voters made their way to polling stations through streets blocked by barricades of felled trees


Russia's Yamal LNG Project May Tap Wealth Fund in 2014

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  Russia's Novatek may get funds from the National Wealth Fund for its Yamal LNG project before the year-end, a minister said, as part of government plans to support sanction-hit companies. Russia's No.2 gas producer, co-owned by an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Gennady Timchenko, was put on the Western sanctions list over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, limiting its ability to raise funds in Western markets.


Russia to Deepen Novorossiysk for Larger Ships

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 The Russian government plans to spend between $400 to $500 million to expand and deepen the harbor of the Novorossiysk seaport to handle larger vessels, reports Moscow News.   Construction, in order to make it more competitive with Ukrainian ports also on the Black Sea,  is set to begin in the first quarter of next year with completion scheduled for 2020.   Russian government expects that the project will boost container volume at Novorossiysk by 10 to 15 percent


Iran Hurries India to Finish Chabahar Port

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 India has come “under pressure” from Iran to complete the Chabahar Port project, with the lifting of Iranian trade sanctions, reports Hindu Business Line.   Acting strategically to China’s repeated attempts to wean away India from Chabahar Port upgradation, India is taking steps to firm up its bilateral negotiations and alliance with Iran.    According to highly placed sources


Cepsa Resumes Iranian Oil Supplies to Spain

Spanish refiner Cepsa will ship a 1-million barrel cargo of Iranian oil to its refineries, according to vessel agents' data and market players' information on Wednesday.   Global oil markets, already oversupplied, have been jittery over the return of Iranian oil after the lifting of


Glencore to Lift Iranian Fuel Oil at Bandar Mahshahr

Anglo-Swiss commodity trader Glencore has chartered a ship to load Iranian fuel oil at the Iranian port of Bandar Mahshahr in a move that signals the return of legitimate Iranian crude and oil products to international markets. The Greek-owned vessel, Green Warrior


Canada Says Lifting Some Sanctions Against Iran

The Canadian government said on Friday it was lifting some sanctions against Iran, including the broad ban on financial services, imports and exports, making Canadian companies more competitive against rivals doing business in Iran.  


N.Korea Shipper Skirts UN Sanctions, Gets Port Access

A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company continues to evade sanctions through its use of foreign-flagged ships, name changes and other means of obfuscation, according to a new report by United Nations monitors.   The U.N. Security Council's Panel of Experts on North Korea


Insurer Caution to Slow Oil Tanker Market's Return to Iran

Foreign oil tanker owners are expected to make a slow return to Iran despite the lifting of many sanctions as insurers tread carefully, leaving shipping players unwilling to pick up cargoes as quickly as Tehran has wanted.   A nuclear deal between world powers - known as the P5+1 - and


Saudi's UASC Resumes Iran Biz

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 Amid political rivalry between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is resuming business with Iran following the lifting of Western sanctions, reports Reuters.   Saudi Arabia is one of the shipping line's main shareholders


Kuo Oil Looks to Lift Two Iranian Fuel Cargoes

U.S. lifts 2012 Iran sanctions against three trader companies; Kuo Oil seeks to load two Iranian fuel oil cargoes. Kuo Oil, a Singapore-based oil trading company, is seeking ships to load Iranian fuel oil, according to a shipping broker report, now that it is finally clear of U.S


Greece to Restart Crude Oil Purchases from Iran

Greece's biggest oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum agreed on Friday to buy crude oil from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the first European refiner to restart trade relations with Iran after the lifting of international sanctions.  


Iran Plans Listing NITC to Fund Fleet Modernization

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Iran plans to list its national tanker company to raise badly needed cash to upgrade its massive fleet and replace older vessels, as the middle east country prepares for an aggressive return to the global oil market.   The country emerged from years of economic isolation last weekend after


Global Insurers Plot Cautious Course to Iran

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* Iranian insurers see tie-up interest from foreign players * Local insurance market worth $7.4 bln in premiums * Iranian players seeking credit ratings to help partnerships * Caution remains over U.S. restrictions still in place By Bernardo Vizcaino and Carolyn Cohn


Iran to Resume Shipping Oil to Japan

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 The media in Tehran said on Saturday that Japan plans to extend a contract to purchase crude oil from Iran.   Shana news agency – affiliated to Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum – has reported that Japan’s contract will be extended until April 2017.   


CMA CGM Steps Up Iran Presence

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France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping group, will expand its presence in Iran after signing a landmark deal on Thursday with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). Many Western businesses are seeking to invest in Iran, a nation of 80 million people


Iran Slowly Offloads Stockpiled Oil

Iran is slowly winding down stocks of oil stored on tankers close to its shores and the process is likely to take longer than Tehran had wanted, despite the lifting of international sanctions this month. The pace of sales taken from floating storage highlights the difficulties Iran is facing


Singapore Slaps Heavy Fine on N. Korea-linked Shipper

Singapore-based Chinpo Shipping Company (Private) Ltd was fined S$180,000 ($125,698) on Friday for facilitating a shipment of arms to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions. The Singapore District Court had found Chinpo guilty in December of transferring financial assets or resources that


SMM Hamburg Opens the Door for Iran

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For the first time after the end of the trade sanctions, Iran will be represented by a national pavilion at international maritime trade fair SMM Hamburg.   “An industry fair is a great platform for building new relationships and getting to know each other






 
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