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Russia’s Novo fuel terminal resumes loadings after drone attack, LSEG data, sources say

The Importpischeprom oil products terminal at Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiisk resumed fuel loadings on May 18 after suspending operations following a drone attack a day earlier, according to industry sources and LSEG data.

Novorossiisk is Russia’s largest port on the Black Sea, and a key outlet for crude oil and oil product exports and transit in Russia’s south. The Importpischeprom terminal exports light oil products as well as fertilizers and vegetable oils.

The data shows the Gratia tanker has already been loaded with around 15,000 metric tons of diesel at the terminal and is moving to its destination, the port of Dakar in Senegal.

Two other tankers, PM Bacton and Osaka, are being loaded with fuel at the port, according to the data.

The Russian Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport (Rosmorrechflot) did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

A drone attack on Novorossiisk on Friday hit the Importpischeprom terminal and Sheskharis oil harbour, sources said and video shared on social media showed.

The port was shut soon after the attack, but resumed oil loadings from the Sheskharis oil harbour and fuel oil terminal later the same day, according to industry sources and LSEG data.

Novorossiisk also loads oil from coming Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, and handles grain, coal, mineral fertilizers, timber, containers, food and chemical cargoes.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Reuters; Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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