The German flagged ship ‘Seacod’ carrying a cargo of Russian crude oil from the port of Primorsk, Leningrad Oblast, has been berthed at Tranmere Oil Terminal since yesterday (Thursday 3 March.)
The Seacod (pictured above in the Mersey on Thursday morning) left Primorsk for Essar owned Tranmere Oil Terminal on 22 February. The tanker moored at the South Berth at Tranmere Oil Terminal at 12:42pm/UTC yesterday after a delay of 24 hours while anchoring in Liverpool Bay that was not part of its schedule.
On 1 March, birkenhead.news contacted Essar to ask for a statement on the matter, but at the time of publication of this article has yet to receive a response.
It is understood that dockworkers at Tranmere and Stanlow have refused to unload Russian oil. This echoes similar actions at Kent and in the Netherlands.
As of 9pm today, 4 March, the Seacod is still moored at the South Terminal at Tranmere.
Sharon Graham, the general secretary of Unite, said, “Essar may believe that it is justifiable to transport Russian oil under a flag of convenience but Unite does not. Unite urges the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, to close this loophole immediately.”
On 28 February, Transport Secretary Grant Schapps wrote to all UK ports asking them not to provide access to any Russian flagged, registered, owned, controlled, chartered, or operated vessels. However, there was some ambiguity regarding Russian cargoes.
The decision was made as many Russian oil ships were docked at various ports across the UK waiting to be offloaded.
On Tuesday, this ban was reinforced when a law was passed involving a total ban on all ships with any Russian connection, meaning that the Seacod with its Russian cargo of oil should now be refused at the Essar owned Tranmere Oil Terminal.
The German flagged ship ‘Seacod’ understood to be carrying a cargo of Russian crude oil from the port of Primorsk, Leningrad Oblast, has berthed Tranmere Oil Terminal.
The Seacod (pictured above in the Mersey this morning) left Primorsk for Tranmere Oil Terminal on 22 February, before Vladimir Putin sent the Russian troops to invade Ukraine.
The tanker was due to arrive at Tranmere Oil Terminal at 12:00UTC yesterday, but was at anchor in Liverpool Bay overnight until departing for Tranmere this morning.
The German flagged ship ‘Seacod’ understood to be carrying a cargo of Russian crude oil from the port of Primorsk, Leningrad Oblast, has arrived in Liverpool Bay, en route to Tranmere Oil Terminal.
The Seacod left Primorsk for Tranmere Oil Terminal on 22 February, before Vladimir Putin sent the Russian army to invade Ukraine.
The tanker was due to arrive at Tranmere at 12:00UTC, but has been at anchor in Liverpool Baysince this afternoon. The Royal Navy Frigate HMS Argyll (F231) was also in Liverpool Bay as Seacod was on its approach, apparently on the course that the Seacod would take to berth at Tranmere Oil Terminal.