HOUSTON : Polish oil and gas firm Orlen has provisionally chartered a supertanker to load Venezuelan oil for China, according to a shipbroker and tracking data, following a temporary easing of U.S. sanctions on the South American country.
The Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Olympic Trophy, chartered for $13 million, is scheduled to load in early December, according to a source and ship tracking data on Kpler.
Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trader, chartered a supertanker earlier this month to load Venezuelan crude for China. Commodities trader Trafigura also chartered a vessel to carry Venezuelan fuel oil for exports, which is currently loading.
The U.S. Treasury Department last month issued a general license lifting, through April, sanctions on Venezuela’s oil production and exports, which has prompted early deals by trading houses buying cargoes from little known intermediaries that have been registered as customers of state company PDVSA.
Washington has said it wants to see progress towards a transparent presidential election in Venezuela, as well as a release of political prisoners, by Nov. 30 or it could reimpose the sanctions.
PDVSA and Orlen did not immediately respond to requests for comments.