Shunned tankers.

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Tankers car­ry­ing nearly two months’ worth of Venezue­lan oil out­put are stuck at sea as global re­fin­ers shun the na­tion’s crude to avoid fall­ing foul of US sanc­tions, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sources, Venezue­lan oil firm PDVSA doc­u­ments and ship­ping data. The Panama-flagged MT Kelly is one of the ves­sels stuck at sea. It sailed for Turkey in April with no char­terer dis­closed by PDVSA at its monthly load­ing sched­ule. The ves­sel en­tered the Mediter­ranean only to turn around, sail back through the Strait of Gi­bral­tar and steam around the coast of Africa, ac­cord­ing to the data. PDVSA, Venezuela’s oil min­istry and Greece-based Al­tomare SA, com­mer­cial man­ager of the MT Kelly, did not re­ply to re­quests for com­ment. Six other ves­sels, an­chored off Malaysia, are man­aged by Greece-based Eurotanker­s Inc and have been wait­ing for up to four months to dis­charge, ac­cord­ing to the Eikon data.

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