The first exports of Nigeria’s Forcados crude oil since October appear to have been completed with two tankers departing the terminal over the past couple of days, Platts reports.
According to cFlow, Platts trade flow software, the Suezmax Densa Orca departed Forcados on Sunday, having arrived at the terminal May 22. Similarly, the Suezmax Astro Perseus, which had been at the Forcados terminal since May 5, was recorded as leaving the terminal late Tuesday. Both ships were listed as being fully laden with crude. A spokeswoman for Shell declined to comment on any crude shipments leaving the terminal but said the existing force majeure on Forcados loadings remains in place.
It is not known where the two vessels are heading, but trading sources said more liftings are planned soon, with five tentative dates for June planned, although no official program has been issued by Shell. Vitol was heard to have taken the Suezmax Namsen on subjects for a 130,000 mt crude stem loading at the Forcados terminal with June 7-8 loading dates, for a WAF-to-UK Continent voyage, but the discharge port was unclear, sources said.