MOSCOW, April 19 (Reuters) – Three gas carriers loaded with butane and propane crossed the Russia-built Crimean Bridge on April 12-14 after a four-month wait and set sail to their destinations, Refinitiv ship-tracking data showed on Wednesday.
Two industry sources also said it could mean Russia’s terminal in Temryuk on the Azov Sea coast is ready to resume exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The arrival of Gas Milan Gas transporter into Temryuk Bay could also indicate a possible resumption of deliveries, according to ship tracking data from Refinitiv.
The 12-mile road and rail bridge, which President Vladimir Putin personally opened in 2018, was bombed in October in an attack Russia said was carried out by Ukraine, which denied its involvement. The bridge spans the Kerch Strait, connecting the Black Sea to the smaller Sea of Azov.
Several tankers loaded with butane and propane failed to cross the border Crimean bridge Due to security restrictions, traders said last month.
The Maktren-Naphtha terminal, the port of Temryuk and Russia’s Federal Traffic Monitoring Service did not respond to a request for comment.
It usually takes up to a week for tankers to deliver LPG cargoes from Temryuk to the Romanian ports of Midia and Mangalia or the Bulgarian port of Burgas.
(Reported by Reuters; Edited by Barbara Lewis)
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