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About 10 Oil Tankers From Kazakhstan Stuck in Turkish Straits

Samizdat – 08.12.2022

Up to 10 tankers carrying oil from Kazakhstan remain stranded in the Turkish straits of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles, the head of the KazMunayGas Kazakh oil and gas company, Magzum Mirzagaliev, said on Thursday.

“As of yesterday, there were 21 tankers there, including six tankers with oil from TCO [Kazakh oil producer]. In general, we estimate that about eight tankers related to Kazakhstan — from eight to 10 — are among those stranded,” Mirzagaliev told reporters.

Mirzagaliev cited the Kazakh Energy Ministry as saying on Wednesday that the delay in the passage of ships through the Turkish straits had already lasted six days at that point. He also recalled the 14-day bottleneck in the same waters last December.

On December 1, Turkey started requiring from oil shippers crossing the Bosphorus Strait and the Dardanelles a letter from an insurer confirming that the vessel is covered by the necessary Protection and Indemnity Insurance (P&I).

On Monday, as the European Union’s sanctions on Russian oil exports by sea went into effect, media reported that about 19 oil tankers were prevented from passing through the Turkish straits.

December 8, 2022 - Posted by | Economics | ,


  1. The subject/title caused me to open this mail “first” this morning. The reporting = appreciated.

    Hmmm…disturbing: but if the log/vesseljam will break soon, all’s well that ends well; i.e., if this is not some geopolitical ploy or vindictive move (non-move) on someone’s/anyone’s part, no more-macro problem?

    I don’t understand why/any connection between “last December” and the current/this December….

    Penultimate-paragraph: Turkey’s requirement for proof of insurance doesn’t seem unreasonable to me given the extant circumstances in the locale/region/world….

    Final paragraph: media reporting seems consistent with Mr. Magzum Mirzagaliev’s observation….

    Also final paragraph: Boo on the EU!–and of course on its gooser/bad-actor wanna-be hegemon (flailing/floundering/f**king-up/failing) USA….

    Sane officials/operatives: Keep that crude flowing/sailing, in the right directions, to the right customers!


    Comment by roberthstiver | December 8, 2022 | Reply

  2. It would be a very smart move for Erdogan to stop playing these childish games with Russia and NATO.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by papasha408 | December 8, 2022 | Reply

    • Ummm. He’s mercurial, all right (and maybe that’s too generous of a word to depict him)…I can’t even try to figure him out. Megalomaniac? Wanna-be caliph? (He doesn’t even appear to support the aspirations of my obsession, Palestine, with any consistency or resolve….) WTH?! (Plus: his Syria-Kurd machinations make me want to grab him by the neck and squeeze some sense of sanity into his brain!) (But then he’ll turn around and take some action that appeals to my amateurish worldview….) WTH??!!


      Comment by roberthstiver | December 8, 2022 | Reply

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