Jet Fuel, Diesel Heads for France amid Refinery Disruptions

Total's need for jet fuel and diesel as refinery output in France is disrupted by strike action is seeing some 390,000 metric tons of jet fuel and over half a million tons of diesel either stuck outside ports or arriving within the next two weeks.

The French oil major also disclosed the purchase of two 30,000-ton jet fuel cargoes yesterday, as industrial action crippled key ports and refineries for much of the past two weeks. Cargoes of jet fuel and diesel are also seen diverting within the northwest Europe region to compensate for the production shortfall.

The Vitol-controlled Front Cougar is one of 21 middle distillate-carrying tankers tracked heading for French ports by mid-June, or at anchor waiting to discharge cargo.

Reports say that strikes have been preventing the planned restart of Total's Donges refinery, since May 21, while a strike at the Gonfreville refinery, near Le Havre, appears to have ended with the refinery there now restarting.

Five Total refineries have been partially or fully interrupted as part of a French labor dispute. Total did not respond to OPIS requests for information. Neither did UFIP, the French refinery association.

There is 390,000 metric tons of jet fuel to be discharged at French ports until June 17, including three tankers anchored outside ports, according to the OPIS Tanker Tracker.

Nearly 500,000 tons of diesel is tracked heading to France, arriving by June 19. That includes three tankers already at anchor and yet to discharge their cargo at Le Havre.

Jet fuel cargoes tracked include:
--Front Cougar (Vitol, 90kt), outside Le Havre since May 24.

--Valtellina (Total, 30kt) outside Fos (Port-de-Bouc) since June 3.

--Pacific Sky (Castleton, 80kt) signaling arrival Le Havre around June 10.

--Lia (Castleton, 60kt) signaling arrival Le Havre around June 11.

--Captain Paris (Shell, 90kt) signaling arrival Le Havre around June 17.

--Alpine Mathilde (Total, 40kt) signalling arrived Lavera (Port-de-Bouc) June 5.

Diesel cargoes tracked:
--RN Privodino (Orlen, 20kt) arriving Le Havre June 7.

--STI Veneto (Vitol, 90kt) signaling arrival Fos by June 8.

--Polar Cod (Trafigura, 60kt) signaling Lavera by June 7.

--Seafriend (Exxon, 38kt) Bordeaux June 6.

--Baltic Advance (Litasco, 30kt) Rouen by June 10.

--Energy Centaur (Litasco, 60kt) Le Havre by June 9.

--Valle di Nervion (Petroineos, 30kt) arrived Fos (Port-de-Bouc) today

--Sichem Osprey (BP,22kt) imminent arrival Bordeaux

--Kerel (Glencore, 30kt) imminent arrival Donges

--High Force (Glencore, 40kt), at anchorage, Le Havre

--Apatura (22kt) at anchorage, Le Havre

--Searay (Litasco, 30kt) at anchorage, Le Havre

--Mariann (60kt) signaling Le Havre by June 19

--Alpine Eternity (38kt, Glencore) not arriving until end month.

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