Europe-Bound Jet Tanker Diverts to Caribbean
A Europe-bound tanker laden with 60,000 metric tons of jet fuel will arrive within 24 hours at the Caribbean storage port of St. Croix on the U.S. Virgin Islands after diverting from its original destination of Rotterdam.
The Justice Victoria reportedly loaded the cargo at the Indian port of Sikka around May 2, based on information from shipbrokers and satellite-tracking data. Shell had chartered the vessel, reports said. On May 12, the vessel was signaling it would be arriving in Rotterdam within about two weeks, and by May 18 this had changed to Shellhaven in the U.K., where Shell often delivers jet fuel cargoes.
A further change was seen on May 26 when Gibraltar was signaled, a destination used when the ship's final discharge port is unclear, often when the cargo isn't sold. However, on May 31, the Justice Victoria signaled its last and final destination: St Croix.
Diversion of the 30 to 40 Europe-bound jet fuel cargoes tracked arriving in the 28 member countries each month are rarely seen. Last diversions were tracked in January when distillate oversupplies in Europe saw onshore storage shortages and two vessels divert to the Caribbean or the U.S as prices plunged to 12-year lows.