Turkey blocked oil tankers coming to India

Turkey blocked oil tankers coming to India

Turkey’s maritime authority ordered to block oil tankers without appropriate insurance letters from its waters and also guided that it needed time to make checks, dismissing pressure from abroad over a growing queue of vessels.

The number of tankers which are waiting in the Black Sea to cross Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait on the way to the Mediterranean Sea got up to 19 from 16 earlier on Thursday. As the 9 others waiting at the Dardanelles strait it have been a total of 28 tankers waiting.

Bosphorus strait:

The Bosporus Strait or Bosphorus Strait is a natural strait situated in Istanbul in northwestern Turkey. It is an internationally significant waterway for global trade and transportation.

It creates part of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe and divides Turkey by separating Anatolia from Thrace.

Why blocking action happened?

The G7 (group of countries), the European Union and Australia have accorded to bar shipping service providers like insurers from helping export Russian oil unless it is sold at an enforced low price, or cap, to strip Moscow of wartime revenue.

In its tally, one of genuine shipping company stated, tankers longer than 200 metres have waiting north of the Bosphorus and none had a time set for crossing.

Logjam caused as the Turkey has its separate measuring system in force since the start of the month.

It demands vessels to supply proof they have insurance covering the duration of their transit through the Bosphorus strait or when calling at Turkish ports.

Resolving actions:

Talks between Western and Turkish officials on steps to settle the queues were ongoing informed by a British Treasury official.

U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo called Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal on Wednesday that the price cap only applies to Russian oil and does not require additional checks on ships passing through Turkish territorial waters.

Response from Turkey:

In Ankara, the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs of Turkey directed that it was unacceptable to pressure Turkey over what it called “routine” insurance checks in its waters.

The Transport Ministry body also argued that it could remove tankers without proper documentation from its waters but they are required from them a new P&I insurance letter that covers their journey through its territory.

Question & Answer:

Q1. Which nation has blocked oil tankers to pass through it region recently?

Ans. Turkey

Q2. What is the capital and currency of Turkey?

Ans. Capital- Ankara, Currency- Lira

Q3. From which strait turkey blocked ships to pass and where it is located?

Ans. Bosphorus strait, it is located in Istanbul in northwestern Turkey

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