The first Russian tanker to arrives in Havana since Cuba seized the Texaco, Shell and Esso refineries for refusing to process crude Russian oil, arrived July 7 in Havana Harbour.
LV Tanker in Morro Castle entrance to Havana Dock area
LV Tanker moves along Regla area of docks
SLV Ships' name
LV In dock area
LV Another angle above
LV Esso and Shell refineries
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Background: The first Russian tanker to arrives in Havana since Cuba seized the Texaco, Shell and Esso refineries for refusing to process crude Russian oil, arrived July 7 in Havana Harbour.
The tanker approached the Morro Castle entrance to the Havana Dock area, then proceeded to the Regla area of the docks; in the background: the Esso and Shell refineries.
The Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, a world-wide oganisation, issued a statement July 8 warning anyone contemplating the use of tankers for carriage of Russian crude oil that Standard Oil would 'remember' this fact when placing long-term contracts.
Observers said this was presumably aimed at preventing Cuba being supplied by Black-Sea-oil-carrying tankers from Europe.
This first crude-oil shipment followed by others helped the Castro Regime to stave off a fuel shortage until the seized refineries could be operated fully again by Cuban technicians. Cuba's power system depends on oil-fired generators.